Friday, March 22, 2019

A Look Inside the American Woolen Company Mill

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

NCTO Elects North Carolina Manufacturing CEO as 2019 Chairman

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held its 16th Annual Meeting March 19-21 in Washington, DC. Elected as NCTO officers for 2019 are:

Chairman – Leib Oehmig, CEO of Glen Raven, Inc. Mr. Oehmig is CEO of Glen Raven, Inc., based in Glen Raven, North Carolina. Glen Raven is an innovative leader in textile research and development, dying, spinning, weaving and finishing, and distribution and logistics.

Vice Chairman – David Roberts, CEO of CAP Yarns, Inc. Mr. Roberts is CEO of CAP Yarns, Inc., based in Clover, South Carolina. CAP Yarns is a specialty yarn manufacturer and a leader in developing unique yarns for the knitting and weaving industry.

NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers.

  • U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 594,147 in 2018.
  • The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $76.8 billion in 2018.
  • U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $30.1 billion in 2018.
  • Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totaled $2.0 billion in 2017, the last year for which data is available.

Patrick Gruber to Receive AATCC Millson Award

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists has named Patrick R. Gruber as the recipient of the Henry E. Millson Award for Invention for developing a green chemistry-based continuous process for producing polylactic acid fibers known as PLA. The Millson Award recognizes inventions that are outstanding contributions to textile technology.

Gruber is CEO and board member at Gevo Inc., specializing in converting carbohydrates into low carbon chemicals and fuels, lessening reliance on petrochemical sources.

Gruber began his career at Cargill Inc. in 1988 as technology manager in search of new business opportunities involving renewable resource-based products as raw materials. He served as Technical Director of Cargill's BioScience division from 1998 to 1999. In 1997, Gruber co-founded NatureWorks, LLC (formerly Cargill Dow, LLC), and served as Vice President of Technology and Operations and Chief Technology Officer until 2005.

Chemical giants had spent decades trying to find a renewable and environmentally safe raw material to make into plastic. Until Gruber’s discovery in 1989, no one had discovered out how to make PLA from plant starches with the right properties and inexpensively enough for large scale production.

A new fermentation and distillation process enabled cheaper purification, better optical composition control, and significant yield increases over existing practice. The patented process enabled a single plant, using a flexible manufacturing system, to produce different PLA grades for multiple markets at low cost while adhering to environmentally sound practices.

Gruber has received numerous awards including: The George Washington Carver Award from BIO, The Presidential Green Chemistry Award, The Discover Award for Environmental Innovation from Discover Magazine, The Lee W. Rivers Innovation Award from CDMA, an Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota in 2011, and numerous others. Gruber is the editor the two volume book “Biorefineries—Industrial Processes and Products,” eight papers and book chapters, and holds more than 60 US patents, with a number of others pending.

Gruber received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. He also earned an M.S. in business administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

The Millson Award

AATCC named the Millson Award for Invention for Henry E. Millson, a noted inventor who was head of dyes research for American Cyanamid. Millson, the 1958 recipient of AATCC's Olney Medal for outstanding achievement in textile chemistry, endowed the award in 1979 with the stipulation that he never be considered a candidate. After agreeing to that condition, the Association promptly named the award in his honor.

Award Presentation

The Millson Award will be presented at AATCC's International Conference in Fort Worth, TX, USA, at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel, during the Award Luncheon on April 11, 2019 at noon.

For a complete list of previous award recipients, visit www.aatcc.org/abt/awards/millson/millson-award-recipients

About AATCC: AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 50 countries throughout the world.

Army and Navy Uniform Contract Awarded

M&M Manufacturing LLC, Lajas, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $13,781,250 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Navy Working Uniform blouses and Army Combat Uniform coats. This was a competitive acquisition with six responses received. This is an 18-month base contract with three one-year option periods. Location of performance is Puerto Rico, with a March 19, 2021, estimated performance completion date. Using military services are Navy and Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2021 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-1145).

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Federal Business Opportunities through March 20, 2019

