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New Textile Organization Will Stress Lobbying

James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent

A group of textile industry executives and their suppliers is in the process of developing a new organization to help beef up the industry's lobbying efforts in Washington. Known as the National Council of Textile Organizations, (NCTO) the new group expects to attract textile companies, fiber suppliers, machinery manufacturers and others. It will work in close cooperation with other organizations such as the National Textile Association, the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition and the National Cotton Council, since those groups have common goals with respect to international trade issues. In addition to lobbying on trade issues, the NCTO will also work on some regulatory matters.

The new organization came about after merger talks between the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) and the American Yarn Spinners Association (AYSA) broke down. Both organizations have been hurting in recent years as poor business conditions led to loss of members and financial support. It has not yet been determined what effect the new organization will have on ATMI and AYSA.

ATMI Chairman Jim Chesnutt sees the new organization as a positive development that should help a broad segment of textile interests speak with a unified voice and strengthen its position in Washington. He said the NCTO will include a number of councils that will deal with such things as international trade, fibers, home furnishings, machinery and other supplier issues.

March 2004