The National Association for the Sewn Products Industry
The National Association Volume XXXI, Number 2..............................................................................March/April/May, 2009
Sewn Products Industry SEAMS to present USA Softgoods Supply Chain
at SPESA Expo 2010...
In This Issue:
SEAMS President Gerald Schwartz announced at the recent Spring Conference
Board of Directors ..................... 10 that SEAMS will endorse the SPESA Expo 2010, to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, on
May 18-20, 2010.
Coming Events............................ 2
Member Profiles...................... 5, 8 SEAMS will present a showcase of products produced by our members in a
Mission...................................... 10 pavilion representing the USA Softgoods Supply Chain. There will be individual
booths and an open area where attendees can see examples of our members’
Person of the Year ...................... 7
capabilities, products, and services at every link in the entire supply chain.
SEAMS Can Help ....................... 9
Spring Conference Golf .............. 3 SEAMS has reserved over 2,000 square feet of exhibit space for the SEAMS
Spring Conference Panel............ 3 USA Softgoods Supply Chain Pavilion to show the world what our members can
do. Each SEAMS member participating in the pavilion will receive, in addition to their
Spring Conference Recap........... 2
10x10 booth space, a FREE listing in the Show Directory, and a FREE listing on a
Welcome New Members............. 6
full-page four-color advertisement featuring the USA Softgoods Supply Chain
Pavilion. Contact SEAMS at 803-772-5861 for more information about exhibiting.
The SPESA Expo 2010 will join with two other international trade organizations, Techtextil
North America, and ATME-I/Megatex, to host a bigger-than-ever conference and exposition
that will cover every aspect of the global sewn products concept-to-delivery sewn products
lifecycle; from product design to product development, engineering to pre-production, sourcing
to production, and logistics to distribution. The event will provide valuable information and
Support Our insight for every sewn products company, including contractors, manufacturers, brands,
Newsletter Advertisers agents, and retailers.
SPESA Expo 2010 is owned and organized by the North Carolina-based industry
association SPESA, the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas.
Dunn Trimming & Binding For information visit www.spesaexpo.com.
Gerald Schwartz Inc.
page 5 Talk about SEAMS Spring Conference...
Custom Printed Fabrics Charles Dorman, Diamond Management Group, ‘Melrose, MA -- Great meeting for a “first
page 9 timer.” Many members went out of their way to make us feel welcome.
Cindy Wilson, Artwear Embroidery, Kernersville, NC -- SEAMS conferences are
consistently inspirational, educational, and thought provoking. Participating in the conference
broadens my perspective and opportunities through programs, speakers, and networking.
Shaun Budnik, Morrison Apparel, Hermann, MO -- SEAMS has once again given me the
opportunity to network with people throughout the supply chain of our industry. I have never
June 4-6, 2009 --
had an organization help us as much as SEAMS.
SPESA 2009 Annual Meeting
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Donna Reineke-Kuch, Complete Converting, Toledo, OH -- The sessions were
informative and interactive. The speakers were very knowledgeable.
October 15-16, 2009 --
Gerald Schwartz, Gerald Schwartz Inc., Tucker, GA -- One of the most informative
SEAMS Fall Conference
NCSU, Raleigh, NC
Romei Smitherman, Texpak Inc., Franklin Square, NY -- It was a great way to have a
May 18-20, 2010 --
captive audience for my goods.
SPESA Expo 2010
GA World Congress Center
Frank Henderson, Henderson Sewing Machines, Andalusia, AL -- A very useful
opportunity to cooperate, collaborate, and partner with other organizations in the USA.
May 21-22, 2010 --
Jerry Beringhause, Texpak Inc., Franklin Square, NY -- The value of SEAMS
SEAMS Spring Conference
membership is essential to return to our apparel manufacturing base that the world respected,
copies, and envied.
SEAMS Conference Enlightens and Informs...
Attendees shared, learned, networked, dined, and enjoyed the beach during the 2009 Spring Conference.
On Friday, May 1, presenters Dan Ellzey (left) and Michael Carrouth, of the
law firm Fisher & Phillips, LLP, Columbia, SC, updated our attendees about the
recent changes in labor and employment law. They shared steps that can be
taken to be sure that companies are in compliance with all the applicable laws and
Presenter Dan St. Louis (right), of the Hosiery
Technology Center, Hickory, NC, gave us an overview of
the lead testing situation. This issue in incredibly
complicated and affects companies in the sewn products
industry in a major way. As the laws are written now, all
components of products that are accessible to children under 12 years old must be lead free
and certified as such. Congress and the CPSIA are working to restructure the laws and
enforcement on this issue. Companies need to keep informed and take advantage of testing
services that are available at the Hosiery Technology Center.
