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Former longtime SP Associates owner Gabe Hill dies

Gabe Hill, who spent 60 years in the textile industry–including 43 at SP Associates in Charlotte, N.C.–died April 13, 2024 in Abbeville, S.C. He was 89. Hill was owner and general manager of SP Associates, a well-known textile, nonwovens and apparel placement firm, before his retirement in 2017. "f you’ve been in a part of [...]

By |2024-04-24T09:51:35-05:00April 24, 2024|

Texas Tech University lab director elected to National Academy of Inventors

Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D., director of the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory at Texas Tech University (TTU) in Lubbock, Texas. Image: TTU Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D., director of the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory at Texas Tech University (TTU) in Lubbock, Texas, was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Inventors' 2024 class of senior members. The [...]

By |2024-03-13T12:51:56-05:00March 13, 2024|

Apex Mills announces the appointment of Molly Kremidas to its business development team

Molly Kremidas was appointed to Apex Mills business development team and began her role on Feb. 26. Image: Apex Mills Apex Mills, a manufacturer of U.S.-made industrial textiles announced the appointment of Molly Kremidas to join its business development team. In her new role, Kremidas will be responsible for driving the growth of warp, circular [...]

By |2024-02-29T08:00:00-06:00February 29, 2024|

Amy Bircher appointed to advisory committee by President Biden

Amy Bircher at IFAI Expo 2021 in Nashville, Tenn. President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint nine individuals as members of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, including former Advanced Textiles Association chairman Amy Bircher. The advisory committee provides overall policy advice to the U.S. Trade Representative on matters in connection with [...]

By |2024-03-12T11:59:46-05:00February 26, 2024|

In memoriam: Donald “Don” Michael Reinbolt

Former IFAI (now ATA) chairman Donald "Don" Michael Reinbolt of Temperance, MI, died at age 77 on Saturday, January 13, 2024. He was born on June 11, 1946, in Toledo, Ohio, and was the son of Charles M. and Mary Katherine (Hartley) Reinbolt.  He married his high school sweetheart from Woodward High School, Suzanne Loemker, [...]

By |2024-01-22T13:02:00-06:00January 22, 2024|

GOZEN welcomes Sedef Uncu Aki as chief product officer

GOZEN, a San Francisco-based biomaterials startup, announced the appointment of Sedef Uncu Aki as its new chief product officer. Aki joins GOZEN with a background in sustainability and textile innovation spanning more than 20 years. Her previous tenure as the director of product development and research at denim brand, ORTA, involved effectively creating and leading [...]

By |2024-01-09T16:19:28-06:00January 3, 2024|

In memoriam: Phillip “Phil” Eugene Russell

Phillip "Phil" Eugene Russell, 70, of Mansfield, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.  He passed away quietly in his home surrounded by close family members after a very long, courageous battle with cancer. Phil was born July 14, 1952, in Mt. Gilead, Ohio to Edd and Loretta Mae Russell.  He grew up with two [...]

By |2022-12-02T11:25:18-06:00November 28, 2022|

Event rental industry legend Bick Jones retires

After 36 years of serving the event rental industry, Bick Jones, whose latest adventure in the event rental arena was serving as general manager of CommuniLux in Dallas, Texas, a subsidiary of InProduction, Chicago, Ill., decided to retire May 6, 2022. “I have tried to retire three times, but none of them lasted. I love the [...]

By |2022-06-23T06:00:31-05:00June 21, 2022|

In memoriam: Henry “Hank” Parker

Henry “Hank” W. Parker, 89, of Bluffton, SC died on February 19, 2022. Henry “Hank” W. Parker, 89, of Bluffton, SC died on February 19, 2022, at Palmettos Memory Care from natural causes.  Hank lived most of his life in Rochester (Fairport), NY. From 1998-2018, he spent his winters in Hilton Head, SC and his [...]

By |2022-03-04T11:24:54-06:00March 4, 2022|

In memoriam: Chuck Rothstein

Chuck Rothstein, 87, of Knoxville, Tenn., died Feb. 5, 2022. After serving in the U.S. Navy and working as an insurance agent and sales manager, Rothstein opened his first business in 1969 — Redi Rentals in Knoxville. The company rented construction equipment and tools. When the World’s Fair came to town in 1982, he saw [...]

By |2022-02-28T14:41:47-06:00February 25, 2022|
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