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NCTO eager to partner with Trump administration

The National Council of Textile Organizations congratulates President Donald Trump on his inauguration as the 45th President of the US.

20th January 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Washington, DC

Sports/​Outdoor, Protective, Medical/Hygiene, Transport/​Aerospace, Clothing/​Footwear, Industrial

“NCTO congratulates President Trump on his inauguration. The US textile industry is eager to partner with him to stimulate American jobs, production, and exports,” said NCTO President & CEO Auggie Tantillo. NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers.

Sector’s comeback

“From fibres to finished fabrics, American companies make the highest quality and most innovative textiles in the world. Given a level playing field, US textile industry is primed for expansion,” added Tantillo.

He noted the sector’s comeback from the 2008 financial crisis despite intense competition from Asian suppliers that often benefit from state subsidies and cents-on-the-hour wage rates.  Since the end of the recession in mid-2009, US textile production has grown by 21%.

Fibre and textile manufacturing innovation centre

“NCTO also would like to thank President Obama for his service to our great nation. US textile manufacturers are grateful for his administration’s work to improve the industry’s competitiveness,” said Tantillo.

Pointing out that President Obama created and funded a fibre and textile manufacturing innovation centre, the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) and that his administration opened a direct and very sincere line of communication with NCTO on sensitive policy matters, Tantillo remarked: “The US textile sector had a legitimate and impactful seat at the policy table in recent years, a privilege greatly appreciated.”


The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) is a unique association representing the entire spectrum of the textile industry. NCTO aims to act as a voice of the US textile industry from fibres to finished products, machinery manufacturers to power suppliers.

There are four separate councils that comprise the NCTO leadership structure, and each council represents a segment of the textile industry and elects its own officers who make up NCTO’s Board of Directors.

The Fiber Council represents domestic textile denier fibre producers. The Yarn Council represents domestic yarn manufacturers. The Fabric & Home Furnishings Council represents domestic manufacturers of fabric, including woven, knitted, non-woven, tufted, braided or other, and home furnishings. Finally, the Industry Support Council includes textile distributors; converters, dyers, printers and finishers of textiles; and suppliers of products and services to such fibre and textile entities.


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