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US International Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC13)

As of the ITAC Website October 17, 2015


Ms. Jane L. Johnson
Manager, Government Relations
Unifi, Inc.


Mark S. Jaeger, Esq.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources,
General Counsel and Secretary
Jockey International, Inc.


Committee Members

Ms. Sara O. Beatty
Whitehaven Trade Advisors
Representing National Council of Textile Organizations

Mr. Edward G. Cochrane
Vice President and Secretary
Mount Vernon Mills, Inc.

Mr. Shawn J. Dougherty
Director, Strategy and Trade Affairs
Dillon Yarn Corporation

Mr. Dean Draughn
Senior Director, Sourcing
Under Armour, Inc.

Ms. Katherine M. Dutilh
Manager, Government Relations
Milliken & Company

Marc L. Fleischaker, Esq.
Partner and Chair Emeritus
Arent Fox LLP
Representing Rubber and Plastic Footwear Manufacturers Association

Ms. Jessica E. Franken
Director, Government Affairs
The Franken Group, LLC
Representing INDA: Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry


Mr. Nathanael "Nate" E. Herman
Director, Government Relations
Travel Goods Association

Ms. Maristella Iacobello
Vice President, Customs Compliance and Government Relations
PVH Corporation

Mr. H. Clayton Jenkins
Vice President, Global Sourcing, Compliance and New Business Development
Brown Shoe Company, Inc.

Mr. Michael D. Korchmar
The Leather Specialty Company

Mr. Stephen E. Lamar
Executive Vice President
American Apparel & Footwear Association

Matthew B. LeBretton, Esq.
Director, Public Affairs
New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.

Ms. Kathie M. Leonard
President and Chief Executive Officer
Auburn Manufacturing, Inc.

Mr. Stephen M. Mostofsky
President and Chief Executive Officer
TTI Global Resources, Inc.

Mr. Daniel E. Nation
Parkdale International
Parkdale Mills, Inc.


Mr. Paul T. O'Day
President and Counsel
American Fiber Manufacturers Association, Inc.

Mr. R. Matthew Priest
Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America

Mr. Charles L. Sanders
Vice President, Customs Compliance
Union Underwear Company, Inc.
dba Fruit of the Loom

Mr. Timothy C. Voit
International Division Manager
Thomaston Mills Division
ATD-American Company

Mr. Eric F. Warshaw
Representing Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association

Jeffrey B. Whalen, Esq.
Senior Counsel, Customs and International Trade
NIKE, Inc.
Legal Department

As of October 15, 2012




Mark S. Jaeger, Esq.

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Jockey International, Inc.




Michael S. Hubbard

Vice President

National Council of Textile Organizations


Committee Members


Sara A. Beatty


American Manufacturing Trade Action Council


Werner Bieri

President and CEO

Buhler Quality Yarns Corps.

Representing the National Cotton Council of America


Edward G. Cochrane

Vice President and Secretary

Mount Vernon Mills, Inc.


Jason C. Copland

President and CEO

Copland Fabrics, Inc.


Sudeepto (Killick) Datta

Chairman and CEO

International Brand Partners LLC


Marc. L. Fleischaker, Esq.

Arent Fox LLP

Representing Rubber and Plastic Footwear Manufacturers Association


Jessica E. Franken

Director, Government Affaiars

The Franken Group, LLC

Represent INDA: Assocation of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry


Allen E. Gant, Jr.

President and CEO

Glen Raven, Inc.


Maristella Iacobello

Director, Customs Compliance and Government Relations

Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation


Jane L. Johnson

Manager, Government Relations

Unifi, Inc.


Sarah (Sally) F. Kay


The Hosiery Association


Michael D. Korchmar


The Leather Specialty Company


Henry (Skip) L. Kotkins, Jr.


SWL Holdings, Inc.


Mathew B. LeBretton, Esq.

Director, Public Affairs

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.


Shawn J. Dougherty

Strategy and Trade Affairs

Dillion Yarn Corporation


Bernard Liefer, Esq.

President and CEO

SG Fpprwear


Jean Lineberger

Member, Board of Directors

United States Industrial Fabrics Institute


Sara L. Mayes


Gemini Shippers Association


Carlos F. J. Moore


AM&S Trade Services, LLC

Represent Swift Galey, Inc.


Paul T. O'Day

President and Chief Counsel

American Fiber Manufacturers Association, Inc.


Thomas F. Pollak


Pollak Import-Export Corporation


Randy S. Price

Vice President

JW Sourcing/VF Global Products


Gary E. Ross

Vice President, Non-Beauty Sourcing

Global Supply Chairn

Avon Products, Inc.


William K. Schapiro, Esq.

Whitehouse & Schapiro LLC

Represent SMART: Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles


George W. Shuster

Chairman of the Board

Cranston Print Works Company


Jack W. Spoon

Business Manager

Workwear Fabrics and Specialty Fabrics Division

Milliken & Company


Randolph S. Taylor

President and CEO

Absecon Mills, Inc.


David L. K. Trumbull

Vice President, International Trade

National Textile Association


Timothy C. Voit

International Sales Manager

Thomaston Mills Division

ATD-American Company


Richard W. Williams, Sr., Ph. D.

Owner,, President and CEO

Williams Companies, Inc.


Helga L. Ying

Senior Director, Worldwide Government Affairs and Public Policy

Levi Strauss & Co.


