Next Level Apparel Teams Up with GK Global

Through the partnership, GK Global will provide Next Level with nearshore fabric

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Next Level Apparel (NLA), a manufacturer and supplier of blank apparel, announces a strategic partnership with GK Global (GK), a diversified global textiles company, to provide nearshore fabric.

According to NLA, the partnership with GK is its latest step toward 100% U.S. grown cotton for its entire apparel line.

“There are many benefits of this partnership with GK, including shorter lead times and reduced exposure to geopolitical risks,” says NLA CEO Randy Hales. “Bringing our fabric production closer to home allows us to have complete supply chain transparency, including upstream traceability to the cotton.”

GK’s textile operations were established in Central America and Mexico more than three decades ago. At that time, the company was one of the first foreign textile investors in Honduras, and since then established production covering all facets of the textile supply chain, including sustainable fibers, yarns, fabrics, and garment manufacturing.

“In 2022, GK invested more than $236 million aimed at expanding our operations and allowing us to bring the full strength of our global supply chain to our relationship with NLA,” states GK Chairman Yusuf Amdani. “We are proud to partner with the leading printwear brand and to grow together.”

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Marie Fennema is the managing editor of GRAPHICS PRO, including GRAPHICS PRO Today, covering news and guidance in apparel decoration, awards and engraving, and sign and digital printing.

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