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Are We Witnessing the Rebirth of American Textile Manufacturing?


Photo: The New York Times Photo: The New York Times

Maybe. At least according to this article by the New York Times:

The American textile and apparel industries, like manufacturing as a whole, are experiencing a nascent turnaround as apparel and textile companies demand higher quality, more reliable scheduling and fewer safety problems than they encounter overseas. Accidents like the factory collapse in Bangladesh earlier this year, which killed more than 1,000 workers, have reinforced the push for domestic production.

The Times goes on to point out further good news: wages for cut-and-sow jobs are soaring, rising 13.2% between 2007 and 2012. In comparison, wage growth for the entire private sector clocked in at a mere 1.4% over the same period. Many apparel manufacturers are reporting that their biggest problem is finding qualified workers, because two decades of outsourcing has hollowed out a once thriving core of well-trained, highly-skilled sewers.

Rising wages in countries…

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