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The National Council of Textile Organizations and the American Fiber Manufacturers today announced a merging of their organizations, effective April 1. The merged organization will be called the National Council of Textile Organizations. NCTO president and ceo Auggie Tantillo will remain in his role.

Based in Washington, D.C., NCTO is a trade association that represents the U.S. textile industry. AFMA is a trade association representing companies that manufacture synthetic and cellulosic fibers in the U.S., based in Arlington, Va.

NCTO supervises all textile policy affairs that impact the production chain and oversees key international trade negotiations, congressional initiatives and federal procurement and regulatory matters, according to the firm. NCTO’s leadership structure is comprised of four councils that individually represent a primary sector of the U.S. supply chain: Fiber, Yarn, Fabric and Home Furnishings and Industry Support. Each council elects its own officers, who make up the NCTO’s board, according to the firm.

NCTO chairman William V. “Bill” McCrary Jr., chairmain and ceo of William Barnet & Sons, said, “The NCTO merger with AFMA strengthens the U.S. textile industry’s ability to influence federal policy. It brings new members and financial resources to NCTO and extends the organization’s political reach.”

McCrary continued, “It also cements NCTO’s status as the voice of every facet of the U.S. textile production chain, a fact that will help NCTO to more effectively influence federal policies that affect U.S. textile investment, production and workers.”

And the textile industry’s economic impact is evident: U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel totaled $28.6 billion in 2015 and capital expenditures for textile and apparel production amounted to $2.4 billion in 2016, all according to the AFMA. The U.S. textile supply chain employed 550,500 people in 2017, the AFMA reported.

AFMA chairman Mark Ruday, senior vice president at DAK Americas, said, “AFMA’s merger with NCTO will allow U.S. fiber producers to keep the sector’s seat at the federal policy table.” Ruday added, “As a multibillion-dollar industry with tens of thousands of employees, it is critical that the U.S. man-made fiber sector stay engaged in Washington. Merging with NCTO will ensure the U.S. fiber manufacturers have an effective voice on policy matters affecting the sector.”

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