U.S. apparel contractors say there always will be a need for their services, especially when it comes to handling quick turns and troubled orders. But they expect the consolidating industry to shrink further, and they can't foretell what the contracting market will look like in the future. In the meantime, proactive owners have been casting about for new ways to remain viable. And some are seeing their efforts pay off, despite the falloff in business from traditional makers. Some had a good 1999 as a result, while others said the year was better than they expected.