Made in North CarolinaThe Future of U.S. Apparel Manufacturing
The Facts98% of clothing purchased in the U.S. is imported from abroad Just 2% of clothing bought in this country is manufactured on U.S. soil. And Datang, China, makes one-third of the worlds socks.
Is Anything Made in America Anymore? “All over the country in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, ordinary people were worried about unemployment, increased economic inequality, and the future of the United States in a rapidly globalizing economy.”
A Brief History on Apparel Manufacturing… In 1815, the ﬁrst cotton textile mill was founded in Lincoln County, NC. In 1840, there were 25 cotton millsBy the turn of the century there were nearly 100.
In 1923, North Carolina overtook Massachusetts as the leading textile producing state There were 293 mills in 1914 And by 1930, NC produced $190.9 million worth of textile products.
In 1970, Burlington Industries in NC became the worlds largest textile-manufacturing operation. In 1992 North Carolina represented 16% of textile production.
what happened to U.S.apparel manufacturing? Technological advances Imports of apparel and textiles Increasing global competition Introduction of cheap, overseas labor High unemployment Lower Education, No cross training NO INNOVATION.
From 1997 to 2002 North Carolina lost100,000 jobs in the textile industry and 70,000 more in the apparel industry.
Apparel and textile employment has dropped 70% since1996, and more thanhalf of manufacturing plants have closed.
Economists say that the age American clothing manufacturing is dead. "I dont think this is where we should compete with China,frankly. What were good at is the production of advanced goods.” - Bruce Katz, Brookings Institute
We disagree. We’re rebuilding. 44 percent of US apparel jobs are in three States—California, North Carolina, and Georgia. Historically, North Carolina has led the other 50 states in textile production. And NC is still recognized as the headquarters for several major global textile marketing and manufacturing companies.
INNOVATION COMMUNITY BUILDING “While now were largely a service-providing nation, were still just a generation away from being a nation of producers. The question is: What economic framework will help us reclaim those skills and that potential.”ETHICAL JOB CREATIONMANUFACTURING
Meet School HouseWe proudly design and deliver ethically created and fashionably desirable“Made in America” collegiate clothing
We’re the fresh face ofEast coast apparel manufacturingAnd along with our partners, we’re building a greener, homegrown supply chain.
From our cotton, yarn and fabricsCotton Grown in Northampton, Halifax, Edgecombe, Martin, Bertie, Lenoir, Sampson, Pitt, Wilson and Wayne countiesYarn provider UNIFI, Inc - Greensboro, NC 1,974 jobsFabric Contempora Fabric - Lumberton, NC 150 employees
even zippers and screen printingZippers IDEAL Fastener, Oxford, NC 225 employeesScreen Printers Tees R Us, Rocky Mount, NC Innovative Ink, Morganton, NC 12 employees
We’re a small business creating business with suppliers and manufacturers in North Carolina. We support over 2,784 American apparel jobs in NC across 10 companies
Whats more, we’re provingethical manufacturing can happen here, too.
From a storied knit manufacturer that’s crafted sweaters for the armed forces MITTS NITTS Knit Goods Durham, NC 40 employees
To a worker-owned sewing cooperative with Guatemalan roots in the mountains of the Appalachians OPPORTUNITY THREADS Cut & Sew Morganton, NC 6 employees
WE AREMoving beyond mass manufacturing.- Providing employees a fair wage for their work- Committing to new labor constructs- Focusing on craftsmanship and quality- Cross training workers and honoring their craft
And creating products people care about and feel connected to.