Recently posted federal business opportunities

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Title:             53 WEG Tension Fabric Structure Purchase
Sol. #:            FA4819-19-Q-3024 
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             3 Tention Fabric Structures
Sol. #:            FA4819-19-Q-3011
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLI
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1209
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MEDAL SET,SERVICE
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1204
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Deployment Gear
Sol. #:            FA4661-19-Q-0047
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Military Rucks
Sol. #:            W912KZ-19-Q-5019
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Drash Tent Accessories - 77th
Sol. #:            11310950
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             P248 Water Purification Testing
Sol. #:            W911QYPMCIETesting
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             60' x 38' x 9.5' TENT
Sol. #:            N0016719Q0048
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Grey Blue Flannel 2000 Yards
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0013
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             STS Mountain Tech Gear 
Sol. #:            W912KZ-19-Q-5017
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Gray Blue Flannel
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0013
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1291
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1298
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Rifleman Set w/TAP and Components
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0021
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SHOE COVERS
Sol. #:            SPMYM219Q1221
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             50 State Indoor Parade Quality Flag 
Sol. #:            FJHHBNKJ0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Rifle Magazine Pouch
Sol. #:            M67854-19-R-1549
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             TravelPro Luggage or Equal
Sol. #:            F1D1049064AW01
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             White Gloves
Sol. #:            M00264-19-Q-0059
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             ROOF CAP ASSEMBLY
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             REPAIR KIT,TENTAGE, MGPTS
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CONTAINER,TENT PIN
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             White Trousers without Pockets
Sol. #:            M0026419Q0055
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Officer Dress Blue Coats and Trousers for Marines Barracks Washington
Sol. #:            M0026419Q0039
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Gloves, Leather, Light Duty (LDUG)
Sol. #:            SPE1C119R0049
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SUPPORT,BOOM
Sol. #:            SPE1C118Q0291
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Supply
Sol. #:            W912CM19R0004
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Hoods, Balaclava 2000 EA
Sol. #:            W912PQ19Q0005
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Deployment Gear
Sol. #:            FA4661-19-Q-0047
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Commercial Item, Fabric Pre-Cuts for Liners, AF Trunks
Sol. #:            CT2260-19
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             BAG,TENT FRAME PART
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1274
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Security Forces MASSIF Cold Weather Layering System 
Sol. #:            FA4626-19-Q-0024
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Hearing Protection Headsets
Sol. #:            M0026419Q0054
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Security Forces MASSIF Cold Weather Layering System 
Sol. #:            FA4626-19-Q-0024
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Court Shoes
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0016
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Commercial Item, Fabric Pre-Cuts for Liners, AF Trunks
Sol. #:            CT2260-19
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             Balistic Helmets
Sol. #:            DPGOPDTS190212a
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             DCMA Civilian Awards and Decoration
Sol. #:            S5121A-19-R-0006
Agency:            Defense Contract Management Agency
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Title:             RFQ FOR FSC 8460 - BRIEFCASES
Sol. #:            
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T1093
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             PARKA,ECW(LOFT),URBAN GREY,ECWCS GEN
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             STS Cold WX Garments 
Sol. #:            W912KZ-19-Q-5006
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             MODULAR SCALABLE VEST-SM-SCORPION,-MD-SCORPION, LG-SCORPION, XL SCORPION
Sol. #:            FTPOLKJRTCOPSGRPAAJ0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             3 Tention Fabric Structures
Sol. #:            FA4819-19-Q-3011
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             GSA Fleet Key Ring Card Holders
Sol. #:            QMAA-CK-190003-D
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             HOUSING,FLYER'S HEL
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0125
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             OPTION - Cloth Polyester Twill - Lining
Sol. #:            W911SD19R0030
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             STS Gortex Pants 
Sol. #:            W912KZ-19-Q-5012
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FELT SHEET
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0106
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             84 -- Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             AFE Harnesses and Belts
Sol. #:            FA487719QA028
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Deployment Uniform Clothing & Equipment
Sol. #:            W912LA19Q6025
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Anti-Static, Conductive Gloves
Sol. #:            W44W9M-19-T-0078
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Uniforms and Accessories
Sol. #:            SILL-DES-WB-0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Cold Temperature and Artic Protective System (CTAPS)
Sol. #:            W911QY-ColdTemperatureArticProtectiveSystem(CTAPS)
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Gloves, Barbed Tape - Wire Handlers 
Sol. #:            W911QY-GlovesBarbedTapeWireHandlers
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Tactical Armband 
Sol. #:            W91UH4KS0007
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Ops-Core FAST MT Super High Cut Helmet (Ballistic) 
Sol. #:            713412-7948
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             15 FT Extractor Cargo Parachute (SYPNOPSIS )
Sol. #:            W56HZV19R0077
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Fire Suppression Lithium-Ion Bags
Sol. #:            W9133L-19-R-0040
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Cadet Issued Sword Belt & Frog
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0041
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology (JSLIST) 
Sol. #:            SPE1C117R0020_JSLIST
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Ice creepers
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-Q-0129
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Leather Sword Belt & Frog
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0041
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             OPTION - Wool and Nylon - Type II - Black
Sol. #:            W911SD19R0029
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

CPSC to Hold Hearing on Agenda and Priorities for FY 2020 and 2021

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission) will conduct a public hearing to receive views from all interested parties about the Commission's agenda and priorities for fiscal year 2020, which begins on October 1, 2019, and for fiscal year 2021, which begins on October 1, 2020. We invite members of the public to participate. Written comments and oral presentations concerning the Commission's agenda and priorities for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 will become part of the public record.

The hearing will begin at 10 a.m. on May 1, 2019, and will conclude the same day. Requests to make oral presentations and the written text of any oral presentations must be received by the Division of the Secretariat not later than 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on April 17, 2019. The Commission will accept written comments as well. These also must be received by the Division of the Secretariat not later than 5 p.m. EDT on April 17, 2019.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Army Combat Uniform Contract Awarded

Golden Manufacturing Inc., Golden, Mississippi, has been awarded a maximum $18,234,851 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Army Combat Uniform coats and the Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform. This was a competitive acquisition with nine responses received. This is a two-year contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Mississippi, with a Sept. 14, 2021, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2021 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-1138).