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SPESA Marks 30th Anniversary at Virtual Executive Conference

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November 12, 2020 - eTextile Communications

Nearly 150 attendees registered for SPESA’s first-ever Virtual Executive Conference, which took place October 29-30 and was held in lieu of its in-person event scheduled to occur in Boston...

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First-ever SPESA Virtual Executive Conference to Start Today

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October 29, 2020 - Apparel Resources

SPESA is all set to start its first-ever virtual executive conference today which will continue till 30 October. As SPESA celebrates its 30 years of evolution, the 2-day conference will aim at discussing the new future of sewn product industry post-COVID-19, while talking about the industry’s past as well as present developments at the same time...

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MOTIF Releases The State of Skills in the Apparel Industry 2020 Report

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September 30, 2020 - MOTIF

Over 900 professionals from all parts of the apparel value chain took part in the second global MOTIF State of Skills in the Apparel Industry 2020 survey supported by 19 industry associations, including SPESA. The survey Report provides insights on the state of skills and training trends and reflects on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on professional learning to inform business and talent development strategies...

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Announcing the 2020 Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas Virtual Symposium

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September 16, 2020 - Behind the Seams

The 2020 Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas Symposiums have gone virtual. Like the in-person events, this monthly series will provide attendees the opportunity to learn from the brightest minds in both industry and academia...

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A Wrinkle in the Plan: Is Cut-and-Sew a Barrier to Reshoring in the Textiles Industry?

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September 14, 2020 - PrintingNews

One result of the current pandemic has been an increased focus on how to restructure the textiles industry’s fragile global supply chain. Brands and retailers appear to be thinking more seriously about how and what to reshore. And a growing number of industry manufacturers are either establishing microfactories for on-demand production or augmenting conventional manufacturing with digital components...

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SPESA Continues to Support the Sewn Products Industry in the Time of COVID-19

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September 14, 2020 - WhatTheyThink

Guest contributor Michael McDonald, president of SPESA, provides an update of how the association has been helping its members in the sewn products industry cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, and what its updated roster of events looks like...

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Pivoting to the PPE Textile Products Market

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September 1, 2020 - Specialty Fabrics Review

How the manufacturing of medical protective gear is challenging U.S.-based textile businesses — and throwing them a lifeline...

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Michael McDonald Shares Insights on Current and Future Sewn Products

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August 27, 2020 - WhatTheyThink

Michael McDonald, President of SPESA, provides background on the organization and discusses the latest developments in cut-and-sew automation with an emphasis on the "last mile" of sewing. He also discusses the need to attract new talent to the industry and cites some of the activities that are helping to do so...

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SPESA Support

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August 12, 2020 - PrintingNews

It was going to be a big year for the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas. Originally established in 1990, this time was going to be dedicated to celebrating a 30-year milestone for the organization, exploring lessons learned and looking toward the future and where it is headed next...

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Report on the Current Situation of the Global Garment Industry in Terms of the Coronavirus Disaster

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July 15, 2020

J.S.N. International interviewed prominent figures involved in the global garment industry, including SPESA President Michael McDonald, regarding the current situation of the industry in terms of the Covid-19 disaster as well as the industry's outlook...

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Techtextil North America & Texprocess Americas 2020 Postponed Until Next Editions

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July 14, 2020

The organizers of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas have announced that the co-located events have been postponed beyond 2020...

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One Billion Gowns by August

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June 10, 2020 - Textile Insight

The COVID-19 pandemic could well have been the demise of the U.S. textile and apparel industry. Instead, it has presented the industry with an opportunity to respond in a cooperative effort that may harbinger the development of a robust vertical supply chain in the U.S. and Western Hemisphere...

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U.S. Apparel Industry Relies on Collaborative Efforts to Remain Competitive

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May 28, 2020 - California Apparel News

The movement to support domestic manufacturing in the United States was growing prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 at a slow yet steady pace. With supply chains disrupted and early shortages of personal protective equipment, apparel makers were faced with difficult decisions...

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Webinars successfully unmasking PPE issue

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May 21, 2020 - eTextile Communications

As we wade through these uncharted waters, one of the best learning opportunities for me has been to attend a number of webinars around the topic, including a series hosted by N.C. State University’s Wilson College of Textiles, in partnership with IFAI, SEAMS, SPESA and IPC...

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It Took a Crisis to Really Come Together - What Lessons Can We Take From This to Rebalance Our American Supply Chain?

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May 21, 2020 - Jill Coleman (LinkedIn Post)

Apparel industry associations heard the “call to action” and brought silos together to act as a vertical supply chain. Barriers between competitors, brands, suppliers and industry associations have been removed. This industry of very smart people came together to service their new “consumer”--information was being shared openly...

