The two trade associations the National Council of Textile Organizations and the American Fiber Manufacturers Association to merge as of April 1. They are hoping that together they will be stronger in influencing federal policy as it relates to textiles and fibers.
The merged entities will operate as the National Council of Textile Organizations, based in Washington, D.C., and NCTO President and Chief Executive Auggie Tantillo will continue in that role.
William V. McCrary Jr., chairman of the NCTO board and chief executive of William Barnet & Son, a global manufacturer of fiber, polymers and yarn in Spartansburg, S.C., said that the merger will bring new members and financial resources to NCTO and extend the organizationâ€™s political reach.
NCTOâ€™s leadership structure is made up of four councilsâ€”fiber, yarn, fabric and home furnishings, and industry support. Each represents a major sector of the U.S. supply chain and elects its own officers, who make up NCTOâ€™s board of directors.
It also cements NCTOâ€™s status as the voice of every facet of the U.S.textile production chain, a fact that will help NCTO to more effectively influence federal policies that affect U.S. textile investment, production and workers.
AFMA Chairman Mark Ruday, who is also the senior vice president of DAK Americas in Charlotte, N.C., said that the merger will allow U.S. fiber producers to keep the sectorâ€™s seat at the federal policy table.
As a multi-billion industry with tens of thousands of employees, it is critical that the U.S. man-made fiber sector stay engaged in Washington.
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