Expert Spokespersons Available for Comment During “The Future of US Manufacturing and Opportunities in Los Angeles” Panel

Jun 25, 2013


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 25, 2013

WHAT: Recently, the E.U. announced a tariff hike from 12 percent to 38 percent for some denim products made in the US. As a result, Los Angeles denim manufacturers are faced with a dilemma of going for offshore manufacturing to avoid the tariff or passing the cost onto customers while expecting a shrinking market share.

EXPERT PANEL: On Thursday, June 27, government officials, buyer and supplier representatives, and prominent industry leaders will come together to hold a panel discussion on “The Future of US Manufacturing and Opportunities in Los Angeles.” This panel is co-organized by Tradegood and The Mayor's Office of Economic and Business Policy (OEBP).

EXPERT COMMENT/INTERVIEWS: If you are currently looking for an expert to comment on this subject and as it specifically relates to maintaining a sustainable development of the US manufacturing industry, several experts are available for comment: 


 Kevin Burke, CEO, American Apparel and Footwear Association (Moderator)


 Marty Bailey, CMO, American Apparel


 Deborah Greaves - Secretary & General Counsel, True Religion Apparel, Inc.


 Ilse Metchek, President, California Fashion Association


 Andre Raghu, Chief Strategy Officer, Tradegood


 Tracy Gray, Senior Advisor for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Board Member LARExC


 Carlos Valderama, SVP of Global Initiatives for the LA Chamber and VP of LARExC board of directors


 Libby Williams - Managing Director, Mayor's Office of Economic & Business Policy

INTERVIEW TOPICS/PANEL DISCUSSIONS: All experts are available for interviews on the key topics discussed during the panel. Several interview topics/panel discussions to include:


Impact and options for the local industry with respect to the increased tariffs on denim


How the LA City initiative “Designed/Made In Los Angeles” can help promote “Made in LA” products and benefit both local suppliers and buyers


How Tradegood can help increase export of “Made in US” products and encourage local buying

Interview/ Expert Comment Contact:

To schedule an interview or to speak with one of these experts prior to the panel or during the panel discussion, please contact Cassie Biscanin.

Media contact:

Cassie Biscanin, Intertek Group (Americas) 
Direct: 713.543.3775 
Mobile: 832.316.1948


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