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Made in America is Back and Finding a New Path

While U.S. apparel and textile manufacturing will never be what it was in its heyday half a century ago before the advent of the import era, many believe it’s back from the abyss and here to stay.

In the last five years or so, Made in America has grown from a grass roots dream into a niche-based reality. Factors came together such as a shift in consumer buying patterns following the Great Recession, the stunning growth of e-commerce, rising costs in China and overall Asian sourcing woes.

There are numbers to back up the uptick, especially in the textile sector.

The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $74.4 billion last year, a nearly 11 percent increase since 2009, according to the National Council of Textile Organizations. U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $26.3 billion in 2016. Investment in fiber, yarn, fabric and other non-apparel textile product manufacturing climbed 75 percent to $1.7 billion in 2015 from $960 million in 2009.

Read more at Sourcing Journal.