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MOUNT VERNON

Firm to acquire Wade Mfg.’s spinning, weaving facility

(Posted January 20, 2021)

TRADE

NCTO supports Blumenauer bill that would bolster import laws

(Posted January 20, 2021)

PARTNERSHIP

Henderson Sewing Machine, Twine Solutions to collaborate

(Posted January 20, 2021)

GROWING

Allegiance Flag Supply to invest $1.2 for expansion in S. Carolina

(Posted January 20, 2021)

BIOTECHNOLOGY

MycoWorks investing $107M to open operations in S.C.

(Posted January 20, 2021)

STA

Winter Seminar set for on February 16 at the TTC

(Posted January 19, 2021)

AATCC

Fluorescence & High Visibility online event set for February

(Posted January 19, 2021)

SHIMA SEIKI

Online store for APEXFiz™ subscriptions opens

(Posted January 20, 2021)

ERP

Gehring Tricot Corp. selects solutions from Datatex

(Posted January 19, 2021)

FINISHING

Monforts’ installs cost-saving stenter at Albarrie in Canada

(Posted January 20, 2021)

ITMA 2023

CEMATEX launches initiative to support entrepreneurship

(Posted January 20, 2021)

CIRCULARITY

Eastman to invest up to $1B in plastics recycling facility

(Posted January 20, 2021)

RESPONSIBILITY

Gildan reveals Next Generation ESG strategy

(Posted January 19, 2021)

CARE PROGRAM

Standard Textile hits milestone in combating homelessness

(Posted January 19, 2021)

PEOPLE

National Safety Apparel names Gojdics SVP of Industrial Sales

(Posted January 19, 2021)

EMBROIDERY

Coloreel closes deal with ZSK Machines in U.S.

(Posted January 19, 2021)

DENIM

Archroma, Jeanologia launch eco-conscious cleaning process

(Posted January 20, 2021)

COTTON

U.S. crop gets favorable look by Indian textile spinners

(Posted January 20, 2021)

KARL MAYER

Denim drying unit reaches milestone for cylinder production

(Posted January 20, 2021)

ITMF

Deadline extended for conference awards to April 30

(Posted January 20, 2021)

MILKWEED FIBER

Vegeto launches eco-friendly insulation material

(Posted January 20, 2021)

GROWTH IN U.S.

Fiber Industries to invest $30M, expand operations in S. Carolina

(Posted January 13, 2021)

TEXTILE CENTER

Murata donates Vortex yarn production machine to center

(Posted January 11, 2021)

CULP

Performance fabric now covers seats at UNC’s Dean Dome

(Posted January 11, 2021)

CONE DENIM

Responsible sourcing commitment reaffirmed through Oritain

(Posted January 11, 2021)

AATCC

New officers welcomed, seeks committees chairpersons

(Posted January 13, 2021)

ACQUISITION

Bast Fibre Tech to buy N.C.-based Cellulose LLC

(Posted January 13, 2021)

TESTING

Hohenstein partners with Texbase on Lab Connect

(Posted January 13, 2021)

COOL TECH

HeiQ launches dual action textile cooling technology

(Posted January 13, 2021)

OEKO-TEX®

Global textile industry climate action supported

(Posted January 13, 2021)

ACQUISITION

National Safety Apparel buys cut-and-sew provider King Louie

(Posted January 6, 2021)

HUNTSMAN

Company exploring sale of Textile Effects Division

(Posted January 6, 2021)

SCMA HONOR

Roger Milliken Defender Awards Dinner moved to March 31

(Updated January 5, 2021)

FABRICS

Sorona® unveils global preferred mill network

(Posted January 6, 2021)

BALLY RIBBON

Constructions of woven narrow fabrics explored

(Posted January 6, 2021)

AATCC

Datacolor donates instrument to technical laboratory

(Posted January 6, 2021)

Research committee on test methods reorganized

(Posted January 6, 2021)

Foundation scholarship, fellowship applications now open

(Posted January 6, 2021)

Manual of Test Methods and Procedures now available

(Posted January 6, 2021)

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United Sewing Automation altered start-up plans to answer PPE call

As long as COVID-19 variants continue to progress through the Greek alphabet, there will be a continued critical need for effective protective masks. One fledgling North Carolina firm has been producing disposable PPE masks for healthcare providers and the general public since the early months of the pandemic.

 

Mount Airy-based United Sewing Automation’s (USA) original plan was to produce apparel. That scheme changed quickly when a fire destroyed a building the company was renovating for a production facility.

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LOOKING UP

Many companies report growth, even as pandemic, labor, supply chain issues rage

A number of textile and apparel producers and their suppliers responding to our survey reported a good to strong 2022, while others described business levels as average or moderate as the COVID-19 pandemic raged on and labor shortages, inflation and other issues continued to stifle growth. Numerous challenges will continue this year, but reshoring, nearshoring and back-shoring are becoming viable options as supply chain issues shine a bright light on America’s massive import levels and the problems they produce, some respondents noted. Read their reports.

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1941-2022

GEORGE ‘TERRIFIC’

Ageless giant, gentleman, gem – George Abbott left indelible mark on industry, friends

George Abbott, a friend to many who spent 54 years in the textile industry before his retirement in 2018, died unexpectedly on Monday, January 3.

 

Abbott, whose passion for the industry and the Southern Textile Association is unmatched, made a lasting impact on those who knew him. To Abbott, every day was a full day – full of positivity, fervor and adventure. If you asked him how he was doing, he answered only one way – regardless the kind of day he may be having. “I’m terrific!” he would answer … every single time.

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GEORGE ON OUR MIND

Remembering ‘Mr. STA’ and many special moments

Based on the sentiments of support, condolences and memories that have poured in since George Abbott’s unexpected passing on January 3, you understand how much he was well liked, respected and loved.

 

Anyone who knew him has enjoyed many special moments with George.

 

Those who shared their thoughts about him on this page are spot on in their remembrances of this legend of the textile industry and the Southern Textile Association (STA). I’d like to call out a submission from Past STA President Todd Wemyss of Glen Raven, Inc. that succinctly describes him: “He impacted us all from the moment we met him until the last time we saw him – with exuberance.” (Read tribute page.)

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Spanish textile OEM suppliers offer innovative, customization solutions

eTC recently caught up with our industry partner in Spain, amec amtex, the Spanish Textile Technology organization whose members comprise manufacturers of textile and garment-making machinery in the country. Following is a Q&A with Alejandro Gallego, the group’s business unit director, Industrial and Textile Technology, who extols the virtues of the Spanish sector, its relationship with U.S. companies, its progression through COVID-19 and more.

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