Government statistics show that in major textile producing states, one textile job supports three additional jobs in a community. This is because a single textile product requires inputs from many sources in order to be produced.
The supply chain includes the raw material (the cotton grower or fiber producer), the yarn, the fabric and processes to dye, print and finish the final product. And beyond the immediate textile sector, textile jobs support other jobs in the chemical, energy, shipping, rail, banking, water, and energy production sectors.
A textile plant is often the single largest user of electricity in a community as well as a significant source of property tax revenue. A textile plant’s payroll is also often the largest of any employer’s in many small towns and its workers support restaurants, banks, insurance companies, grocery and retail stores, churches and other non-profit organizations, and many other local entities.
Select Components of Textile Industry Supply Chain
- Cotton Growers, Ginners, Warehousing, and Cotton Shipping
- Manmade Fiber Producers
- Yarn Spinners and Extruders
- Knitters and Weavers
- Dyeing and Finishing
- Fabric, Apparel, and Furniture Designers
- Cutting and Sewing
- Banking and Insurance
- Machinery, Parts, and Service
- Water and Energy Providers
- Retail and Merchandizing