The US Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, USA, 12 January 2019. The current partial shutdown of the US federal government, now the longest in US history, has many federal employees including Secret Service agents and officers working unpaid.The current partial shutdown of the US federal government becomes the longest in US history, Washington, USA - 12 Jan 2019

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) named Kimberly Glas as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, effective April 29. Glas will succeed Augustine “Auggie” D. Tantillo, who recently announced his intention to step down from the same position.

Based in Washington, D.C., NCTO is a trade association that represents the U.S. textile industry. And the domestic textile industry’s power is evident in its numbers: U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 550,500 in 2017. Shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $77.9 billion, while U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel reached $28.6 billion in the same year. Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totaled $2.4 billion in 2016, the last year for which data is available, all according to NCTO.

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Current NCTO chairman Marty Moran, ceo of Jefferson, Ga.-based Buhler Quality Yarns, said that “the selection follows a rigorous search process that led to her unanimous approval by NCTO Board of Directors.” Ms. Glas’s over 20 years of experience in government policy development and advocacy includes leading manufacturing and trade policy efforts on Capitol Hill; serving as a key leader on behalf of the textile industry in the Obama Administration, and her most recent role, serving as executive director of BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor and environmental organizations working to advance the creation of “quality” U.S. jobs in the clean energy economy, the organization said.

Moran continued, “We are fortunate, at this time of change and challenge to have Kim take the helm of this organization. The U. S. textile industry is experiencing an exciting and dynamic period. A new policy environment has evolved in Washington that places a greater emphasis on domestic manufacturing and Kim is an excellent choice to steer the industry through these new opportunities. NCTO has worked very closely with Kim over the years on Capitol Hill and in the Obama Administration. Kim brings a strong combination of leadership skills, policy and advocacy know-how, and industry knowledge and has extensive experience working on manufacturing, trade, competitiveness, and sustainability issues. We are thrilled she is taking on this important role at this time.”

And Glas expressed her gratitude and excitement for the opportunity: “I am grateful to Auggie for his leadership and all his support and friendship over the years and am deeply appreciative to the NCTO membership for this incredible opportunity. I could not be more excited about taking on this role. I know how critical this industry is to so many across the United States and the value it represents. I am thrilled to be able to work on its behalf to advance its priorities.”

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