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- Ralph Lauren and the U.S. Olympic Committee urged to consider sourcing options in the United States, which are plentiful and increasingly cost competitive.
- Ralph Lauren, along with other importers, has been a major proponent of changing long standing trade rules in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks in order to allow increased sourcing of textile products from China.
· The U.S. textile industry is a large manufacturing employer in the United States. The overall textile sector - from textile fibers to apparel - employed 506,000 workers in 2011.
· Textile companies alone employed 238,000 workers.
· The U.S. government estimates that one textile job in this country supports three other jobs.
· U.S. textile shipments totaled $53 billion in 2011.
· The U.S. textile industry is the third largest exporter of textile products in the world. Exports in 2010 grew 13.4 percent to more than $17 billion in 2011. Total textile and apparel exports were a record $22.4 billion.
· Nearly two-thirds of U.S. textile exports during 2011 went to our Western Hemisphere free trade partners. The U.S. textile industry exported to more than 170 countries, with 22 countries buying more than $100 million a year.
· The U.S. textile industry supplies more than 8,000 different textile products per year to the U.S. military.
· The U.S. is the world leader in textile research and development, with private textile companies and universities developing new textile materials such as conductive fabric with antistatic properties, electronic textiles that monitor heart rate and other vital signs, antimicrobial fibers, antiballistic body armor for people and the machines that carry them and new garments that adapt to the climate to make the wearer warmer or cooler.
· The U.S. textile industry invested $16.5 billion in new plants and equipment from 2001 to 2010. And recently producers have opened new fiber, yarn and recycling facilities to convert textile waste to new textile uses and resins.
· The U.S. textile industry has increased productivity by 45 percent over the last 10 years, making textiles one of the top industries among all industrial sectors in productivity increases.
· In 2011, textile workers on average earned 151% more than apparel store workers ($575 per week vs. $229) and received health care and pension benefits.