USA Loves Manufacturing founder Philyaw tours Kamber Narrow Fabric Machinery

Posted October 28, 2020


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kamber Narrow Fabric Machinery on October 21 welcomed Gretchen Philyaw, founder of USA Loves Manufacturing, for a tour of its facility here.


Philyaw said she had never seen a narrow fabric machinery operation before and was “amazed” to learn the scope of what these machines can produce. Kamber showed her its museum with looms that are well over 100 years old as well as demonstrated how and why the company is the world leader in not just reselling used textile equipment but refurbishing it. 


Philyaw added that she was impressed by Kamber’s focus on Lean Manufacturing processes, which she has witnessed at such manufacturing facilities as those operated by Mercedes, Hyundai and SpaceX.


“I am always thrilled to be able to learn more about the manufacturing industry and Lean practices,” said Philyaw, who also serves as president of Magenta Technologies, LLC. “Kamber Narrow Fabric Machinery is one of the best examples in my opinion of Lean. I believe implementing sustainability, value and innovation are crucial to the USA staying at the forefront of manufacturing.”


She added: “Companies and teams like those at Kamber Narrow Fabric Machinery show that adopting these practices create success. I am very much looking forward to continuing to learn more about the textile industry and helping this sector grow in the U.S. Thanks again for the wonderful visit!”


Kamber management said they were able to learn more about USA Loves Manufacturing, a group created to help promote and celebrate the made-in-the-USA movement.


“We are now proud members of USA Loves Manufacturing,” said Kamber President Michael McGrath. “There were many great ideas exchanged. All in all, an exciting and very worthwhile day and we thank her again for visiting.”


During the visit, Philyaw offered to provide marketing services for soon-to-be-released training videos organized by McGrath’s son Ben, who is being groomed to succeed his father down the road.


Source: Kamber Narrow Fabric Machinery

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Gretchen Philyaw, founder of USA Loves Manufacturing, with Kamber management. (L-R) Heinz Carigiet, Ben McGrath, Alex Marler, David Giltz and Philyaw.