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Sneak Peek at the New Behind the Seams

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June 29, 2020

This week, SPESA will be launching a new version of the Behind the Seams newsletter. Take a sneak peek at the first issue and a learn more about the content you can expect from SPESA going forward...

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2020 SPESA Executive Conference

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June 25, 2020

Based on member feedback, discussions with SPESA’s Board of Directors, and in consideration for our members’ health and business priorities, we have decided to postpone the 2020 SPESA Executive Conference.

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COVID-19 Resources for SPESA Members

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June 3, 2020

The past few months have presented innumerable challenges for several industries, including ours. We’ve compiled a handful of resources that we hope will help you and your company navigate these new waters...

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SPESA Members Respond to COVID-19

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June 1, 2020

Every day we open the news and see some new story about businesses upending their operations to help protect their communities and fight the spread of COVID-19. We are incredibly proud of the SPESA members who have stepped up. And we want everyone to know it...

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Monday Member Spotlight: PAAT

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May 18, 2020

This month, we are featuring SPESA member PAAT, a global technology startup that addresses the technological inefficiencies that affect the fashion & apparel industry...

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OnPoint Manufacturing Utilizes Technology in PPE Transition

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May 18, 2020

As companies across the globe look to transition to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) production, Alabama-based OnPoint Manufacturing seems to have figured it out with remarkable speed. We recently spoke with Kirby Best, who heads up both OnPoint and SPESA member PAAT, to learn more about the company’s ongoing efforts...

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In Another World

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May 12, 2020

In another world, we would be in Atlanta right now, welcoming exhibitors and visitors to Texprocess Americas 2020. But instead we are at home, in sweatpants, balancing work, kids, roommates, and a panic-inducing news cycle...

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Tariff Deferral Update for SPESA Members

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April 27, 2020

You likely heard about the tariff deferral announced by President Trump on April 19th for products imported into the United States. Unfortunately, the decision will have little impact on SPESA members as it does not affect any of the products coming from China subject to the 301 tariffs...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Consew

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April 13, 2020

In February, the SPESA team traveled to Florida to meet with our Board of Directors, host a SPESA After Hours, and visit with current and prospective members. One of the highlights of the trip was an opportunity to tour the Consew facility in Doral and learn more about the company’s operations and amazing team...

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A Message from SPESA on COVID-19

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March 30, 2020

As with the rest of the world, we are facing an unprecedented challenge. The spread of COVID-19 has impacted our industry, our business, and our day-to-day lives. We are quickly learning a hard lesson about adaptability and prioritization and it hasn’t been easy. But at the end of the day, we know our priority is you. And the decisions being made are about protecting your health and wellbeing...

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SPESA Speaks About Texprocess Americas

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February 6, 2020

We asked a few past exhibitors why they plan to attend Texprocess Americas and why you should too. Here's what they had to say...

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SPESA Members Showcase at Colombiatex 2020

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February 5, 2020

SPESA attended the annual Colombiatex de las Américas January 21-23 in Medellin, Colombia. As is its tradition, SPESA utilized its 2020 Colombiatex booth to highlight its members...

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SPESA's 2020 State of the Union Address

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February 4, 2020

You may or may not know this, but SPESA will reach a significant milestone in 2020. It will officially turn 30-years-old. Meanwhile, our team is embarking on year two of managing this prodigious association...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Frontier Distributors

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February 3, 2020

SPESA members represent the very foundation of our industry, right down to the furniture you need to support your equipment and your workers. That's why this month we are recognizing Frontier Distributors—makers of quality sewing machine tables since 1984...

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Maybe You're Not as Unique as You Think

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January 15, 2020

Registration went live today for the 2020 Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference. While most of our events provide vital industry information for our members, this one is a little different. This one is all about getting information from SPESA members...

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Monday Member Spotlight: FKgroup

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January 13, 2020

Our first member spotlight for 2020 is FKgroup - a company focused on analysis, planning, and automation for the cutting room for more than 55 years. From its headquarters in Dalmine, Bergamo – the heart of "Made in Italy" textile production – to Asia and South America, FKgroup has upheld its high standards with the most eminent international brands in textile production in all its segments...

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Look Who's Heading South for the Winter

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January 10, 2020

Happy New Year! Or perhaps we should say: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! For a while now, SPESA has started off the beginning of every new year with a trip to Medellin for Colombiatex de las Américas. This year, we will be sharing our booth with a few SPESA members showcasing their exceptional products and services to the Latin American market...

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Happy Holidays from SPESA!

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December 20, 2019

Well, we made it a year. Our team officially took over management of SPESA in January of this year and it has been one of the greatest years yet for all of us...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Magnal Solutions

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December 16, 2019

Our December spotlight goes to one of our newer members: Magnal Solutions. The Canadian-based software specialist and industrial engineering consulting service provider focuses on Shop Floor Control and piecework payroll for the garment industry...

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The Story Behind the Chairs

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December 10, 2019

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking a lot about the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference, but there is one story we haven’t yet told...

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What You Missed in New Orleans - Conference Recap

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November 20, 2019

It is hard to believe it has been three weeks since the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference in New Orleans. As we catch up on sleep and catch our breath before diving in to the next big project, we wanted to share a few insights from the conference for anyone who was not able to attend...

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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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Get to Know SPESA's Summer Intern

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August 13, 2019

We have really enjoyed getting to know our summer intern, Mitchell Hurd, as he helps us out with social media, industry research, marketing, and setting up the new SPESA office, and we think you should know him too...

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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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Why We Go to Trade Shows

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June 21, 2019

SPESA is traveling to Barcelona this week for ITMA 2019. It's one of many shows SPESA attends and we want to talk a little bit about why...

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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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