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U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce to Visit NC State Textiles Labs

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez will visit North Carolina State University on Wednesday, Jan. 25, as part of a trip to meet with N.C. business and textile manufacturing leaders.

Sánchez will tour NC State’s Nonwovens Institute Partners Lab, which aims to transform research and development in air, blood and water filtration and demonstrates the university’s partnerships with leading companies across the globe. The tour – the first time that the filtration lab will be available for public viewing – begins at 2 p.m. in the Partners I building on NC State’s Centennial Campus. Sánchez will be available to speak with media after the tour.

He will also tour the Textile Protection and Comfort Center in the College of Textiles building and see the “Pyroman” mannequin that tests, under fire, protective garments for firefighters and first responders. That tour begins at about 2:25 p.m.

Sánchez will then speak to students, faculty and industry partners about the importance of advanced manufacturing in growing U.S. jobs and exports at 3 p.m. in the College of Textiles Convocation Center. He will be joined by NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson.

Media coverage is invited for both of the lab tours and the under secretary’s remarks. Contact Mick Kulikowski at 919/515-8387 for parking information.

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