Resilient industry, SYFA face future (and each other) at Fall Conference

Posted December 23, 2021


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Synthetic Yarn & Fabric Association (SYFA) gathered in person for the first time in two years when it hosted its Fall Conference here.


Under the theme, “Identifying Solutions for Growth Amidst a Disruptive Supply Chain,” guests heard two half days of speakers cover a myriad of topics.


Attendance was down from previous years, but the turnout was healthy considering what the world has been through since early 2020.


“What a wild ride it has been over the last 18 to 24 months,” said SYFA President Dan Sistrunk, vice president of Global Sourcing-Textiles at Milliken and Company, in welcoming attendees. “We've all felt it, and we're pleased to have you here. And we're so pleased to be back and able to present this conference in person. It's important for the industry, the members, the companies that participate and the board.


“I think about what we've endured during that time – a global pandemic, natural disasters all over the United States, an emerging energy crisis, supply chain disruptions, etc. – but you know what? We're still here,” he added. “The textile industry is still here. We're resilient, and we're ready to take on the future. We're ready to move forward again. And for us, to the board members, this conference symbolizes that. Let's continue where we left off and continue to move forward.”


The association is looking for its next event – its 50th annual conference – April 21-22, 2022, at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.

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