American textile companies, known for their work on paper and cotton, are the top-ranked textile suppliers in the US, according to new research from the Brookings Institution.
The textile companies in the top 10 were mostly textile-related, such as American Apparel, which makes T-shirts and other apparel.
The top five textile companies were also in the bottom 10 in terms of overall textile sales, and were mostly comprised of smaller companies that manufacture apparel and accessories for smaller businesses.
But the biggest losers in the Brookings study were textile manufacturers that make fabrics for clothing and apparel for home furnishings.
For instance, American Applesworth, a manufacturer of shirts and other home furnishies, is ranked #12 in the overall rankings, but only has 3.8 percent of its overall textile production.
The textile companies at the top in the analysis were also the largest textile manufacturers in the country, with $1.6 trillion in global sales last year.
American Applesowns textile production was the third-largest in the world, behind China and Brazil, according the Brookings report.
“While the textile industry is a major source of revenue for the US economy, it also represents an important part of the overall US economy,” the report reads.
However, the Brookings analysis also finds that textile manufacturers were among the top ten textile suppliers to the country in terms in the terms of the value of their exports.
The company American Appliesowns accounted for nearly half of all textile exports in the United States last year, according data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
American Appearsowns, which employs more than 15,000 people, is based in Wilmington, North Carolina, and the company has a large and growing customer base.
In 2013, the company had an estimated value of $1 billion.
This isn’t the first time that the textile companies have come under fire for their failure to keep up with demand.
In December, the textile company Pabst Blue Ribbon was forced to pull its entire clothing line after its customers turned to Amazon to shop for their products.
While Pabsss cotton clothing is made in India, the supplier of the cotton used to make the apparel, Diamino, was a US company, and therefore, Pabsts textile business was subject to higher tariffs, according CNN Money.
The report also notes that the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy all ranked in the same top ten of textile suppliers.