Archive for October, 2013

Gildan Adds Spinning Operations In N.C.

Gildan, a Canadian based socks and apparel company, has begun development of two new staple fiber spinning plants to support its manufacturing operations.

Gildan is in the process of installing yarn spinning equipment in a Salisbury plant and also is updating two spinning plants where it had a joint venture interest with Frontier spinning, according to a news release from the Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Assn. (SYFA).


Leigh Fibers Names Turner COO

Leigh Fibers

SPARTANBURG, S.C … Darrell J. Turner has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Leigh Fibers, Inc., succeeding Keith Taylor. Taylor, who has been with the company for 37 years, will continue to consult with Leigh Fibers and will transition to its board of directors.


October Industry News

Carolina Textile District
A Best-Kept Secret?

Manufacturing Solutions Center

Some 85 small companies are pursuing business opportunities in the Carolina Textile District, a program initiated by the Manufacturing Solutions Center in Conover.

MSC Director Dan St. Louis says the network includes companies headed by entrepreneurs looking for supply chain vendors and sales opportunities. The Carolina Textile District was formed to create a structure for outreach to the participants from all parts of the United States, although most are in the Southeast.


October Legislative Report

Why Business Should Care

Paul Fogleman

Paul Fogleman

With Washington gridlock resulting in a federal government shutdown, it is no surprise that business executives throw up their hands and tune out voices of politicians. Partisan rhetoric drowns out calls for reason. So let’s focus on company goals and strategies and ignore shenanigans of lawmakers.

But can we? Those same lawmakers are devising mandates, regulations, and so-called tax reforms. Over the past 20 years, the staff and industry supporters at the Manufacturing Solutions Center have invested energy and resources to head off unrealistic mandates. Example: proposed testing and labeling for lead content in socks.

On the horizon at the state level will be more efforts at tax reform. The good news here is the goal to eliminate corporate taxes and reduce personal income tax. But revenue has to come from some sources and this may entail the supply chain and energy purchases.