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OBITUARY

Tommy Ariail left positive impact on U.S. textile industry, STA

(Posted July 28, 2021)

INVESTMENT

Glen Raven to invest $250M for capacity expansion

(Posted July 28, 2021)

SHAWMUT

Company unveils renovated state-of-the-art Technical Center

(Posted July 28, 2021)

BEDDING PLANT

Soft-Tex International to open manufacturing facility in Texas

(Posted July 28, 2021)

FABRIC SUPPLIER

Focus Sales & Marketing Group expands into converting in S.C.

(Posted July 28, 2021)

NCTO

Council applauds White House buy American proposals

(Posted July 28, 2021)

OEM PARTNERS

Navis TubeTex, Thies announce sales distribution agreement

(Posted July 28, 2021)

SPESA

10th Advancements Conference to co-locate with #TTNA21

(Posted July 29, 2021)

UNIFI

REPREVE® verified to greatly reduce environmental impact

(Posted July 28, 2021)

TTNA21

Stäubli to highlight weaving solutions at Raleigh show

(Posted July 28, 2021)

Baldwin to introduce spray system to U.S. textile sector

(Posted July 28, 2021)

INDA

Registration now open for virtual RISE® Conference

(Posted July 28, 2021)

RECYCLING

Accelerating Circularity releases scale report, seeks trial partners

(Posted July 29, 2021)

NCCU

Textiles/Apparel Program secures $100K grant from GAP

(Posted July 29, 2021)

TEXAS TECH

Professor researches effectiveness of face masks

(Posted July 29, 2021)

AAFA

U.S. urged to increase vaccine distribution to country partners

(Posted July 29, 2021)

PEOPLE

Renfro appoints Langlais chief marketing officer

(Posted July 29, 2021)

X-Rite names Textile & Apparel business development manager

(Posted July 29, 2021)

INDA

WOW® Conference attracts 475 professionals to in-person event

(Posted July 19, 2021)

EFI

Podcast to tackle trends, workflow, printing opportunities

(Posted July 19, 2021)

GROWING

Eastman Machine breaks ground on expansion of headquarters

(Posted July 15, 2021)

HURRAY FOR …

Milliken, Polartec sponsoring re-release of Everest documentary

(Posted July 15, 2021)

HONOR

Manufacturing Institute recognizes Gabrielle Ferrara for excellence

(Posted July 15, 2021)

DONE DEAL

Herman Miller, Knoll shareholders approve merger-related proposals

(Posted July 15, 2021)

AAFA

Federal support urged to end global shipping crisis

(Posted July 15, 2021)

PARTNERS

HeiQ, LYCRA Co. to collaborate on high-tech, sustainable textiles

(Posted July 15, 2021)

TTNA PREVIEW

Stäubli to showcase range of solutions for weavers

(Posted July 15, 2021)

MILESTONE

Fruit of the Loom® celebrates 170 years with brand campaign

(Posted July 15, 2021)

SPINNING

Trützschler: Pre-cleaner boosts productivity, uses less energy

(Posted July 15, 2021)

KNITTING

KARL MAYER: 4D-KNIT redefines spacer fabrics

(Posted July 15, 2021)

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Carpenter prepped for rare second term as president of STA

The 113-year-old Southern Textile Association (STA) cancelled its in-person annual meeting in June, and is holding its Board of Governors’ meeting in person this week. At that time, the board will elect new officers and governors, as well as handle other business. Rick Carpenter, sales manager at Conitex Sonoco USA, Gastonia, N.C., has served as STA president over the last year and is expected to be elected for a second term. In advance of the meeting, eTC Publisher Devin Steele posed the following questions to Carpenter.

TSG Finishing President Michael Goldman (R) discusses issues with U.S. House Rep. Patrick McHenry at the company's Synthetics Plant. Photo courtesy Hickory Daily Record

TSG Finishing President Michael Goldman (L) gives U.S. House Rep. Patrick McHenry at plant tour at the company's Synthetics Plant. Photo courtesy Hickory Daily Record

TSG Finishing President Michael Goldman (R) discusses issues with U.S. House Rep. Patrick McHenry at the company's Synthetics Plant. Photo courtesy Hickory Daily Record

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Rep. McHenry meets with TSG Finishing official to discuss labor, PFAS issue

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) met with TSG Finishing LLC President Michael Goldman on July 8 at the company’s Synthetics Plant in Hickory, N.C., to discuss the lingering labor shortage challenge and other areas of concern.

 

While having the ear of the congressman to address one of the company’s biggest issues – employee recruiting and retention – Goldman also brought up other legislative matters that would affect the U.S. and N.C. textile industry. Specifically, he provided an awareness overview of proposed chemical legislation in the U.S. House and a proposed energy bill in the N.C. Legislature.

 

And having Rep. McHenry’s undivided attention for an hour could have a meaningful impact going forward, Goldman said.

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MIDYEAR REPORT

Industry leaders divulge plans for balance of year, review lessons learned

With things beginning to reopen as the long pandemic wanes, the textile industry is beginning to stir, and is setting its sights on the second half of the year.

 

Among in-person events on the near horizon are INDA’s World of Wipes Conference in Atlanta next week, Sourcing at MAGIC in Las Vegas in August, Outdoor Retailer in Denver in August and Techtextil North America in Raleigh, N.C., in August and SEAMS’ Fall Networking – and numerous other conferences kick off in September.

 

As such, several industry representatives who responded to our request provided information about their plans for the balance of the year, where their businesses stand at the halfway point of 2021, some of the changes and challenges they faced during the pandemic, some of the lessons learned and prospects for U.S.-made Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) mandates. Read a wrap-up of their reports.

Dan Nation, director of Government Affairs at yarn spinner Parkdale (Photo © Devin Steele)

Jim Booterbaugh, president & CEO of National Spinning Co. (Photo © Devin Steele)

Reporters covering the press conference at the N.C. Legislature (Photo © Devin Steele)

Dan Nation, director of Government Affairs at yarn spinner Parkdale (Photo © Devin Steele)

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N.C. textile execs mobilize, sound alarm on energy bill

Executives of textiles companies representing well over 500 years of collective history in North Carolina mobilized in front of the N.C. Legislature in Raleigh, N.C., on June 28 to rally against proposed energy legislation in the state’s General Assembly.

 

These leaders say House Bill 951, currently under strong consideration by the Republican Caucus for a vote to advance to the House floor, would result in much higher energy costs and harm business and electricity customers.

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