Presenter Steve Jesseph (left), Worldwide Responsible
Apparel Production (WRAP), Arlington, VA, shared his insights about “Surviving and
Thriving in Changing Times.” We are bombarded with negative publicity on a daily basis
and it is easy to become very stressed out. The news media sensationalizes stories to get
Business owners need to project a confident attitude and have a solid foundation with
a written mission, values, a code of conduct, a flexible three-year plan with a ten-year
vision, and an understanding of the local and global forces that impact the business.
Business owners should take care of their employees, their greatest asset, and maintain a
good reputation in the business community. It takes years to build a good reputation, just
seconds to ruin one.
Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most
intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
In other words -- Innovate or Die!
International speaker Patti Fralix (right) joined us on Saturday after dinner to
share here views on the everyday stresses that we all face and how they affect our
business lives. “On How Many Tracks Does This Train Need to Run?” pointed up
the many demands on our time and attention that we all face. Patti gave us ideas on
how to cope and helped us see that we can get through it all with our sanity intact.
We can even learn to laugh and enjoy our families and friends along the way.
SEAMS Important is a publication of the...
4921-C Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212
SAVE THE DATE !
TEL: 803-772-5861 FAX: 803-731-7709
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: www.seams.org October 15-16, 2009
SEAMS Fall Networking Conference
SEAMS is...a not-for-profit association NCSU College of Textiles
working for the improvement of the sewn Raleigh, North Carolina
products industry ...since 1967. Details to be announced
Success Panel Shares Insights and Tips...
At each SEAMS Networking Conference we present a panel of successful SEAMS members who are making
changes and trying new things to adapt to the changes in the sewn products industry. This portion of our meetings has
become one of the most popular with the attendees.
Some of their suggestions included:
Take care of your people -- try flextime, premium pay for attendance,
not punishment for absences.
Share with your employees how things are going, what the expenses
are, what it takes to run the company.
Be willing to work with anyone -- large or small.
Stick to your core competencies.
Focus on relationships -- try partnering with other companies on big jobs.
Get to know your customers and their needs so you can serve them better.
Utilize new technologies that will give you an edge over competitors.
Assess new opportunities to see if they can be beneficial in the long term.
In summary, all the panelists agreed that each plant is unique, and some ideas may not work everyone.
Owners have to try things to see what works for them. The bottom line is to be flexible and willing to adapt to
the many changes that are happening in the industry.
The 2009 Spring Success Panel consisted of (left to right above): Shaun Budnik, Morrison Apparel, Hermann, MO;
Rodney Cooley, Wells Hosiery & Apparel, Asheboro, NC; Dan Vipperman, Lebanon Apparel Corp., Lebanon, VA;
Matt Anglemyer, Wells Hosiery & Apparel, Asheboro, NC; and Matt Thornton, Swift Galey, Taylors, SC.
SEAMS Spring Golf Outing...
And the Winners Were...
The Pine Lakes course was in fine shape after recent renovations, the weather cooperated,
and a good time was had by all.
The winners of the Spring Golf Outing were:
LONGEST DRIVE -- Jim Lovejoy (above right), TC2, Cary, NC
CLOSEST TO THE PIN -- Shaun Budnik (below, right),
Morrison Apparel, Hermann, MO
FIRST PLACE TEAM:
Matt Poovey, Champion Thread Co., Gastonia, NC
Matt Anglemyer, Wells Hosiery & Apparel, Asheboro, NC
Jeff Crisco, Asheboro Elastics Corp., Asheboro, NC
Eric Miller, WebMillers Design & Hosting, Columbia, SC
SECOND PLACE TEAM:
Richard Schaftlein, Hickory Brands, Hickory, NC
Gerald Schwartz, Gerald Schwartz Inc., Tucker, GA
Rune Grinna, Tara Grinna Swimwear, Myrtle Beach, SC
Jim Lovejoy, TC2, Cary, NC
Faces at the SEAMS Spring Conference...
Pictured below are some of our attendees, who told us about their companies, and shared some of the things that
they specialize in. Most attendees told us how they have benefited from the networking opportunities that are available at
SEAMS meetings. It’s all about WHO you know!
