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Federal/Defense Textile Summit Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss (Hickory, NC – April 23-24, 2019)

FEDERAL AND DEFENSE TEXTILE SUMMIT SESSIONS YOU
WON’T WANT TO MISS!
 
The Offices of Senator Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and the North Carolina Military Business Center are pleased to host the Southeast Region Federal and Defense Textile (FeDTex) Summit in April 23-24, 2019 in Hickory, North Carolina. 
 
For full event information or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2019fedtex/.
 
WHEN. April 23 (pre-Summit activities) – April 24 (Summit day), 2019
 
WHERE. Hickory Metro Convention Center
1960 13th Avenue Drive SE
Hickory, NC 28602
 
PRE-SUMMIT ACTIVITIES (APRIL 23).
  • Site Visit: Manufacturing Solutions Center at Catawba Valley Community College. 
  • Welcome Evening Social: Workforce Resource Complex at Catawba Valley Community College. 
 
SUMMIT PARTNERS. 
  • Manufacturing Solutions Center at Catawba Valley Community College
  • North Carolina Textile Technology Center at Gaston College
  • North Carolina State Wilson College of Textiles
  • North Carolina State Industry Expansion Solutions
 
ABOUT THE EVENT. This Summit connects US Department of Defense and federal agency equipment buyers and requirements officials with textile manufacturers, supply chain and research, development, testing and academic resources from across the Southeast U.S. All manufacturers of textile-based military, medical and related soldier systems – and their supply chain partners and R&D resources – should attend this Summit.
 
SESSIONS.
Acquisition, Supply Chain Opportunities and Planned Future Requirements: Clothing, Uniforms, Footwear and Accessories.  Acquisition officials from DoD and federal agencies will discuss current and near-term procurement of uniforms, apparel, footwear, outerwear and accessories, existing contracts and prime contractors/vendors for these items, and acquisition processes utilized by their agencies. Additionally, panelists will discuss future requirements, ongoing product development, testing and evaluation, and design capabilities for uniforms and apparel. Panel members will also discuss budgetary, regulatory, supply chain and other resource challenges, identify their current industry, government and academia partners for ongoing product development and testing, and identify resource, technical and other challenges in the product development process. Interactive discussion with the audience is encouraged. 
  • Co-Moderator: Dan St. Louis, Director, Manufacturing Solutions Center at Catawba Valley Community College
  • Co-Moderator: Sam Buff, Director, Textile Technology Center, Kimbrell Campus, Gaston College
  • Roy Dillard, Deputy Director, Clothing & Textiles, Defense Logistics Agency
  • Captain John Cassani, Deputy Commander, Navy Uniforms, Navy Exchange Service Command
 
Acquisition, Supply Chain Opportunities and Planned Future Requirements:  Individual Tactical and Protective Equipment and Medical and Other Unit Equipment. Acquisition officials from DoD and federal agencies will discuss current and near-term procurement of tactical (non-weapon), protective equipment for the individual soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Coast Guardsman and agency official.  Additionally, acquisition officials will discuss traditional and non-woven textile-based organizational equipment, including service-wide (shelters, parachutes, filtration) and specialized (medical, camouflage) materiel.  Panel members will also highlight existing contracts and prime contractors/vendors for these items, agency acquisition processes and budgetary, regulatory, supply chain and other resource challenges, and will seek input from industry on capacity and methods to meet agency requirements.  Interactive discussion with the audience is encouraged.
  • Co-Moderator: Dan St. Louis, Director, Manufacturing Solutions Center at Catawba Valley Community College
  • Co-Moderator: Sam Buff, Director, Textile Technology Center, Kimbrell Campus, Gaston College
  • Roy Dillard, Deputy Director, Clothing & Textiles, Defense Logistics Agency
  • Nick Pierce, Individual Armor Team Lead, US Marine Corps Systems Command
 
Opportunities and Experience in Doing Business with the Federal Government: The Prime Contractor and Supply Chain Perspectives. Federal agency and Department of Defense prime and subcontractors will discuss their experiences, lessons learned and observations useful to future contractors.  
  • Moderator: Scott Dorney, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Business Center
  • John Oswald, President/CEO, Mills Manufacturing
  • Mark Trexler, General Manager/Owner, Survival Innovations
  • Chuck Covatch, President, McRae Industries
  • Manfred Young, Military Business Manager, Elevate Textiles
 
