Exec. Vice President, Lee Fashion Fabrics
Executive Vice President
Pres. Apparel/Home Furnishings
Bus. Unit Guilford Mills
V.P., Lida Stretch Fabrics
Pres. Hank Fink, Inc.
Pres., Flynt Fabrics, Inc.
Knit Div., V.P., Purchasing & Dev.
Pres., Claridge Knits
Partner, Fabrictex, Inc.
Pres., Arthur Knits
Past Presidents, Ex Officio
Chmn., Novelty Textile Mills
Div. Mngr., Maiden Mills Industries
Pres., Andrex Industries
Marketing Mngr., Fab Industries
V.P., Andrex Industries
C.O.O., & V.P., Maiden Mills Industries
Pres., Bojud Knitting
V.P. Mktg., Dyersburg Fabrics
Merch. Mngr., Claridge Knits
Dir. of Knit Styling, Symphony Fabrics
C.O.O., JBJ Fabrics
V.P., Ready to Wear, Guilford Mills
Dir., Industrial Prod., Gehring Textiles
V.P., Mktg. Collins & Aikman Corp.
Prod. Mngr. of Circular & Woven Goods
Pres., Concord Fabrics
Pres., Native Textiles
Senior Acct. Exec., Cleveland Mills
Bus. Mngr. Circular Knits, Milliken & Co.
Pres., Ge-Ray Fabrics
Pres.,Team Uniform Fabric Co.
V.P., Fab Industries
Dir. of Development
Milliken Knit Apparel
Sales Mngr., Baras Jersey
Pres., Richland Mills
Pres., Markbilt, Inc.
|August 8, 1997
Office of the
Federal Trade Commission
Sixth and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20580
RE: "Made in USA Policy Comment"
Dear Mr. Secretary:
The Knitted Textile Association represents the
nations producers and distributors of knitted
fabrics. Such fabrics are used primarily for the
production of apparel.
This organization urges that the Federal Trade
Commission reject the proposal for allowing
textile products to be labeled "Made in the
USA even if such a statement is false with
respect to twenty-five percent thereof
Such a change is not warranted, as your notice
suggests out of "recognition that our
policies must keep up with changes in the global
economy and ensure that consumers are not
deceived - as if the meaning of the phase
is altered by import and export statistics.
On the contrary, it would sanction a
The proposed change would permit a distortion
of the plain meaning of the words "Made in
USA with the effect of better promoting the
sale of imports. It cannot be justified on the
grounds of "flexibility". Any
equivocation that produces misleading results
might also be described as flexible.
There is a valid consumer interest in knowing
where goods so offered for sale here have been
produced; especially with the increase in apparel
made in countries employing child labor or under
other labor conditions abhorrent to American
standards and sensibility. These concerns are
particularly important to the large sector of the
American work force engaged in the nations
The Federal Trade Commission should not now
depart from the integrity it has represented
throughout the decades of its existence.
We, therefore, ask that the proposal for
diluting the accuracy of the term "Made in
USA be rejected.
Yours very truly,