Paul Fogleman,

The leadership of the Textile Technology Center Advisory Board changed last week with Don Hager of Pharr Yarns LLC taking the role as chairman, succeeding Patti Bates of Glen Raven Mills.

During Bates’ two-year tenure as chair, the Textile Technology has experienced significant growth in services and revenue and last year started a training program for plant production personnel with supported from the N.C. General Assembly. Director Sam Buff’ reviewed the growth trends and outlined capital improvements and equipment purchases during the current fiscal year. State funds for the operation of the center were included in the budget approved by House and Senate conferees, the Board was advised.

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