The Future Of Textiles In South Carolina To Be Held October 29

The Future of Textiles in South Carolina — sponsored by Columbia, S.C.-based New Carolina: South
Carolina Council on Competitiveness — will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008, from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m.
at the Spartanburg Marriott, Spartanburg. Admission is free, and those planning to attend are asked
to RSVP to Felicia Wright (803) 760-1408 or

The schedule is as follows:

1:30 p.m.    Welcome and Purpose of Meeting

Rob Chapman, Textile Cluster Chair, Inman Mills

1:35 p.m.     Clustering as an Economic Engine

George Fletcher, Executive Director, New Carolina

Introduction of Speakers

Mark Henry, David L. Barkley and Daniel Eades, Clemson University

Presentation of Reports

•    The Contribution of the Textile and Apparel Cluster to the South Carolina

•    South Carolina’s Textile and Apparel Industries: An Analysis of Trends in
Traditional and Emerging Sectors

2:15 p.m.    Introduction of North Carolina State University (NCSU) Team

        Jim Rogers, Upstate Change Agent, New Carolina

        Presentation of Report

•    Improving Global Market Competitiveness of the Textile Industry Cluster
in South Carolina

Unveiling of SCTextileConnect

Nancy Cassill/Shawn Dunning, NCSU

Textile Organizations in Raleigh, N.C.

Nancy Cassill, NCSU

3:00 p.m.    Break

3:15 p.m.     Introduction of Keynote Speaker

        Bill Barnet, mayor of Spartanburg

        Keynote: The Future of Textiles

        Allen E. Gant Jr., Glen Raven Inc.

3:45 p.m.     Panel Discussion

        Ashley Allen, Milliken & Company

        Gilbert O’Neal, Institute of Textile Technology (ITT)

Abida Siddiqi, The National Association for the Sewn Products Industry, (SEAMS)

Allen Gant, Glen Raven

Dr. Trevor Little, NCSU College of Textiles

Lewis Gossett, South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA), moderator

4:15 p.m.    Open Discussion

4:50 p.m.     Today’s Key Messages and Wrap-Up

5:00 p.m.     Adjourn to Reception

October 28, 2008