Ways in which fashion and textile companies can more effectively grow in the expanding domestic manufacturing environment will be the main focus of a conference taking place later this month.

The event, organised by SEAMS, the National Association for the US Sewn Products Industry, is set to take place from 23-25 April at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina.

With the theme of 'Growing US manufacturing: Overcoming the challenges', the conference will bring together manufacturers, brands, retailers and suppliers through a series of presentations, group discussions and networking sessions.

These include a keynote presentation from Aaron Ledet, vice president of US manufacturing at VF Corp, on why domestic manufacturing is a competitive advantage for the apparel giant. David Hinks, PhD, interim dean at NC State College of Textiles, will provide a talk on 'Advancing the US Textile Enterprise - Public-private partnerships, trends, & opportunities"; while Phil McIntyre, senior director of business development and marketing for Milliken performance solutions, will speak about keys to a sustainable safety process.

Other speakers include David Sasso, vice president of sales and marketing at Buhler Quality Yarns; Dean Wegner, president and CEO of Omega Apparel; and Will Duncan, executive vice president at clothing and technology group [TC]².

"After years of discussion about re-shoring, near-shoring and still-shoring, many companies have now moved beyond the talking to the doing," explained SEAMS executive director Sarah Friedman.

"We want to help our industry identify and seize the opportunities that are available to them through US-based manufacturing. Industry and academic leaders will facilitate this by also sharing their views and experiences on how to address the obstacles that may be limiting growth for some."