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TRADE

NCTO letter supports action against forced China labor

(Posted September 16, 2020)

AAFA leader Lamar testifies on forced labor imports issue

(Posted September 16, 2020)

GOING VIRTUAL

Symposiums on tap in lieu of Techtextil, Texprocess Americas

(Posted September 16, 2020)

WEAVING

Picanol introduces TerryPlus-I airjet machine

(Posted September 17, 2020)

PEOPLE

A.B. Carter promotes Wise to president & COO

(Posted September 16, 2020)

ELEVATE TEXTILES

Cone Denim, Oritain partner on end-to-end traceability

(Posted September 17, 2020)

GERBER

MCT Cutter empowers Colorwave to transform during pandemic

(Posted September 15, 2020)

INNOVATORS SERIES

Changing how we buy, sell, source decorated textiles

(Posted September 17, 2020)

DENIM

Lee launches collection offering fresh take on heritage

(Posted September 17, 2020)

ANTI-VIRAL

Devan antimicrobial technology earns Best Practices Award

(Posted September 15, 2020)

FINISHING

Acafintex looks to bright future with new Monforts technology

(Posted September 15, 2020)

OERLIKON

Trade shows next year to have more ‘national character’

(Posted September 17, 2020)

WEAVING

Loepfe weft thread break said to boost productivity

(Posted September 17, 2020)

TRADE

NCTO, NCC ask Lawmakers to support CBTPA extension

(Posted September 10, 2020)

FUNDING

TTC, MSC to receive $14M for PPE prototyping, testing

(Posted September 10, 2020)

DESIGN

Shima Seiki selects Archroma’s ‘Color Atlas’ library for software

(Posted September 10, 2020)

DUPONT

20th anniversary of first commercial Sorona® run marked

(Posted September 10, 2020)

INDA

Finalists for RISE® Innovation Award announced

(Posted September 10, 2020)

MILLIKEN

Company joins Polypropylene Recycling Coalition

(Posted September 10, 2020)

PPE

Ascend expands antimicrobial technology into finished goods line

(Posted September 10, 2020)

WATERPROOFING

Altexa, GHS Holdings launch HDry technology in N. America

(Posted September 10, 2020)

ANTI-VIRALS

Devan says coating technology shows high protection properties

(Posted September 10, 2020)

PyroTex says specialty fiber quickly kills SARS-CoV-2

(Posted September 10, 2020)

COTTON

Pandemic sheds light on need to grow sector

(Posted September 10, 2020)

OERLIKON

OEM participates virtually in Manmade Fiber Conference

(Posted September 10, 2020)

TRADESHOW

ITMA ASIA + CITME gears up for strong showcase in 2021

(Posted September 10, 2020)

AATCC

PPE digital series to explore face mask efficacy

(Posted September 10, 2020)

Three-part digital series on LED lighting, color slated

(Posted September 10, 2020)

Feature article garners 2020 Tabbie Award

(Posted September 10, 2020)

AUTOMATION

Erhardt+Leimer delivering total control in textile manufacturing

(Posted September 1, 2020)

INDA

WOW International Conference delivers the goods – virtually

(Posted September 1, 2020)

E-TEXTILES

IPC Virtual Summit offers top-notch education

(Posted September 3, 2020)

ACQUISITION

Americhem expands global reach, buys Controlled Polymers

(Posted September 1, 2020)

SDL ATLAS

New instrument unveiled to test water impact penetration

(Posted September 1, 2020)

SHIMA SEIKI

Digital yarn sourcing website opens

(Posted September 1, 2020)

OEKO-TEX®

Positive results reported, despite COVID-19

(Posted September 1, 2020)

STA Marketing Forum: Five days. Five speakers. Endless takeaways.

The traffic is heavy in cyberspace during these atypical days, of course, with most conferences, meetings and trade shows taking center stage on our screens.

 

The Southern Textile Association (STA) recently ventured into the virtual venue recently when it hosted its Summer Marketing Forum Lunch and Learn Series, with one speaker presenting each day of the week. Five diverse speakers all touched on aspects of the meeting’s theme, “SURVIVING AND THRIVING: Resilient U.S. Textile Industry Emerging Stronger, More Sustainable in Wake of COVID-19.”

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Vidalia brings ‘cool’ selvedge looms, denim back to life

Dan Feibus likens weaving denim on vintage Draper looms to owning a classic car.

 

“It’s like having a 68 Jaguar in your garage,” said the CEO of Vidalia Mills. “You may have to work on it a lot but it’s going to be worth it.”

 

The Vidalia, La.-based textile manufacture purchased 46 Draper x3 selvedge looms in September 2019 from JW Demolition of Greensboro, N.C., owner of the contents and bricks and mortar of the Cone Mills White Oak Plant, which closed at the end of 2017.

Vidalia is currently producing 450,000 yards of selvedge denim per month.

 

“Denim aficionados swear by it,” Feibus said. “Who are we to argue with them? It’s fun, it’s cool. Denim is very satisfying. It’s timeless; it’s the premier American fabric when you think about it.”

Industry icon Jim Conner remembered

I was informed a few days ago of the passing of an industry icon to whom I came to know during my early years of textile journalism and the twilight years of his long and storied career in the industry. Jim Conner, who in 2001 retired as executive director of the now-defunct American Yarn Spinners Association (AYSA), Gastonia, N.C., died last November at age 82 after moving back to and spending his retirement in his native Georgia. Many in the industry had lost contact with him. But his name came up recently.

 

Peter Hegarty, who worked in Conner’s office at the American Textile Export Company (AMTEC), and Mike Hubbard, Conner’s successor at the AYSA, broached the question of their former colleague’s whereabouts, then found his obituary from late last year. They brought the news to my attention, and his passing should not go unmentioned, especially given his impact on the U.S. yarn/textile industry.

The young have sprung

If you had any doubts about the next generation of leaders in the U.S. textile and apparel industry, have no fear ­– the Millennials and Gen Z’ers are here.

 

And some of them are kicking up quite a dust storm as it relates to entrepreneurship, energy and excitement.

 

Whether we realize it or not, there’s a youth movement materializing in our midst, and they’re already making noise – joyous noise, resounding noise, dulcet noise, all of which are ringing in a sense of optimism for our industry’s destiny.

 

That’s the impression I’ve gotten in recent years, especially in the last few weeks while engaging with and listening to the young guns via virtual conferences. Just this week, two coming-of-age superstars made remarkable cases that the future is in good hands.

Positive trends loom large for industry, say Zoomers

Being homebound and on lockdown for the most part since March has given me the opportunity to slip into Zoom Rooms and similar meeting spaces across cyberspace, mostly for educational purposes centered around Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the “new normal” or “what’s next?”

 

As we continue to work to compress the curve and climb out of this cloud of uncertainty while keeping in touch virtually, it’s amazing to see all the converting, collaborating and creating our industry has been engaged in of late. And it’s reassuring to see promising signs of a better, stronger, faster industry emerging from this world-turned-upside-down crisis.

 

I’m certainly seeing a brighter future on the not-too-distant horizon, based on the many discussions I’ve been hearing from subject matter experts on my computer speakers. And I’ve gleaned a number of encouraging trends for U.S. textiles and apparel in the coming months and years. I'll jot down five here.

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