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Does buying American-made clothing matter: What’s the truth?

This blog ” Does Buying American-made clothing matter” is second in a series. Bullet Blues takes a closer look at the American textile industry and examines its health, future and how American consumers can support American workers and manufacturers.

Does buying American-made clothing matter? Does it make a positive difference to our economy? According to recent statistics, the answer is, “Yes!”

The more than 550,000 Americans employed in the textile sector of the United States, from apparel to manufacturing, encourage you to buy American textiles.

This statistic comes from William V. McCrary, Jr., chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO). McCrary offered the statistic during his March 22 trade-association “2018 State of the U.S. Textile Industry,” held in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, McCrary told the audience how 2017 exports of American-made textiles and apparel equaled $28.6 billion. McCrary, with a long history in the industry, knows of what he speaks. He is also the CEO and Chairman of William Barnet & Sons, LLC, based in Spartanburg, S.C. The company manufactures synthetic yarns and fibers.

Does buying American-made clothing matter?

Does buying American-made clothing matter

Support the 550,000 American textile workers and their families when you buy American-made clothing. Bullet Blues Proudly Offers American-made denim and apparel Made in the USA.

In a recent blog post titled, “American made: Why should I buy American-made jeans?,” we looked at the 2017 closing of North Carolina’s Cone Mills White Oak selvedge denim plant. Cone Mills manufactured some of the world’s finest denim and closed after 112 years of operation. Additionally, the Cone Mills’ 200 American workers were left without a job. And, that’s the bad news.

The good news: How YOU can help

Does buying American-made clothing matter? For starters, North Carolina employs approximately 42,000 textile workers. Secondly, between 2014 and 2016, according to statistics from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, jobs for textile workers increased in North Carolina.

International Textiles Groups (ITG), the owner of Burlington and Cone Mills, remains a heavy presence in North Carolina. ITG provides fabric for the United States’ military and apparel companies like Brooks Brothers. Likewise, these companies, like Bullet Blues, continue to remain dedicated to providing American-made apparel.

According to McCrary’s March speech, the American textile industry is enjoying a resurgence (see boxed statistics).

does buying american made clothing matter

Continued growth, however, in large part, depends on the support from American consumers.

With a focus on the American textile industry, there is no question that buying American helps the American economy. In Brian Rashid’s April, 2017 Forbes.com article, “Will Trump’s ‘Buy American’ Executive Order Save American Jobs?”  the author cites basic economics as support for the “Buy American” movement.

Similarly, Rashid also cites an 2014 U.S. Department of Labor Statistics’ article titled, “How does consumer spending change during boom, recession, and recovery?” 

So, to recap, does buying American-made clothing matter? The answer, then, is, “Yes,” and it has a powerful influence on our economy.

Categories:   American made jeans, Clothing made in USA, General