WASHINGTON — A delegation of National Textile Association members made their first foray to Washington last week to meet with Capitol Hill lawmakers and Bush administration officials and register their concerns about U.S. trade policy, which they contend is at odds with U.S. manufacturing interests.

The industry group was formed last year by a merger of the Northern Textile Association, with a strong wool fabric presence, and the Knitted Textile Association. The marriage of the two groups was designed to share resources in building business, but also to heighten members’ influence in Washington at a time when the domestic textile industry continues to struggle.

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