On September 17th, SEAMS with strategic partner, the Reshoring Initiative, had the honor of announcing the winners for 2021 in the Brands & Vertical Retailers and Cut & Sew Manufacturers categories.The winners represent the progressive companies focused on the Made in America movement supporting our economy and bringing production of goods back to our country.
“SEAMS is thrilled to partner on this award and be able to celebrate our winners at our annual Fall Conference with their peers and colleagues in attendance after a very difficult year in 2020” states Will Duncan, Executive Director, SEAMS. Duncan continues, “our membership not only continues to grow but grows stronger. These winners represent all of our members focused on the Made in America Movement with SEAMS.”Venus Group was presented with the Cut & Sew Manufacturers Award. Venus Group is a leading manufacturer and supplier of table linens, including napkins and tabletops. Prior to 2015, Venus Group manufactured approximately 864,000/month in Mexico and the Dominican Republic and today manufactures 1,000,000/month in Fort Lawn, S.C. replacing all offshore work and creating 42 jobs in the U.S. Soft-Tex International was presented with the esteemed Brand Award for their fiber and hybrid pillows, memory foam pillows, and mattress topper products. Soft-Tex went through a large reshoring initiative in 2020 and 2021 moving from China to the U.S. This represented a Gross Merchandise Value of $100 million annually back to the U.S. while creating approximately 100 jobs in their U.S. based facilities with plans to expand to 150 jobs. Soft-Tex doubled capacity in their Waterford, NY facility and plans to double capacity in their Sugar Land, TX facility as they complete this strategic initiative. Each Award winner was presented with a certificate and received accolades from SEAMS and the Reshoring Initiative in front of hundreds of SEAMS members in attendance. “I am excited to deliver to these progressive companies the Sewn Products Reshoring Awards at the SEAMS Fall Conference. These companies are setting a great example for our industry on what’s possible to make in America again”, stated Harry Moser, President, the Reshoring Initiative. The dynamic agenda for the conference focused on the Made in America movement, Sustainability & Circularity, Global Sourcing and Reshoring benefits for business in the U.S. Companies in the sewn products industry are encouraged to compete for the 2022 Award. The Reshoring Initiative, founded in 2010, helps manufacturers realize that local production, in some cases, reduces their total cost of ownership of purchased products and tooling. The Initiative also trains suppliers how to sell against lower priced offshore competitors. www.reshorenow.org SEAMS, the Association and Voice of the U.S. Sewn Products Industry for over 50 years consists of more than 200 of America’s foremost fashion brands, retailers, manufacturers and textile providers. Supercharging the American Supply Chain, SEAMS is the most relevant force and go-to resource shaping the growth and resurgence of MADE IN AMERICA. www.seams.org
###Contact for Reshoring Award: Harry Moser, The Reshoring Initiative firstname.lastname@example.org