The hot topic of “reshoring” or returning the manufacturing of fashion and textile products to the US will be addressed at a conference later this month.

SPESA – the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas – said executives from Walmart, Brooks Brothers and other businesses would discuss the issue at its annual event, as well as briefing on the economic recovery and global trade matters, including negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The conference, entitled “Reshoring and Economic Recovery”, is scheduled for the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington DC on 17-18 October.

Keynote speaker is Michelle Gloeckler, senior vice president of Walmart Home, who will discuss the company’s commitment to buy an additional US$50bn in US-made products over the next 10 years.

Meanwhile, John Martynec, vice president domestic manufacturing for Brooks Brothers Group, will talk about the brand’s relationship with the “Made in the USA” concept.

Other topics and speakers slated for the event include:

  • The promise of re-shoring for suppliers - Mike Fralix, president and CEO, [TC]2
  • Re-shoring/near-shoring activity in the Americas - Mary O'Rourke, president, O'Rourke Group
  • US brands and retailers rethink sourcing strategies - Kevin Burke, president and CEO, AAFA
  • Public policies to bring jobs home - Scott Paul, president, Alliance for American Manufacturing
  • What suppliers need to know about US trade policies - Augustine Tantillo, president, NCTO
  • The transition from recession to recovery - Michael Wolf, economist, Wells Fargo Securities 

“In response to a host of economic, political and other factors, fashion and sewn products companies are reawakening to the many benefits of manufacturing in the USA and the Western Hemisphere,” said Al Irvine, senior vice president of American & Efird and SPESA chairman.

“This conference will enable retailers, manufacturers and suppliers to learn from and network with peers, industry leaders, and government officials to gain the information and insight they need to seize these new opportunities.”