Southeast Federal & Defense Textile Summit set for May

Posted April 29, 2021


The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) will host its second Southeast Region Federal and Defense Textile (FEDTex) Summit online May 18-20, the Offices of U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis announced.


This summit connects U.S. Department of Defense clothing and individual equipment buyers and requirements officials with textile manufacturers, supply chain, research and development, testing, workforce development and academic resources from across the Southeast United States.


All manufacturers of textile-based clothing, footwear, equipment and soldier systems – and their supply chain, workforce and R&D resources – should attend this event.


Registration is now open. There is no fee to attend the summit. However, registration is required in order to receive the platform credentials. Register here.


Among sessions will be “Textile Workforce and Talent Pipeline: Resources for Government and Industry” that will focus on recruitment, training, employment and retention of a skilled textile workforce. Panel members will also highlight specific resources, programs and initiatives in K-12, Community College and UNC Systems, as well as textile-focused apprenticeships, internships and other sources of talent – including the transitioning military workforce.


Speakers include:

  • Sam Buff, Manufacturing & Textile Innovation Network, Gaston College & Catawba Valley Community College

  • Jasmine Cox, Textile Technology Center, Gaston College

  • Melissa Sharp, North Carolina State University, Wilson College of Textiles 

  • Becky Lewis, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America

  • Jim Bryan, Fairystone Fabrics

  • Sara Krasley, Shimmy Technologies

  • Chris Harrington, Elastic Technologies


Another session will focus on “Finding Prime and Subcontract Opportunities Utilizing SAM.gov, DLA DIBBS, DLA Website, MatchForce.org, NCMBC.us and other resources.” Presenters will discuss how to establish and run agency- and NAICS-focused searches on SAM.gov and the DLA DIBBS system in order to identify contract opportunities. They will also discuss DLA forecast resources, the NCMBC.us textile industry page and future opportunity database, and the advantages of MatchForce.org, which automatically matches opportunities from SAM.gov to registered businesses and notifies them of matched opportunities.


Additionally, presenters will discuss how to identify end item prime contractors and supply chain sources, using online resources, including SAM.gov (formerly FPDS) and DLA DIBBS.


Speakers include:


  • Mark Mills, North Carolina Military Business Center

  • Tim Malone, North Carolina Military Business Center

  • KeAnne Hoeg, North Carolina State University, Industry Expansion Solutions | North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership

  • Devin Steele, eTextileCommunications.com


Brigadier General Gavin A. Lawrence, Commander, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support, has been invited to present the keynote address.


Summit partners include eTextileCommunications.com, the Textile Technology Center at Gaston College and the Manufacturing Solutions Center at Catawba Valley Community College.


The NCMBC is a business development and technology transition organization, headquartered at and supported by Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) and serving at community colleges statewide. The mission of the NCMBC is to leverage military and other federal business opportunities to expand the economy, grow jobs and improve quality of life in North Carolina.


The NCMBC’s primary goal is to increase federal revenues for businesses in North Carolina. The Department of Defense has an annual impact of $66 billion and is the second largest sector of North Carolina’s economy (12% GDP). With six major military bases, over 100 National Guard and Reserve component facilities and the third highest number of uniformed military personnel in the country, the State of North Carolina created the NCMBC to leverage opportunities with these installations, DoD commands and federal agencies operating worldwide. Supported businesses have won at least 3,772 contracts with a minimum value of $14.8 billion.


Source: NCMBC

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