Venus Group, Soft-Tex Int’l capture Reshoring Awards
Posted September 20, 2021
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – SEAMS, with strategic partner the Reshoring Initiative® announced winners of the 2021 Sewn Products National Reshoring Awards, during SEAMS’ Annual Networking Conference here on September 17.
Venus Group, based in Foothill Ranch, Calif., with additional cut-and-sew operations in Fort Lawn, S.C., was presented with the Cut & Sew Manufacturers Award. Soft-Tex International, based in Waterford, N.Y., was presented the esteemed Brand Award for its fiber and hybrid pillows, memory foam pillows and mattress topper products.
The winners represent progressive companies focused on the made-in-America movement supporting the economy and bringing production of goods back to the country.
“SEAMS is thrilled to partner on this award and be able to celebrate our winners at our annual conference with their peers and colleagues in attendance after a very difficult year in 2020,” said Will Duncan, executive eirector, SEAMS. “Our membership not only continues to grow but grows stronger. These winners represent all of our members focused on the made-in-America movement with SEAMS.”
Venus Group is a leading manufacturer and supplier of table linens, including napkins and tabletops. Prior to 2015, Venus Group manufactured approximately 864,000 units per month in Mexico and the Dominican Republic and today manufactures 1,000,000 per month in Fort Lawn, S.C., replacing all offshore work and creating 42 jobs in the U.S.
Soft-Tex International went through a large reshoring initiative in 2020 and 2021, moving from China to the U.S. This represented a Gross Merchandise Value of $100 million annually back to the U.S. while creating approximately 100 jobs in its U.S.-based facilities, with plans to expand to 150 jobs. Soft-Tex doubled capacity in its Waterford, N.Y., facility and plans to double capacity at its Sugar Land, Texas, facility as it completes this strategic initiative.
Each Award winner was presented with a certificate and received accolades from SEAMS and the Reshoring Initiative in front of hundreds of SEAMS members in attendance.
“I am excited to deliver to these progressive companies the Sewn Products Reshoring Awards at the SEAMS Fall Conference. These companies are setting a great example for our industry on what’s possible to make in America again,” said Harry Moser, president, the Reshoring Initiative. The dynamic agenda for the conference focused on the made-in-America movement, sustainability & circularity, global sourcing and reshoring benefits for business in the U.S.”
Companies in the sewn products industry are encouraged to compete for the 2022 Award.
The Reshoring Initiative, founded in 2010, helps manufacturers realize that local production, in some cases, reduces their total cost of ownership of purchased products and tooling. The Initiative also trains suppliers how to sell against lower priced offshore competitors.
SEAMS, the Association and Voice of the U.S. Sewn Products Industry for over 50 years, consists of more than 200 of America’s foremost fashion brands, retailers, manufacturers and textile providers. Supercharging the American supply chain, SEAMS is the most relevant force and go-to resource shaping the growth and resurgence of MADE IN AMERICA.
Source: SEAMS and the Reshoring Initiative