NCTO testifies at House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee


National Council of Textile Organisations (NCTO) president and chief executive officer Kim Glas recently testified at the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing on ‘Manufacturing and Critical Supply Chains: Lessons From COVID-19’. She outlined policy recommendations and steps the government should take to address the long-term and short-term needs of frontline health care workers, patients and the general public.

“While domestic textile manufacturers have undertaken heroic efforts to confront the ongoing crisis, the onshoring of a permanent PPE industry will only materialize if proper government policies and other actions are put in place to help domestic manufacturers survive the current economic crisis and to incentivise the long-term investment needed to fully bring PPE [personal protective equipment] production back to the United States,” Glas said in testimony submitted to the subcommittee.

“The time is ripe for a revival of American PPE textile manufacturing. It has already begun, but we are at a pivotal point. Without the necessary policy response and support, our recent progress will be undone just as quickly, and the China stranglehold over global medical textile supply will be locked in for the foreseeable future with no reason to invest here,” Glas said.

“The U.S. textile and apparel industry is ready, willing, and able to supply our country’s PPE needs now and for what lies ahead,” she added.