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Monday Member Spotlight: Gerber Technology

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November 11, 2019

Gerber Technology holds a special place in the SPESA family. Former Board Chairman, Sam Simpson, represented Gerber Technology on the SPESA Board for nearly two decades, and Vice President of product management and marketing for Automation Systems at Gerber Technology, Lenny Marano, was recently voted in as the newest SPESA Board member...

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Guest Post: Join Exenta at the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference

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October 16, 2019

Continuing professional development is an essential component to being a leader in your space. Taking the time to network with others in the industry, to learn about coming trends and changes, and to hear new perspectives is vital to remaining agile and crucial to the ability to adapt and grow as an organization. At Exenta, we strive to make professional development a priority, and that’s why we’ll be at the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference...

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Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Update for SPESA Members

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October 15, 2019

The U.S. International Trade Commission is now accepting petitions seeking temporary duty suspensions and reductions in accordance with the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016. The act allows companies importing products that are not being made in the United States to submit a petition to receive reduced or suspended tariffs on those products when they are imported into the United States...

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China Tariff Update for SPESA Members

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October 15, 2019

According to President Donald Trump, the United States and China have reached a tentative and partial trade deal and paused the tariff increase that was set to take effect today on imports on the Section 301 Tariff List 3. Instead of increasing to 30%, tariffs on List 3 imports will remain at the 25% rate implemented in May of this year...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Morgan Tecnica

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October 7, 2019

In 2008, the Giachetti family of Italy launched a bold new endeavor with Morgan Tecnica. At the height of world economic chaos, they saw a need to improve the cutting room floor and had the passion and drive to make it a reality. Fast forward ten years and Morgan Tecnica is now a powerhouse when it comes to groundbreaking, innovative cutting technologies in the textile industry...

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An Invitation from SPESA Chairman Nina McCormack

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October 1, 2019

SPESA Members - Whether you’re in pursuit of professional development, looking to meet a new customer, or simply seeking a fun getaway, I strongly encourage you to join me in New Orleans for the upcoming 2019 SPESA Executive Conference...

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New SPESA Member: Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Sewing Machines

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September 26, 2019

SPESA is proud to introduce another new member! Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Sewing Machines (ISM) is an industry leader in manufacturing and supplying industrial sewing equipment. This includes a wide range of programmable sewing machines, flatbed lockstitch machines, industrial sewing machine motor kits, clamping solutions for its programmable machines, and genuine sewing machine parts...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Alvanon

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September 9, 2019

Alvanon's story is one of endurance and evolution. Its founder was a garment manufacturer who failed at selling apparel online. So, he began looking at other ways he could “fit” in to the industry. He created mannequins based on real human anatomy and an understanding of pattern making and garment production...

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New SPESA Member: Atlanta Attachment Company

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August 20, 2019

Atlanta Attachment Company is based out of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and employs more than 130 highly specialized and dedicated professionals in its headquarters alone. AAC produces automated systems, custom engineering, facility layout systems, and plant management software, as well as manual and automated sewing equipment and workstations, attachments, labor saving devices, and expendable replacement parts...

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New SPESA Member: Automatex

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August 20, 2019

SPESA is thrilled to welcome Automatex as our newest member! Automatex is a Canadian company founded in 1992. Its 45,000 square foot plant is based in Terrebonne, Quebec, with more than 55 specialized employees...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Autometrix

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August 12, 2019

August’s Monday Member Spotlight goes out to Autometrix, Inc – a family-owned company specializing in pattern development software for the industrial fabrics industry and low-ply precision cutting machines. With bases in California and Ohio, Autometrix has produced innovative technology for textiles manufacturing since 1979...

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New SPESA Member: Magnal Solutions

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July 8, 2019

We are excited to welcome Magnal Solutions as the newest member of the SPESA family. This Canadian based Shop Floor Control Software Specialist and Industrial Engineering Consulting Service Provider is unique in being entirely focused on Shop Floor Control (SFC) and piecework payroll for the garment industry...

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Monday Member Spotlight: YKK USA

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July 1, 2019

Our 1st SPESA member spotlight of the summer goes out to YKK USA - manufacturer of a wide range of zippers & fasteners produced right here in the good ol' U.S. of A. YKK's products are used in apparel, footwear, personal protective, tactical equipment, and medical industries. In addition to being a leader in product performance and longevity, YKK focuses on the Cycle of Goodness...

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Register Now for the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference

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June 4, 2019

We're excited to announce that registration for the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference is officially open! Taking place October 29 and 30 in New Orleans, the event is open to SPESA members, their customers, and anyone interested in learning more about the future of the sewn products industry…

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Monday Member Spotlight: American & Efird

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June 3, 2019

For June, we are featuring a different kind of sewn products supplier: American & Efird. One of the world’s foremost manufacturers of sewing thread, embroidery thread, and technical textiles, A&E’s global presence extends from Asia to Europe to the Americas...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Henderson Sewing Machine Co.

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April 1, 2019

SPESA members: Oh how we love thee. As a token of our appreciation and a celebration of your great work, we’re launching today a monthly member spotlight. The first one goes to Henderson Sewing Machine Co., which celebrated 50 years in the industry in 2018...

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SPESA President Addresses Membership in Inaugural State of the Union

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February 5, 2019

At the beginning of last year, I opened an email from the SPESA Board that would change my career and my life. Having dedicated years to the textile and apparel industries — from studying work-force development to translating academia to real-world application — the offer to serve as your SPESA President was one I was honored to accept and one that I knew came with much responsibility…

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SPESA President Michael McDonald Talks Industry with NCSU Students

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February 4, 2019

A group of undergraduate students from the North Carolina State University Wilson College of Textiles stopped by the SPESA office last week to speak with SPESA President Michael McDonald about trade associations and trade shows…

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