By and and and  on January 10, 2011

WASHINGTON — In a development dripping with irony, U.S. apparel manufacturing is showing signs of a revival at the same time that its greatest champion of the last half-century — textile titan Roger Milliken — didn’t live to see it.

A new survey report from the Institute for Supply Management cited apparel manufacturing as the fastest-growing manufacturing sector in December, while the U.S. Labor Department said Friday that apparel manufacturers added 1,300 jobs last month. Mills making apparel fabric added 1,000 jobs in December to employ 124,800, the Labor Department said.

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