Plastic & Metal Hardware, Hook & loop, Zippers, Fabrics, Snaps,
Cording (elastic & non), Elastic (woven & knit), Webbing, Thread & more.
4756 Hammermill Rd. #401
Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: 770-493-9443 Fax: 770-938-8816
Morrison Apparel --
Adaptability is the Key to Success
Morrison Apparel, LLC has been in the clothing manufacturing
business for 30 years. In those thirty years Morrison Apparel has continued to change and evolve to fit its customers’
needs. Starting as a skiwear producer and growing into other markets, Morrison Apparel has experience across the
clothing industry product line. If it can be sewn, there is an excellent chance Morrison Apparel has sewn it.
Today Morrison Apparel has two facilities in Missouri. One is in Hermann, MO, producing tops; and the other is in
Chamois, MO, producing bottoms. The two plants combined currently produce a total of 48 different styles of slacks,
shorts, skorts, skirts, culottes, woven shirts, maternity wear, aprons, and lab coats. Morrison Apparel has recently been
established as a government contractor and sub-contractor, and has also started a rework project.
Morrison Apparel understands that the only way to compete with off shore production is to provide an extremely higher
quality product, long or short run, at a competitive price, and with a quick turn time. This is definitely being accomplished.
For more information on Morrison Apparel’s capabilities please contact:
Shaun Budnik, Morrison Apparel, LLC
P.O. Box 354, 107 Industrial Drive, Hermann, MO 65041
Phone: 573-486-0555 FAX: 573-486-0655
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS !
ALLAN DESIGN LLC MORTEX APPAREL MANUFACTURING
1901 Selkirk Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 PO Box 127, Wendell, NC 27591
TEL: 336-282-2498 TEL: 919-365-9805 FAX: 919-365-0766
EMAIL: email@example.com WEBSITE: www.mortexapparel.com
Jon Allan, CEO EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
We manufacture woven organic and regular cotton Brian Morrell, Production/Sales
fabrics at our mills in India. Many of our fabrics are Edward Morrell, CEO
then produced into home furnishing and apparel Mortex Apparel provides the complete package with
products in the US. garment design, pattern making, cloth development
and USA garment manufacturing. Mortex is a 25-year-
C and C ENTERPRISE old vertical private label manufacturer located in North
PO Box 637, Sparta, TN 38583 Carolina. With 400 employees, Mortex specializes in
TEL: 931-739-7499 FAX: 931-739-2902 active apparel and sportswear.
EMAIL: email@example.com Products include, but not limited to, knit jersey
Mark Cantrell and rib tees and tops, fleece sweats, team athletic
Supplier of good quality used and new sewing apparel of all fabrics, performance apparel,
machines and other related machinery for the sewing and organic cotton apparel.
industry, including spreading equipment, cutting room
supplies, pattern grading and marker making SOLID STONE FABRICS and APPAREL
supplies, embroidery equipment and supplies, 26 Fayette Street, Martinsville, VA 24112
attachments, and needles. TEL: 276-634-0115 FAX: 276-632-8986
FAST LANE CLOTHING EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
5112 North 22nd Street, Tampa, FL 33610 David Stone, CEO
TEL: 813-879-3298 FAX: 813-871-2035 Supplying stretch fabrics, printing, cutting, and sewing
WEBSITE: www.fastlaneclothing.net in a wide variety of markets including activewear,
WEBSITE: www.toucandance.com swimwear, dance and costume, medical, and technical.
Lori Davis TUSCARORA YARNS INC.
Fast Lane Clothing Company has established local 8760 E. Franklin Street, Mt. Pleasant, NC 28124
and international recognition as a premium uniform TEL: 704-436-6527 FAX: 704-436-9461
manufacturer. Our manufacturing firm specializes in WEBSITE: www.tuscarorayarns.com
cut-and-sew products, silk-screened, and EMAIL: email@example.com
embroidered garments. We have access to many Dee Dee Harris, Director of Marketing
resources to produce quality garments. One of our Founded in 1899, Tuscarora Yarns Inc. has been
goals is to help enhance your company branding and a quality yarn spinner for over 100 years,
customer loyalty by creating unique logoed apparel. and offers the highest quality specialty yarns
Please support American manufacturing. in both open end and ring spun. Tuscarora yarns are
made into a wide variety of products including men's
and women's sportswear, underwear, hosiery,
sweaters, home furnishings, automotive, and many
other textile applications.