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Fashion Industry Efforts to Address Global PPE Shortages

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May 13, 2020 - Just-Style

NC State's Wilson College of Textiles has partnered with IFAI — with sponsorship from IPC, SEAMS, and SPESA — to create a series of webinars on PPE production and design. Webinars include an introduction to PPE production and nonwovens technology in the production of PPE...

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SPESA Member News: The Fox Company Announces New Hire

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May 7, 2020

The Fox Company announces that Calvin Hampton has joined the Fox Team in the capacity of senior sales and technical manager...

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Henderson Sewing Machine quickly introduces PPE production systems

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April 30, 2020 - eTextile Communications

The leadership and technical teams at Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Andalusia, Ala., had to quickly pivot from its normal products into PPE manufacturing technologies in order to support the cause, according to President & CEO Frank Henderson...

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Gerber Technology’s PPE Task Force came together quickly

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April 30, 2020 - eTextile Communications

What began as an idea at Gerber Technology quickly blossomed – literally over a weekend – into something big as it relates to addressing the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortage...

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Technology Opens New Channels for Supply Chain Communication

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April 21, 2020 - Just-Style

With Covid-19 putting a stop to all non-essential travel, global supply chains are being put to the test as brands and retailers have to rethink how they work, how they communicate with their manufacturers on placing orders and product design, and with business associates globally. Technology is now taking a front seat and software companies are stepping in to help bridge the gap...

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Achievements & Challenges of Rapid Response Efforts

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April 17, 2020 - Textile Insight Extra

Navigating today’s uncharted path of domestic production of PPE is not for the faint of heart, but textile execs say that collaboration – even with competitors – along with willingness to learn and evolve during an ever-changing crisis situation is bringing impressive results...

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It’s a New Day, a New Time

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April 16, 2020

eTextile Communications: Over the last few weeks, the sewn products, textiles and apparel industry and many of its suppliers have demonstrated all that is possible when everyone comes together with a common purpose to address a major crisis. And for this industry in the U.S., the possibilities appear endless...

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SPESA Member News: Consew Announces Commitment to Assist with Efforts to Produce Face Masks and Other PPEs

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April 16, 2020

Consew, a leading manufacturer of industrial sewing machines for heavy industrial use, announces its commitment to assist with efforts in transforming manufacturing plants to produce face masks and other PPE (personal protective equipment) products...

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Gerber Technology Brings Together Industry Suppliers to Increase Production and Availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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April 8, 2020 - Gerber Technology Press Release

Gerber’s PPE Task Force has brought more than 600 companies and leading associations together to fight COVID-19...

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Americas Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPN) Online Coronavirus Sourcing Center Views Surpass 10,000

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April 3, 2020 - Textile World

The Americas Apparel Producers’ Network’s (AAPN’s) online Sourcing Center continues to produce for the medical community during the coronavirus crisis. Users have come from every corner of the industry including members of NAUMD (uniforms), IFAI (fabric), INDA (nonwovens), SPESA (equipment), SEAMS (regional) and AAFA (lobby)...

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Shimmy into the Digital Future with AI-Supported Training for Textile Workers

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December 16, 2019 - What They Think

At the recent SPESA Executive Conference, Cary Sherburne had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Krasley of Shimmy, a company that provides training for garment workers using gamification (to make it more engaging) and artificial intelligence for localization, among other things. With automation increasingly expected to eliminate jobs in the textiles and other industries, upskilling of these workers is a critical investment in our future—and theirs...

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Can the "Last Mile" of Manufacturing — Sewing — Be More Automated? Frank Henderson Says Yes

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December 16, 2019 - What They Think

A third-generation family-owned company in business for 50 years, Henderson Sewing Machine Company has changed with the times, according to CEO Frank Henderson. With sewing — the "last mile" in textile manufacturing automation — still requiring significant manual labor, Henderson talks about the challenges of automating textile sewn products and the progress that is being made...

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Attracting New Talent to Textile Manufacturing Starts with 8th Graders at the Manufacturing Solutions Center

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December 12, 2019 - What They Think

Dan St. Louis describes the work being done over the last 30 years at the Manufacturing Solutions Center to help create and maintain jobs. As part of the Catawba Community College, the group, among other things, hosts tours of its facility and selected manufacturing plants for 8th graders to encourage them to seek jobs in the industry...

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SPESA Members Collect Knowledge, Connections, Memories in N’Awlins

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December 5, 2019 - eTextileCommunications

Members and guests of SPESA on hand for its annual Executive Conference here recently came away with new knowledge, connections, and plenty of memories of the Big Easy scene...

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U.S. Department of Commerce Sees Textiles as a Good Case Study for Reshoring Manufacturing

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December 2, 2019 - What They Think

Lloyd Wood, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials, U.S. Department of Commerce, was a speaker at the recent SPESA Executive Conference and took time to share his thoughts about what the Department of Commerce is doing to help the textiles and apparel industry be more competitive...

