Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), the government-supported initiative to push manufacture of high-tech textiles, has awarded contracts to the Manufacturing Solutions Center and Textile Technology Center to support in-plant training. The College of Textiles at NCSU also is included in the program that will support North Carolina and area manufacturing plants that compete for contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense.
The training programs is an important step in the creation of a U.S. Fabric Discovery Center in the state by AFFOA which functions through MIT. Leaders in the General Assembly earlier this year sent letters supporting the establishment of a Fabric Discovery Center in the state.