The Future of Military Textile Technologies: The Military, Industry and Academia Perspective. Representatives from research and development (R&D) organizations of DoD and federal agencies will present their perspective on the future of military textiles, and outline their priorities for future soldier systems, including uniforms, protective and tactical gear and textile-based organizational equipment. Additionally, representatives from industry-leading universities and the Manufacturing Innovation Institute at MIT will discuss the future of textile technologies and the “Art of the Possible” in the next ten to twenty years. Discussion will address, among other topics, the manufacturing-based revolution in transforming traditional fibers, yarns and fabrics into integrated, multi-functional and even networked devices and systems that will enhance lethality and survivability on the future battlefield
  • Moderator: Scott Dorney, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Business Center
  • Molly (Clay) Richards, Research Chemical Engineer, CB Innovative Material and Ensemble Development Team (CBIMED), US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDevCom) – Soldier Center
  • Melynda K. Perry, Textile Chemist, Soldier Protection and Survivability Directorate (SPSD), Textile Materials Evaluation Team (TMET), Combat Capabilities Development Command-Soldier Center (CCDC-Soldier Center)
  • Matt Kolmes, Chief Executive Officer, Supreme Corporation
  • Jordan Schindler, Chief Executive Officer, TexDel
  • Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Associate Dean for Industry Research, and Extension, The College of Textiles and William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials, Executive Director, The Nonwovens Institute
 
Textile Workforce and Talent Pipeline: Resources for Government and Industry. This session will focus on the recruitment, training, employment and retention of a skilled textile workforce. Panel members will also focus on 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.
  • Moderator: Charlene Sumlin-Cross, ApprenticeshipNC Military Consultant, North Carolina Community College System
  • Dr. Mark Story, Chief Executive Officer, K-64
  • Dr. Jon Rust, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Interim Director of Zeis Textiles Extension, North Carolina State University
  • Chris Harrington, Director of Operations, Elastic Therapy 
 
Research, Development, Testing and Professional Education Assets: Resources for Government and Industry. Representatives from university- and community college-based institutions in North Carolina will present their capabilities to support defense and federal agencies and contractors with textile-specific research and development, materials testing, prototyping, product development and improvement and technology transition from industry to federal agencies. Interactive discussion with the audience and federal representatives is encouraged. 
  • Moderator: Denny Lewis, Director, North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH)
  • Dan St. Louis, Director, Manufacturing Solutions Center at Catawba Valley Community College
  • Sam Buff, Director, Textile Technology Center, Kimbrell Campus, Gaston College
  • Dr. Roger Barker, Director, Textile Protection and Comfort Center and Burlington Distinguished Professor, North Carolina State University
  • Tom Daugherty, Deputy Director, The Nonwovens Institute, North Carolina State University
 
Mini-Session On the Expo Floor: Each of these informal mini-sessions will include a discussion of tools and resources available from institutions in North Carolina to help businesses start, grow, and to leverage new markets, and to identify, preposition, compete for and successfully execute federal textile business.  Mini-sessions will be located on the expo-floor in the designated mini-session area.  Sessions will be repeated to provide access to those who are attending sessions.  
  • 1000-1010 and 1350-1400: North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), Denny Lewis and Boyce Haywood
  • 1010-1020 and 1400-1410: North Carolina State University Industrial Extension Service (NCSU-IES)
  • 1100-1110 and 1410-1420: North Carolina Defense Business Association (NCDBA), Tammy Everett
  • 1110-1120 and 1510-1520: Manufacturing Solutions Center at Catawba Valley Community College, Tony Whitener
  • 1120-1130 and 1520-1530: Textile Technology Center at Gaston College, Jasmine Cox
  • 1130-1140 and 1530-1540: North Carolina Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (NCPTAC), Pamela Racer
For full event information or to register, visit: http://www.ncmbc.us/2019fedtex/.




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