The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) presented Representative Ron Kind (D-WI-3) with the AAFA Friend of the Apparel and Footwear Industry Award during a reception at the 2014 AAFA Annual Executive Summit.
The annual award is presented on behalf of the AAFA Board of Directors to an individual or an organization that recognizes and promotes the issues of a competitive U.S. apparel and footwear industry that operates in the global market.
"As an industry on the frontlines of globalization, four million U.S. apparel and footwear industry workers count on two-way trade for their jobs," said AAFA Board of Directors Chairman Philip C. Williamson, Chairman, President, and CEO of Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company. "I applaud Representative Kind for his pragmatic leadership in promoting a globally-competitive U.S. apparel and footwear industry."
"Representative Kind continues to be a diligent advocate for Wisconsin businesses and workers competing in the global market," said Timothy F. Scobie, Vice President and General Counsel of Wisconsin-based Mason Companies, Inc. "With more than 95 percent of the world's consumers living outside the United States, we need leaders like Representative Kind who are willing to work across the aisle and with key stakeholders in an effort to open markets for world-famous U.S. name brands while still promoting important U.S. labor and environmental standards."
"As we increasingly rely on global value chains to generate economic growth, there is a need to better understand and anticipate the impact of the global trade framework on growth," said Byron D. Norfleet, President and Chief Operating Officer of Wisconsin-based Jockey International, Inc. "Representative Kind has emerged as an important voice with regard to the impact of trade policy on economic growth, which is the fundamental driver of jobs and opportunity."
As chairman of the New Democratic Caucus, Representative Kind asserts positive leadership in advancing trade issues through the U.S. House of Representatives. He continues to support opportunities to reduce many trade barriers faced by U.S. apparel and footwear workers, and purposefully engages with key stakeholders at home and around the world to ensure essential U.S. values, including strong labor and environmental standards, are upheld in the global marketplace.