The Rag Trade Isn't All Sweatshops
Your article "Look who's sweating now" (The Workplace, Oct. 16) was an interesting and troubling account of the role of the modern sweatshop in the U.S. apparel-manufacturing industry. Unfortunately, it would lead an uninformed reader to assume that sweatshops are the normal method of doing business in this country. Your story fails to mention that the textile and apparel industry is concentrated not in Los Angeles or New York but in the Southeast, where hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested over the past decade to keep pace with international competition and major changes in the retail clothing business. My company is part of a vertically integrated, multinational manufacturing organization that employs thousands of people, none of whom work under the conditions described in the article.
Paul J. Todd
Department Manager, Cutting
Cross Creek Apparel Inc.
Mt. Airy, N.C.