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Industry Coalition Releases Statement on PPE Policy

By National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO)

This press release was originally published on July 20, 2020. We are sharing because it is relevant on two important industry topics: PPE production and reshoring.

WASHINGTON—An industry coalition representing the full spectrum of domestic personal protective equipment (PPE) production released a statement today outlining policy principles and objectives needed for reshoring and safeguarding domestic PPE manufacturing.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which exposed severe shortages in our nation’s PPE supply and an overreliance on foreign sourced products, underscores how important it is for the U.S. government to incentivize, support and maintain domestic manufacturing capacity for PPE.

Our association members, encompassing every segment of the U.S. textile, apparel and PPE supply chain, as well as unions representing workers, acted swiftly to convert manufacturing facilities and build supply chains virtually overnight to produce desperately needed PPE.

“We are united in our support of important principles that must be adopted in order to address our current public health needs and guarantee our nation is better prepared to respond to future emergencies,” the 21 associations said in the joint statement.

The associations are calling on Congress and the Trump administration to adopt principles outlined in the statement through legislation, executive order and other appropriate means.

See the full joint statement and principles here.

The statement was signed by the following organizations:


  • Alliance for American Manufacturing

  • American Iron and Steel Institute

  • American Sheep Institute

  • Coalition for a Prosperous America

  • Georgia Association of Manufacturers

  • Hand Tools Institute

  • INDA: Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

  • Narrow Fabrics Institute

  • National Cotton Council

  • National Council of Textile Organizations

  • Parachute Industry Association

  • Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network

  • SEAMS: Association of the U.S. Sewn Products Industry

  • SEIU

  • South Carolina Textile Council

  • U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute

  • United States Footwear Manufacturers Association

  • United Steelworkers

  • Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition

  • Workers United/SEIU


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