PhilaU textile engineer and strategist Mark Sunderland said buying American-made products may not do much to increase U.S. jobs in the fashion-apparel sector, 6ABC reported April 18 at 11 p.m.
“Whatever jobs that left here in 30 or 40 years ago in the textile/apparel industry could come back America. But they’re going to come back as 5 jobs, 10 jobs because we’re advancing the technology in this area as well, so you won’t have as many blue collar workers working on the same fashion apparel items if they came back to the United States,” Sunderland said, addressing President Trump’s executive order issued that day calling for federal agencies to add protections for certain American-made goods.
Sunderland is the Robert J. Reichlin High-Performance Apparel Chair and director of PhilaU’s global fashion enterprise and textile material technology programs.
View the 6ABC clip below.