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SPESA Executive Conference Looks at the State of the Sewn Products Industry

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November 4, 2019 - What They Think

Last week, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne had the pleasure of attending the Executive Conference sponsored by the Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) in New Orleans. This was the first major event planned by the new staff, led by Michael McDonald, President, and by all accounts, it was a huge success...

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SPESA Executive Conference Addresses Issues Affecting the Sewn Products Industry: Trade, Workforce, and More

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October 31, 2019 - What They Think

Michael McDonald, President of SPESA, the Sewn Products Equipment Suppliers of the Americas, discusses the challenges facing the Sewn Products industry, including misconceptions about employment in manufacturing that can be a barrier to attracting new talent. He discusses the role of the organization's Executive Conference, explains what attendees learned, and noted that James Carville, known as the Ragin' Cajun and a native of New Orleans, where the conference was held, was the keynote speaker...

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Small Business Administration Targets Textiles and Sewn Products as Biz Dev Case Study

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October 30, 2019 - What They Think

Interview conducted at the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference - Chris Pilkerton, Acting Administrator of the United States Small Business Administration, talks about his experiences with companies in the textiles and sewn products industries...

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SPESA’s New Leadership Team Committed to Carrying on Legacy

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October 25, 2019 - eTextileCommunications

Following is a Q&A with the SPESA leadership team that took over operations at the beginning of the year. Michael McDonald is President; Maggie McDonald is Vice President of Communications; and Marie D'Avignon is Vice President of Operations...

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Why it’s a Good Time to Take Another Look at Sourcing in Central America (Yes, Again)

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August 15, 2019 - Sourcing Journal

Whenever the apparel supply chain is staring down some sort of upheaval—whether it’s the Tranche 4 tariffs, fires in Bangladesh or China wage hikes—many decide that it’s a good time to take another look at sourcing in Central America...

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The Changing Dynamics of Manufacturing Across the Americas

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August 7, 2019 - Sourcing Journal

In 2017, Nidhi Kapur, jumped feet first into a brand new bold endeavor by launching a direct-to-consumer furniture brand called Maiden Home. Like many millennial consumers, Kapur was tired of mass-produced furnishings that came with a hefty price tag and low quality materials. She craved the lost art of craftsmanship, and sought to change the trajectory of how furniture was manufactured by going straight to the original source: North Carolina...

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Op-Ed: The US Sewn Products Industry Faces Sizable Labor Shortage

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July 9, 2019 - Sourcing Journal

The sewn products sector is struggling where labor is concerned. As evidence of this fact, there’s a man in Texas who is alleged to be the only person within a 200-mile radius with the skills needed to repair sewn product manufacturing equipment. Just by listening to a machine, he’s able to identify the problem and offer a solution, and he can be at your factory sometime between next Tuesday and two months from now. He is a regional prodigy. He also represents the decline in local resources and a need for skilled labor...

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SPESA’s 2019 Advancements In Manufacturing Conference

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April 16, 2019 - Textile World

SPESA’s 9th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference attracted 90 industry leaders in Raleigh, N.C…

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SPESA President Explains Association’s Value to the Sewn Products Industry

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April 15, 2019 - What They Think

Are you a supplier to the sewn products industry? If so, are you a member of SPESA? And if you are not, this article from Senior Editor Cary Sherburne lays out why you should be. SPESA’s President Michael McDonald shares his thoughts on the association’s role in promoting and supporting the sewn products industry from the supplier’s perspective...

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Sewn Products: Hurdles & Opportunities

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March 25, 2019 - Textile World

The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) recently collocated its 9th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference with Techtextil North America held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C. More than 90 registered attendees came together to discuss issues facing the sewn products industry. The conference focused on the current and future state of innovations in the sewn products industry related to microfactories, on-demand manufacturing, software connectivity and automation...

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Microfactories, Automation, Talent, Investment: Deconstructing the Reality of Made-in-the- USA Manufacturing

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March 11, 2019 - Apparel Magazine

When you’re talking about automating the apparel industry, and where we’re headed in the future, it’s helpful to understand where the industry has been, why it changed, and what’s sparking the changes that it will need to accommodate going forward…

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SPESA: Meet The New President Michael McDonald

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February 20, 2019 - Textile World

In February of 2018, The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) Board of Directors named Michael McDonald SPESA executive director. McDonald worked alongside then president, Benton Gardner, and managing director, Dave Gardner, until their retirement at the end of last year. McDonald then assumed full management of SPESA at the beginning of January 2019 as president...

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SPESA To Host Advancements In Manufacturing Technologies Conference In Conjunction With Techtextil North America

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December 17, 2018 - Textile World

Techtextil North America announced today that SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) will hold its Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday, February 27, in conjunction with the show’s 2019 edition...

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