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Who should attend– All prime textile manufacturers and textile supply chain manufacturers currently producing clothing, footwear, parachutes and textile-based tactical equipment for DoD, and producers of medical, PPE and related soldier systems. Any textile manufacturers that have interest in learning, understanding or possibly entering the DoD/federal marketplace should attend this Summit.  The event is open to all United States and Puerto Rico based textile firms.

May 23-24, 2023

North Carolina State University – McKimmon Conference Center
1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606   (Directions)

The Federal and Defense Textile Summit (FEDTEX), opportunity to connect federal agency clothing and individual equipment buyers with US textile manufacturers, textile supply chain suppliers, cut and sew contractors, research and development (R&D) facilities, testing labs and academic facilitate open communication with DoD and Federal agencies.

FedTex is hosted by the Office of US Senator Thom Tillis, Office of Senator ted Budd, the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) and the North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office (DEFTECH.


May 23, 2023 Tours and Welcome Social

  • You must indicate your participation in the respective tours on your registration in order to participate.
  • Transportation is not provided, you must provide your own transportation to each tour.
  • Parking for both tours and the social are in the same location.  For parking information and passes, click here.

All tour participants should arrive at:
North Carolina State University, Wilson College of Textiles
1020 Main Campus Drive
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606

Tour times:

  • Two tour options will be provided, to participate in both tours, arrive at 2:15 pm.
  • The first group of tours will start at 2:15 and run to 3:30.
  • The second group of tours will start at 3:30 and end at 5:00.
  • Tours will end at the Wilson College of Textiles Atrium, location for the Welcome Social that begins at 5:00 pm.

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Tour and Briefs: NC State University, The Nonwovens Institute Tour, The Center for Technology & Innovation (CTI) 
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tour and Briefs: NC State University, Wilson College of Textiles Tour; Textile Protection and Comfort Center; and ASSIST Center
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Evening Welcome Social, NC State University, Wilson College of Textiles 1020 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606 

May 24, 2023 Summit Conference Sessions

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Orientation: Scott Dorney, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Business Center Morning Keynote Remarks: Colonel Matthew T. Harnly, Director, Defense Logistics Agency, Clothing & Textiles

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:35 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Networking and Tradeshow

8:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Dialogue, Military and Industry: The Future of Textile Technologies, Innovation and New Product Development Mini-Brief by Technology Innovators

10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Military Service Dialogue with Industry: US Army / PEO Soldier & Special Operations
DLA Commodity Focus: Dress Clothing, Combat Clothing & Accessories Virtual Remote Demonstration

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Dialogue, Workforce, Inflation, Supply Chain and Other Market Forces Impacting Acquisition and Delivery of Clothing, Textiles and Tactical Equipment to the Military

12:00 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.
Lunch Remarks: Brigadier General David Walsh, Commander, Marine Corps Systems Command Scott L. Baier, Professor and Department Chair, The John E. Walker Department of Economics, Clemson University Mini-Brief by Technology Innovators

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Military Service Dialogue with Industry: US Air Force & US Space Force
DLA Commodity Focus: Individual Equipment, Safety, Tentage, Shelters and Environmental Clothing

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Military Service Dialogue with Industry: US Navy & US Marine Corps 
DLA Commodity Focus: Special Purpose (including Flight and Shipboard) Clothing and Footwear

Keynote and General Session Speakers’ Biographies are available online at

The Defense Industry Initiatives team at NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions is proud to sponsor this important annual event. Other sponsors include: Reception sponsor, Burlington; Silver sponsors, Murdock Webbing Company, Inc., MMI Textiles; Bronze sponsor, Kuraray America, Inc.- Vectran™ Fiber Division; Small Business sponsors, Alvanon, Apex Mills, Draper Knitting Company, Government Contracting Assistance Program, LEGEND® Compression Tactical, Seraphina Safety Apparel & Mfg, and XGO.


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