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Reopening NAFTA could devastate apparel industry, says Winnipeg manufacturer

Published by CME Manitoba on October 30, 2017

This article originally appeared on on October 29, 2017

A Winnipeg-based garment manufacturer who saw his Canadian workforce shrink from 1,200 to 100 after the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect says the best the country's apparel sector can hope for out of the renegotiated agreement is to keep the status quo — and anything less could be devastating to the industry.

Bob Silver, president of Western Glove Works — the parent company for Silver and Jag Jeans — says the terms of the first NAFTA agreement meant he could no longer stay competitive making jeans and other apparel in Canada. So most of its manufacturing was shipped to countries like China, Bangladesh, and Cambodia.

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