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SEAMS Conference to Focus on Growing U.S. Sewn Products Manufacturing

The SEAMS Spring 2015 Conference will focus on how fashion, textile and other soft goods companies can more effectively grow in the expanding domestic manufacturing environment. The agenda features industry leader presentations, group discussions, and numerous networking opportunities.

SEAMS Conference to Focus on Growing U.S. Sewn Products Manufacturing
Aiken, SC, April 10, 2015 --( SEAMS, the National Association for the U.S. Sewn Products Industry, will focus its Spring 2015 Conference on helping fashion, textile and other soft goods companies grow their businesses in the expanding domestic manufacturing environment. Scheduled for April 23-25 at the OMNI Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina, the “Growing U.S. Manufacturing: Overcoming the Challenges” event will inform and engage manufacturers, brands, retailers and suppliers through a series of presentations, group discussions and networking sessions. Professionals from every part of the sewn products supply chain are encouraged to register at

“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 U.S.-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. We believe that all sewn products supply chain participants can benefit from these powerful presentations and networking opportunities.”

The SEAMS Spring Conference comprises two concise Friday PM and Sat AM conference sessions, complimented with social and business networking opportunities in a beautiful resort setting. Highlights of the conference agenda include:

• “Domestic Manufacturing - A Competitive Advantage for VF” (Keynote Presentation) - Aaron Ledet, Vice President of U.S. Manufacturing, VF Corporation
• “Advancing the U.S. Textile Enterprise - Public-Private Partnerships, Trends, & Opportunities” - David Hinks, Ph.D., Interim Dean, NC State College of Textiles
• “The 9 Immutable Keys to a Sustainable Safety Process”
Phil McIntyre, Sr Dir of Business Development and Marketing, Performance Solutions by Milliken
• Supply Chain Leader Fireside Chat
- Aaron Ledet, Vice President of US Manufacturing, VF Corporation
- Dan Teel, Plant Manager, Fox River Mills
- David Sasso, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Buhler Quality Yarns, USA
- Dean Wegner, President and CEO/Owner, Omega Apparel Inc.
- John Stern, President, Methods Workshop
- Will Duncan, Executive Vice President, [TC]²

SEAMS Conference attendees will also meet industry-focused benefits providers, get an update on the Texprocess Americas 2016 trade show, and enjoy a number of networking opportunities; including company introductions, a products/services display area, special networking receptions and group meals. Social events will include a putting contest, golf outing and early arrival reception on Thursday Apr. 23.

Companies and individuals involved in the sewn products industries may register to attend by phoning SEAMS at +1-803-642-1111 or by downloading the registration form at


SEAMS, the National Association for the Sewn Products and Textile Industries, promotes the continued growth of the USA fashion, sewn products and textiles industries through educational programs, networking opportunities, business opportunity matchmaking, industry collaboration and special member benefits packages. SEAMS members comprise textiles providers, contract manufacturers, brands, vertical retailers and their suppliers and service providers to collectively represent the complete concept-to-consumer supply chain. Soft goods industry executives, managers, professionals and entrepreneurs leverage their SEAMS membership to gain new business, stay informed of industry issues and trends, find solutions to productivity and operational challenges, manage costs and increase productivity. For more information, visit the website at
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Sarah Friedman
(803) 642-1111

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