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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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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 Brings Together Top Industry Leaders For Discussion On Technology Advancements In Sewn Products Manufacturing

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March 6, 2019 - Textile World

The Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) hosted its 9th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference last Wednesday, February 27, bringing together a group of leaders on the frontline of manufacturing to discuss the current and future state of innovations in the sewn products industry. Held in conjunction with Techtextil North America 2019 in Raleigh, N.C., the event attracted more than 90 registered attendees from 18 states (including the District of Columbia) and five countries...

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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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