Referral Sources -- here’s how these new members
heard about SEAMS.
New Member .......................................Source of Referral Dues Discount Incentive Program…
Allan Design LLC...................................... Tumbling Colors SEAMS incentive program helps us grow and helps our
members! SEAMS members can earn discounts toward their next
C and C Enterprise ............... Henderson Sewing Machines dues invoice by signing up new members.
Fast Lane Clothing .............................. Int’l Apparel Search For every NEW MEMBER that a current member signs up,
Mortex Manufacturing......................Carolina Cotton Works SEAMS will apply a 20% discount to the current member company's
next dues invoice, up to 100%. If you sign up five (5) new member
Solid Stone Fabrics & Apparel.................. Tuscarora Yarns companies within one year, you could owe us nothing for your next
................................................................. & Material World years' dues!
Tuscarora Yarns ................................. Contempora Fabrics We encourage members to talk to their colleagues in the sewn
................................................................. & Material World products industry to encourage them to join SEAMS. Let us know
who you are speaking to, and we will mail them an informational
For all the details about member referrals and how to packet that will answer all of their questions. We see this as an on-
earn discounts toward your annual dues, please see the going membership drive, with the added bonus for current members
information box on this page. of reducing their dues.
Custom Printed Fabrics Announces
SEAMS member Custom Printed Fabrics announced
recently that it has launched a new website to promote their
They manufacture all the stuff that makes the "do-it-
yourselfing" possible. They’re high quality printers of fabrics
and textiles. CPF can figure out how to take an idea and turn
it into something very personal and very special. They are
especially excited to be offering our custom printed fabrics
online, and can provide color swatches so customers can
preview the image before any yardage is printed.
Visit www.fabricondemand.com to see their new
SEAMS Names Person of the Year...
At the recent Spring Conference, SEAMS President
Gerald Schwartz named Eric Miller the SEAMS Person of
the Year for 2008.
He wears many hats and has been a great supporter of
the SEAMS Association for many years. He works with
Professional Financial Planning to help our members find
affordable insurance coverage. Eric also has his own
company, WebMillers Design & Hosting, and offers members
ways to increase their presence on the Internet with website
design and support.
Eric works behind the scenes with the SEAMS office
staff to help us keep our website updated and current. This
year he has been tireless in getting the SEAMS shopping cart
up and running smoothly. We also have to thank him for all
the help he gives us with our golf outings at meetings in the
spring and fall.
Eric attended Piedmont Technical College and the
University of South Carolina and holds an Associate Degree
in Business. His hobbies include physical fitness, bicycling,
and website design. He lives with his wife Nicki and two very
spoiled cats, Gracie and Jessie, in Columbia, SC.
So hats off to Eric Miller -- Thanks for all you do
Industry Contract Consultants
The Leader in Government Contract CONSULTANTS
Administration for the Textile & Sewn
The Defense Support Center Philadelphia (DSCP) is the worldwide buying office for military clothing and textiles.
Over 8,000 items of clothing and other sewn products valued at about two billion dollars are purchased annually. Their
large volume contracts provide the advantages of massive quantities of one style and one color over long periods of
time, providing greater efficiency and generating higher sales and better profits.
Successfully obtaining and performing a government contract can be quite frustrating, but rewarding. It is an
involved and challenging process, one that is difficult to manage without extensive experience and knowledge. We
provide that expertise so you can be proficient in your first contract, while your organization learns the processes and
gains the ability to operate more independently.
ICC has been in business for the past 25 years, working solely with domestic contractors. Our group has not only
been in manufacturing, but has had extensive experience in owning and running domestic factories, holding high level
military officer status and long standing success working with the Defense Supply Center. So, to that end, we
understand the problems of managing a factory, and in this day, how difficult it is to find work…..
We work with you to find you work in the government contracting arena….. Okay, so now you’re thinking. “What is
the catch?” The best way to find out is ask us how we have secured over $400 million in government contracts….
Currently we are looking at bids coming out for BDU’s, outerwear, coveralls, and dress uniforms, as well as trousers,
slacks and skirts that may fit nicely into your sewing lines. Many other products are also available. We also work with
suppliers of fabrics, trims and findings to get their items approved and “on the list” as a government accepted resource.
To learn more about us call Howard Kellner at 570.595.9521 or hkellner@PTD.NET and visit us on the web at
The SEAMS Team -- A Complete Supply Chain
Do you need …to locate a contractor, ...a source for an unusual trim item,
...to find a special piece of equipment, ...or to hire qualified personnel?
