The Offices of U.,S. Senator Thom Tillis and U.S. Senator Ted Budd, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) and the North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH) will host the Federal and Defense Textile (FEDTEX) Summit, May 23-24 at North Carolina State University.

FEDTEX connects the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and federal agency clothing and tactical equipment buyers with textile manufacturers, textile supply chain businesses, research and development (R&D) facilities, testing labs and academic resources.

All textile end-item and supply chain manufacturers currently producing clothing, footwear, parachutes and textile-based tactical equipment for DoD, and producers of medical, PPE and related soldier systems, as well as any textile manufacturers that have interest in learning, understanding or possibly entering the DoD/federal marketplace should attend this Summit. The event is open to all textile industry and supporting businesses and institutions.

“FEDTEX is undoubtedly the most significant industry event for businesses and academia engaged in research, development, design, production, delivery and/or testing of textile-based products and components for DoD,” said Scott Dorney, NCMBC executive director. “With representatives from the Defense Logistics Agency, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Space Force and other commands participating, FEDTEX offers a unique opportunity for all elements of the textile ecosystem to showcase their capabilities to DoD – the largest buyer of US-made textiles in America.”

FEDTEX 23 objectives:

  • Engage with existing prime contractors and attract capable businesses to prime in the federal and defense clothing, textiles, and tactical equipment marketplace.
  • Engage existing textile supply chain suppliers, attract other capable businesses into the federal supply chain, and connect these component suppliers with federal prime contractors.
  • Inform the industrial and academic R&D ecosystem about desired future military technology requirements, and likewise inform DoD agencies about emerging and future textile innovations.
  • Establish a productive and DIRECT dialogue between businesses, government, and academia around critical warfighter issues in the defense textile marketplace - including workforce, supply chain, inflation challenges, and barriers to entry.

FEDTEX activities:

Day one of FEDTEX (23 May) will include tours of the Wilson College of Textiles, the Nonwoven Institute, the Zeis Textile Extension, the Textile Protection and Comfort Center and the ASSIST Center labs at NC State University Centennial Campus. Full tour information is at:

Following the tours, a welcome social sponsored by Burlington at the Wilson College of Textiles will provide networking opportunities.

Day two of FEDTEX (24 May) at the NC State McKimmon Center will feature numerous general and concurrent sessions and morning and lunch keynote speakers, including:

  • Brigadier General David Walsh, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command
  • Colonel Matthew T. Harnly, Director, Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Clothing & Textiles
  • Scott L. Baier, Professor and Department Chair, The John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University

Topics of discussion:

  • Dialogue, Military and Industry: The Future of Textile Technologies, Innovation and New Product Development
  • Dialogue, Military and Industry: Workforce, Inflation, Supply Chain and other Market Forces Impacting Acquisition and Delivery of Clothing, Textiles and Tactical Equipment to the Military
  • Military Service Dialogue with Industry: U.S. Army, PEO Soldier & Special Operations, U.S. Navy & U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force & U.S. Space Force
  • DLA Commodity Focus sessions: Dress & Combat Clothing, Accessories; Individual Equipment, Safety, Tentage, Shelters and Environmental Clothing; Chemical and Special Purpose Clothing, Gloves and Wet Weather Gear and Footwear

For more information on FEDTEX, click here or contact Courtney Smedick.

Source: NCMBC

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