Representing the cotton warehouse industry since 1937

Our Mission

To unify the cotton warehouse industry through organization and cooperation.

To build a stronger, more efficient industry committed to prompt and reliable service.

To establish an improved liaison between warehousemen and all segments of the raw cotton trade, as well as state and federal agencies.

Our Past

In the 1930's an interior warehouseman and a port warehouseman discussed a shared vision of a unified national organization of cotton compresses and warehouses. Their vision led to an industry meeting in New Orleans on June 23, 1937, in which 38 warehouse owners formed the National Cotton Compress and Cotton Warehouse Association.

After splitting into two organizations (port and interior warehouses) in the early 1960's the two groups realized they had common interests after all. They came back together in 1969 under the name of the Cotton Warehouse Association of America.

Our Present

Today, more than seventy years after its founding, CWAA is continuing to fulfill the vision begun in the 1930's, representing a diverse, but unified, group of warehouses -- independent, gin, merchant, and transit, both in the interior and at the port.

CWAA, in close cooperation with other organizations and segments of the cotton industry, is in the forefront of building a stronger, more efficient warehouse industry.

CWAA plays an active role in developing, testing and implementing innovative solutions to improve the flow of cotton.

CWAA works to improve and enhance bale packaging, handling, storage and movement of cotton through use of improved materials and electronic technology

CWAA has a powerful and respected voice in Washington in former Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, Larry Combest, who serves as Executive Vice President.

Our Future

The cotton business in the U.S. is changing - and this uncertain environment requires dynamic leadership and honest communication. CWAA is actively working to identify issues and needs that present new opportunities and challenges for the warehouse sector and cotton industry generally. Our goal is to create positive change consistent with our mission.

Our Team

The CWAA benefits from the experience and effectiveness of Combest, Sell and Associates led by:

  • Larry Combest, former Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture and principal author of the 2002 Farm Bill.
  • Tom Sell, an attorney and former Deputy Staff Director of the House Agriculture Committee.
  • Jeff Harrison, an attorney, former Counsel to the House Agriculture Committee and former Senate staffer.
  • Jill Whitley, from Lubbock, Texas. 
  • Nolan Smith and Brad Weddelman, two young rising stars on Capitol Hill. 

Cotton Warehouse Association of America
316 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Suite 401
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-5875

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