U.S. apparel contractors have become very resourceful in their diversification beyond the cut-make-trim business. It's been a necessary evolution in their uphill battle to stay in the game in the face of abandonment by many of their traditional customers. There's no way to sugarcoat the facts. The U.S. apparel contracting industry was forced to swallow a bitter pill when NAFTA went into effect on Jan. 1, 1994.