Opportunities and challenges for Minnesota sewn product manufacturers

Elizabeth K Bye, Kira Erickson

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Purpose: This study aims to explore domestic sewn product manufacturing in Minnesota. There is a renewed interest from consumers in products Made in America, thus some manufactures are taking advantage of the opportunities to produce locally. Design/methodology/approach: Fourteen companies from across the state that ranged in size and product type were interviewed about the motivations, opportunities and challenges they experience with domestic manufacturing. A content analysis was conducted on the qualitative data. Findings: The themes of personal values and economics emerged under motivations; the local economy, control and uniqueness were revealed as opportunities; and challenges included the themes of manufacturing resources and costs. Originality/value: This group of Minnesota manufacturers holds strong values that drive them to balance the opportunities and challenges of domestic manufacturing. There is no evidence to determine if sustainability is a concern or a motivating factor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-83
Number of pages12
JournalResearch Journal of Textile and Apparel
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 13 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station: Project MIN-53-028.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, 2017, Emerald Publishing Limited.


  • Apparel
  • Domestic manufacturing
  • Minnesota
  • Reshoring
  • Sustainability


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