Here’s your answer…
The SEAMS Association is a COMPLETE SUPPLY CHAIN comprised of a wide variety of
companies who can do anything. Through this network of contacts we can find anything that
you need in your daily operations, even that once-in-a-while “thingamajig” that you didn’t know
you needed. We get phone calls and emails in the SEAMS office every day with requests for
help, both from members and from nonmembers. These requests are sent out by email and
FAX to our entire membership -- and we know that a SEAMS member will come through
with a solution.
Since the last newsletter the SEAMS office has received requests for help to find
SEAMS members companies to sew all these items: placket shirts, children’s rain jackets, sleep masks, hats,
can make vulcanized waders, baby sleeping bags, knit activewear, little girls’ tops & bottoms, cotton
lunch bags, infants swimwear, mixed martial arts clothing, laptop computer bags, children’s
ANYTHING! sleepwear, handbags, hospital gowns, protective handbands, ladies’ twill pants, and postal
We received requests for help finding a source for shoulder pads, mannequins, collars &
If your project cuffs for knit shirts, cotton/polyester fleece, compression fabric, stretch Poplin, 4-way stretch
involves putting polyester, and nylon checkerboard fabric.
a needle Companies are also seeking people to fill these positions: logistics planning & production
through cloth -- As you can see, we get a wide variety of requests every week. By tapping into our
someone from COMPLETE SUPPLY CHAIN, we are able to help most people who contact us.
So remember, whatever you need, SEAMS CAN HELP!
SEAMS can help!
The mission of the SEAMS Association is to support the resurging US sewn products industry through
membership networking and collaboration; by offering benefits packages that help control overhead
expenses; through access to educational programs to help improve the quality and productivity of the US
sewn products industry collectively, and of our member firms individually; and by keeping our members
informed about legislation in Washington, DC that impacts our industry.
The SEAMS Association is a not-for-profit organization comprised of manufacturing and contract
manufacturing companies in the US sewn products industry. SEAMS supplier member companies provide
valuable products and services to the apparel and sewn products industry. Membership in the SEAMS
Association is one way to enhance your company’s continued growth and success. The US sewn products
industry faces many challenges and one of the best ways to promote the industry’s interests is to join forces with
business colleagues in the SEAMS Association.
SEAMS is dedicated to promoting a business climate which will enhance and support the retention of sound
economic growth throughout the entire United States. the Association is constantly working to develop solutions
to many of the challenges facing the sewn products industry. Participation as a member of SEAMS guarantees
that the voice of the sewn products industry will be heard and responded to.
SEAMS member companies are located throughout the United States of America.
OFFICERS & DIRECTORS - 2009
President Gerald Schwartz, Gerald Schwartz Inc., Tucker, GA
TEL: 770-493-9443 FAX: 770-938-8816
Vice President Deana Vickers, Lebanon Apparel Corp., Lebanon, VA
Secy/Treas Mike Diemer, Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, SC
TEL: 864-503-2791 FAX: 864-503-2133
Ex-Officio Officer Jim Garner, Creative Outlet, Morehead City, NC
TEL: 252-808-3898 FAX: 252-808-2188 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Director Sarah Y. Friedman, SEAMS Association, Columbia, SC
TEL: 803-772-5861 FAX: 803-731-7709 EMAIL: email@example.com
Steve Anderson, EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org Education Director:
Integrated Textile Solutions, Salem, VA Richard Atwell, EMAIL: email@example.com
TEL: 540-389-8113 FAX: 540-387-5855 Cary, NC
Stacey Bridges, EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolina Cotton Works, Gaffney, SC Supplier Directors:
TEL: 864-488-2824 FAX: 864-488-0488 Jeff Crisco, EMAIL: email@example.com
Asheboro Elastics, Asheboro, NC
Jerry Collins, EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org TEL: 336-629-2626 FAX: 336-629-3782
Twin City Knitting, Conover, NC Gerald Cauthen, EMAIL: email@example.com
TEL: 828-464-4830 FAX: 828-464-6340 Contempora Fabrics, Lumberton, NC
TEL: 910-738-7131 FAX: 910-738-9575
Gary Gobble, EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome your input…
Dan Vipperman, EMAIL: email@example.com Please feel free to contact any of the officers and directors
Lebanon Apparel Corp., Lebanon, VA to share your ideas.
TEL: 276-889-3656 FAX: 276-889-2830