July 11, 2003
A united textile and fiber industry sent a letter to President Bush July 7 urging the U.S. government to reaffirm its commitments to a healthy U.S. textile sector by taking strong specific actions regarding the enormous threat from China.
A new report by the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) reveals that, unless our government acts now, China is poised to seize 65 to 75 percent of the U.S. textile and apparel market once remaining quotas are removed on Jan. 1, 2005. ATMI predicts that new plant closures and worker layoffs will be certain in the industry as orders are diverted to China.
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) joined 13 other textile organizations in this appeal to assure a future for one of the largest U.S. manufacturing sectors and its nearly one million U.S. textile and apparel jobs.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33