U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) and U.S. Rep Brad Miller (D-NC) visited the facilities of Greensboro-based yarn maker Unifi as part of the “Hill to the Mill” campaign designed to give lawmakers a better understanding of innovation and investments in textile manufacturing.
Burr toured Unifi’s (NYSE:UFI) Repreve Recycling Center in Yadkin County while Miller visited the company’s Madison plant in Rockingham County.
“We were honored to have Senator Burr and Congressman Miller visit our plants and see the investments we are making in new products and technology in an effort to support U.S. textile jobs,” said Tom Caudle, Unifi’s vice president of manufacturing, in a statement. “We thank them both for taking time to discuss the state of our business and our concerns about pending legislation."
Unifi provided Congressman Miller with a petition signed by 1,305 textile workers that opposes a pending Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement that is expected to be introduced in early September. It is feared that the agreement will result in the loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S.