When Pres. Trump appointed Wilbur Ross to be Secretary of Commerce, he created a conduit to his administration for the textiles industry and retailers. Among Ross’ extensive holdings were VF Corp. and Cone Mills, both impacted by NAFTA. Ross maintained North Carolina connections through the N.C. Citizens for Business eand Industry, now the N.C. Chamber. NAFTA was adopted in 1994 and was the first major step that lead to the shakeup of American manufacturing. President Trump will put Secretary Ross on the front lines in the process of renegotiating trade agreements to replace NAFTA. That process will be in full swing by the end of this month.