Paul Fogleman,

The halls of the General Assembly are most quiet now. Incumbent representatives and senators with primary opponents are busy in their districts cultivating votes for the May 8 elections. For some the session that convenes a week later will be their last.

Preparations for the HTCAC legislative agenda however are intense. Yet to be disclosed details of a joint effort with the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University are being crafted for a major Legislative push. The goal is the establishment of a program with national implications. Lobbying will be a joint effort of the HTGAC and NCSU. But especially important will be the involvement and support of our members and executives from hosiery and textiles companies.

Legislators will learn that textiles ranks third in direct foreign investments in North Carolina with over $1 billion in the last decade, surpassed only by pharmaceuticals and automotive components(which also include textile products.} Also, some 150,000 people are supported by jobs in N.C. textiles and hosiery companies and their supplier companies. Our legislative efforts are directed at building a world-class infrastructure to grow the businesses and nurture new entrepreneurs.

The official 2018 session opens May 16 and is expected to conclude by mid-July. The Hosiery and Textiles Legislative Day is Wednesday, June 6.

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