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.
Turner has spent 30 years in the energy, waste and recycled materials industries. He comes to Leigh from Headwaters, Inc., where his positions included vice president and general manager of the Energy Services Division. Before that he was president of Eagle North American, Inc., an environmental services firm, and held management positions with Waste Management, Inc., including technical director of the Clemson Technical Center.
“Under Keith’s leadership, Leigh Fibers has been an innovator in fiber and textile reprocessing and a pioneer in repurposing materials that would otherwise have been landfilled,” said Turner. “I see tremendous opportunities ahead and I think we’re uniquely positioned to capitalize on them.”
“Darrell’s enthusiasm and his experience in developing new products that utilize waste products will be great assets as we write the next chapter of the Leigh Fibers story,” said Taylor, “ as will his success in global business development, especially in China and South America.”
Turner holds a B.S. degree in business administration from Anderson University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Nuclear Engineering program and served aboard nuclear submarines.
ABOUT LEIGH FIBERS – Leigh Fibers, Inc. is one of North America’s leading reprocessors of fiber and textile by-products, having diverted some 14 billion pounds of waste from landfills so far and turned it into useful material. Leigh has customers and sources of supply around the world, importing and exporting to more than 25 countries. Its recycled fibers are used by leading manufacturers in the automotive, home furnishings, construction, casket, pet supplies, and other industries. For more information, please visit www.leighfibers.com or call (864) 439-4111.