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Amy Bircher appointed to advisory committee by President Biden

ATA News, Industry News, News, People | February 26, 2024 | By:

Amy Bircher at IFAI Expo 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint nine individuals as members of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, including former Advanced Textiles Association chairman Amy Bircher.

The advisory committee provides overall policy advice to the U.S. Trade Representative on matters in connection with the development, implementation and administration of the trade policy of the U.S., including negotiating objectives and bargaining positions before entering into trade agreements, the impact of the implementation of the trade agreements and matters concerning the operation of any trade agreement once entered into, among others. The committee includes up to 45 members recommended by the U.S. Trade Representative who are appointed by the President and have expertise in general trade, investment and development issues, including representatives of non-federal governments, labor, industry, agriculture, small business, service industries, retailers, nongovernmental environmental and conservation organizations and consumer interests.

As CEO and founder of MMI Textiles Inc., Amy Bircher leads her team in sales and product development. She is the immediate past chairman of the Advanced Textiles Association. In 2016, Bircher invented and filed a design and utility patent for the creation of CTEdge, a concealed edge technology used in webbing and tape within the military and law enforcement markets. She recently opened her own narrow weaving facility in Lenoir, N.C., to produce her patented webbing product and other military spec webbing to support the needs of U.S. military and tactical markets. Bircher has over 40 years of experience in the U.S. textile industry and supplies her products all over the world. Since founding MMI Textiles, she has acquired three other textile businesses.

Bircher received a B.S. in textiles and clothing from West Virginia University (WVU). She shares what she knows with others as part of the visiting committee at WVU. Most recently, she pledged $200,000 to her alma mater for the development of a new textile lab, which opened on April 17, 2021, and is named the Amy A. Bircher Textile Laboratory.

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