David Roberts (R) of Cap Yarns was elected chairman of NCTO, succeeding Leib Oehmig (L) of Glen Raven. Photo by Devin Steele©

NCTO elects Cap Yarns’ Roberts chairman, other board members

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David Poston of Palmetto Synthetics was elected NCTO vice chairman.

Photo by Devin Steele©

Posted June 16, 2020


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished sewn products, held its officer elections for fiscal year 2020 today.


In addition to the appointment of a new chairman and vice chairman, NCTO elected chairs for each of its four councils. NCTO is comprised of four councils to ensure a broad representation of the industry supply chain. Each council has an allotted number of members who are elected to the association’s Board of Directors, in addition to the Executive Committee.


“I am pleased to announce our new officers, council chairs, and board and executive committee members for NCTO’s 2020 fiscal year,” said NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas. “David Roberts (CEO of Cap Yarns) has been elected our new chairman and succeeds Leib Oehmig (CEO of Glen Raven Inc.), who did an outstanding job serving in the role for more than a year.


“This is a critical juncture for our industry as we continue to navigate through an uncertain business environment this year,” she continued. “I could not be prouder of our industry, which has stepped up and retooled to produce critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic. With the support of our newly elected officers, NCTO will continue to work on behalf of its members to shape policies that will help our industry persevere and thrive. Through a dedicated association staff and a committed group of industry leaders, we will ensure that together we continue to have a seat at the table in Washington.”


Elected as NCTO chairman and vice chairman for 2020 are:



David Roberts, CEO of Cap Yarns, Inc.

Roberts is CEO of Cap Yarns, Inc., based in Clover, S.C. Cap Yarns is a specialty yarn manufacturer and a leader in developing unique yarns for the knitting and weaving industry.


Vice Chairman

David Poston, president of Palmetto Synthetics LLC

Poston is President of Palmetto Synthetics, based in Kingstree, S.C. Palmetto Synthetics is a leading specialty synthetic fiber producer that has provided specialty thermoplastic fibers to companies across the globe.


Elected to the NCTO Board of Directors during the various Council meetings are the following:


Fiber Council

  • Lowell Bivens of PHP Fibers;

  • John Freeman of Nan Ya Plastics America;

  • Chuck Hall of William Barnet & Son;

  • Rich Lemerise of The LYCRA Company;

  • Alejandro Sanchez of DAK Americas; and

  • Chip Stein of Stein Fibers


Yarn Council

  • Jim Booterbaugh of National Spinning Co.;

  • Tom Caudle of Unifi;

  • Charles Heilig of Parkdale Mills;

  • Peter Iliopoulos of Gildan;

  • Marty Moran of Buhler Quality Yarns Corporation; and

  • Allen Smith of American & Efird


Fabric and Home Furnishings Council

  • Norman Chapman of Inman Mills;

  • Kathie Leonard of Auburn Manufacturing;

  • Chad McAllister of Milliken & Company;

  • Leib Oehmig of Glen Raven, Inc.;

  • Dirk Pieper of Sage Automotive Interiors; and

  • Mike Shelton of Valdese Weavers


Industry Support Council

  • Cyril Guerin of Picanol;

  • Ian Mills of Fi-Tech; and

  • Gary Romanstine of Marzoli


Elected by their respective Councils to serve on the Executive Committee:

  • Lowell Bivens of PHP Fibers;

  • John Freeman of Nan Ya;

  • Tom Caudle of Unifi;

  • Peter Iliopoulos of Gildan;

  • Norman Chapman of Inman Mills;

  • Leib Oehmig of Glen Raven Inc.; and

  • Ian Mills of Fi-Tech


Elected to chair the Councils:

  • Fiber Council: David Poston of Palmetto Synthetics

  • Yarn Council: Marty Moran of Buhler Quality Yarns Corporation 

  • Fabric and Home Furnishings Council: Leib Oehmig of Glen Raven, Inc.

  • Industry Support Council: Ian Mills of Fi-Tech

NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, including artificial and synthetic filament and fiber producers. Some superlatives of the U.S. textile industry:


  • U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 585,240 in 2019.

  • The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $75.8 billion in 2019.

  • U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $29.1 billion in 2019.

  • Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totaled $2.5 billion in 2018, the last year for which data is available.


Source: NCTO

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