Archive for October, 2012

September’s Legislative News

Go For The Gold:

Two top legislators have resigned from the General Assembly to start new careers: as lobbyists.

Harold Brubaker, former House Speaker and top appropriations leader in the 2011-12 Legislature, two months ago announced his resignation to open a lobbying operation with his son. Brubaker was the longest-serving member of the House and was in his 18th term. Sen. Richard Stevens, a senior appropriations chair in the Senate, resigned in earlier this month and soon after announced he is joining a Raleigh lobbying firm.

Both are Republicans whose party controls both chambers in the General Assembly. Polls suggest the GOP will maintain control in upcoming sessions due to redistricting. As top leaders, Brubaker and Stevens are likely to attract major clients in banking, healthcare, insurance, and utilities. Stevens and Brubaker will earn much more than the average $50,000 earned by legislators, including salary and per diem.


New Generation In Knitting

Flatbed Operations Expand Opportunities For Rebirth

Rodney Sigmon, specialist for research and development and prototyping at the Manufacturing Solutions Center, checks specifications for a sample produced on Stoll one-dimensional knitting machine.

Twenty-first century knitting operations are leading a revolution in textiles manufacturing, comparable to the impact of the internet on worldwide communications.

A preview of the next generation in knitting can be seen in the Manufacturing Solutions Center at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory. Manufacturers of the flatbed knitting tout the production of “whole garment” or “technical” textiles.

Rodney Sigmon, who spearheads research and development and prototyping, refers to the new process as “three-dimensional knitting” or “knit to wear.” Complete apparel – dresses, sportswear, gloves, and socks – come off the equipment. But so does more technical components like backs for chairs, upholstery fabrics, and construction accessories. The equipment has the capacity to knit wire spacer fabrics and laid-in wire and cables for heating elements. (more…)

Manufacturing In N.C. Topic For Emerging Issues Forum

The prestigious Institute for Emerging Issues at N.C. State University is examining and promoting manufacturing in North Carolina.

Some would say “about time.”

Some 430,000 people in North Carolina are employed in manufacturing, ranking the state one of the top in the nation. Manufacturing wages are 52 percent higher than those for other non-farm jobs.

The annual Emerging Issues Forum will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center Feb. 11-12. Former Gov. James B. Hunt, the founder of the forum, will be a central figure at the conference which has examined tax reform, creativity, and other trends affecting government and the economy.


SYFA Market Meeting In Charlotte Sept. 27-28

The “Fiber to Market” conference sponsored by the Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association will be held September 27 – 28 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Charlotte.

Kim Pettit, managing director of the association, said the conference presentations will take the participants from raw materials to fabrics; from fabric to retail; and the impact of government legislation on the textiles economy.


Membership Renewals Due For Hosiery-Textile Council

The Hosiery and Textiles Governmental Affairs Council is recruiting companies for the 2012-13 membership year.

Memberships are for the 2012-13 fiscal year and support the legislative program for the N.C. General Assembly on behalf of the Manufacturing Solutions Center and the Textile Technology Center. The agenda for the council includes protection of funds for the operation of the centers and special issues. Earlier this year the lobbying program exempted the centers from sales taxes on acquisition of new equipment.