Charles L. Sanders

Vice President, Custom Compliance

Union Underwear Company, Inc.

dba Fruit of the Loom


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New Glen Raven CEO Interviewed for Textile World Magazine

CEO Leib Oehmig

In October at the IFAI Expo 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down with -- at the time -- incoming Glen Raven CEO Leib Oehmig for an interview that has now been posted on the Textile World website and will also be in their printed November/December issue.


I've known Mr. Oehmig for probably more than 20 years and have watched his steady management progression within the Glen Raven organization. During the interview, he was very gracious with his time at a busy show and transparent in answering questions on a far-ranging number of topics including the management transition from Alan Gant, Jr., to Mr. Oehmig, the first non-Gant family member to lead Glen Raven. Click here to read the interview and learn more about the thoughts of one of our industry leaders.


Steve Warner


"Buy American" Amendments Needed in US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act

As the saying goes "Politics make strange bedfellows." Today we find more than one-third of the Senate Democrats urging the inclusion of key amendments in the US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (2018 NDAA) that would strengthen the US government's "Buy American" policies.


Versions of the NDAA were recently passed by both the Senate and House and a joint committee is working out a single bill. The submitted Senate version, however, left out proposed key amendments designed to prevent the weakening of domestic sourcing for the US military. One amendment included the prevention for lifting of the restrictions in place for domestic sourcing of wearable electronic products and another amendment prevents certain exceptions to the Berry Amendment which would allow non-domestic sourcing through memoranda of agreement with foreign governments.


What's the "strange bedfellows" aspect? Well, "Buy American" is also one of the key positions taken by the Trump administration. So, we have both the Democrats and the Trump administration on the same side, trying to keep strong the US domestic capability for supplying the military. Strange bedfellows given the current political animosity in Washington...but still the cooperation is vital for the US domestic textile industry. 


Steve Warner


Posted November 3, 2017

Is Saving the US Navy's Peacoat a Matter of National Security?

Since last August, the US Navy has been planning to phase out its iconic traditional wool peacoat in favor of a less expensive, synthetic cold weather parka which is lighter in weight and more versatile in types of inclement weather. It actually replaces two types of coats and the seabag the wool coat is stored.


The wool coat, however, has some powerful friends in the US Congress. Companies such as Northwest Woolen Mills in Woonsocket, R.I. and Sterlingware in Boston, Mass. Altogether, the supply chain involved in the manufacture of these woolen peacoats -- including sheep farmers -- is estimated to account for 400 jobs in the Northeast. Add to the drama that the new parka, made by the long-time military supplier Propper, is expected to be manufactured in Puerto Rico, a perceived feeling the new coat will be made by non-American workers. Read more...


Steve Warner


June 29. 2017

President Trump's Reveals 2017 Trade Policy Agenda

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda. The document, officially called 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, outlines the new Administration’s four trade priorities:

  • Defending the US National Sovereignty over Trade Policy
  • Strictly Enforcing US Trade Laws
  • Using Leverage to Open Foreign Markets
  • Negotiating New and Better Trade Deals

​BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page within this website and placed the first chapter of the 336-page document which summarizes the policy. Click here to read it. Posted March 2, 2017

What's the NCTO Game Plan for the Post-TPP Era?

Back on March 24, 2016, I was one of the first to predict the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was a dead deal. In fact, I said that I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Donald Trump became President, the agreement is shredded on day one of his new administration. Well, I was off by three days. Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, officially withdrawing the United States from the TPP agreement. Now the question is can the National Council of Textile Organizations put together a comprehensive plan for the domestic textile industry in a post-TPP era? Click here to read the rest. Posted January 25, 2017

Steady Growth Prospects for Expanding Specialty Geosynthetics

There are literally dozens of market reports for the many market sections and subsections within the technical textiles industry. In 2017, BeaverLake6 Report will be introducing a few of these reports to our viewers. The first report being features is The Future of Spcialty Geosynthetics to 2021. It was developed by Smithers Apex, a market research firm based in the United Kingdom. 


In exchange for the promotion, Smithers Apex agreed to write an exclusive expanded executive summary of the market report for our readers. Click here to view the market summary. Posted January 9, 2017

2016 China Textile Innovation Conference Explores the Roads to a Textile Power

Sun Ruizhe

2016 China Textile Innovation Conference, as an annual summit of industry innovation, was held in Beijing on December 12th, 2016. The conference, themed on “New Opportunity, New Advantages, New Vitality” – Stepping Towards a Textile Power, comprehensively summarized the industry innovation achievements and explored the new advantages in development in order to grasp the strategic opportunity of the new round of industrial changes. BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to present a report on the conference via our partnership with China Textile magazine. Please click here. Posted December 21, 2016

In My Opinion

Re-Shoring: Good for the Goose is Not Good for the Gander?

Domestic PFD Manufacturer's Application for FTZ Additional Production Authority Riles Textile Industry Trade Associations. There is a nasty fight taking place these past few months behind the closed doors of Room 48019 at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. The room is the office of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board. The fight pits domestic technical textile industry suppliers and a coalition of textile-trade associations against a fairly large domestic end-product cut-and-sew manufacturer. Click here to read the story.


Steve Warner


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In My Opinion

In 2015, I posted more than 425 items of interest for our industry on the BeaverLake6 Report website. In reviewing it all last week, it got me to thinking about putting together a list of influential events, news and trends that I observed during the past year. I have focused primarily on the US marketplace but each of “the things that mattered” to me has global implications.


So, here go my thoughts in no particular order of importance. Let me know if you agree or if I have missed some. Click here to read the list.


Steve Warner


Posted January 17, 2016

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