WASHINGTON, DC – The National Council
of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S.
textiles from fiber through finished sewn products, held its officer elections for
fiscal year 2020 today.
In addition to the appointment of a new
chairman and vice chairman, NCTO elected chairs for each of its four councils. NCTO
is comprised of four councils to ensure a broad representation of the industry
supply chain. Each council has an allotted number of members who are elected to
the association’s Board of Directors, in addition to the Executive Committee.
“I am pleased to announce our new
officers, council chairs, and board and executive committee members for NCTO’s
2020 fiscal year,” said NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas. “David Roberts (CEO of
Cap Yarns) has been elected our new chairman and succeeds Leib Oehmig (CEO of
Glen Raven Inc.), who did an outstanding job serving in the role for more than
“This is a critical juncture for our industry as we continue
to navigate through an uncertain business environment this year. I could not be
prouder of our industry, which has stepped up and retooled to produce critical
personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers battling the COVID-19
pandemic. With the support of our newly elected officers, NCTO will continue to
work on behalf of its members to shape policies that will help our industry
persevere and thrive. Through a dedicated association staff and a committed
group of industry leaders, we will ensure that together we continue to have a
seat at the table in Washington.”
Elected as NCTO Chairman and Vice Chairman for 2020 are:
- Chairman – David Roberts, CEO of Cap Yarns, Inc.
Roberts is CEO of Cap Yarns, Inc., based in Clover,
South Carolina. Cap Yarns is a specialty yarn
manufacturer and a leader in developing unique yarns for the knitting and
- Vice Chairman – David Poston, President of Palmetto
- Mr. Poston is President of Palmetto
Synthetics, based in Kingstree, South Carolina. Palmetto
Synthetics is a leading specialty synthetic fiber producer that has provided
specialty thermoplastic fibers to companies across the globe.
Elected to the NCTO
Board of Directors during the various Council meetings were the following:
Council – Lowell Bivens of PHP Fibers; John Freeman of Nan Ya Plastics America;
Chuck Hall of William Barnet & Son; Rich Lemerise of The LYCRA Company;
Alejandro Sanchez of DAK Americas; and Chip Stein of Stein Fibers
Council – Jim Booterbaugh of National Spinning Co.; Tom Caudle of Unifi; Charles
Heilig of Parkdale Mills; Peter Iliopoulos of Gildan; Marty Moran of Buhler
Quality Yarns Corporation; and Allen Smith of American & Efird
and Home Furnishings Council – Norman Chapman of Inman Mills; Kathie Leonard of
Auburn Manufacturing; Chad McAllister of Milliken & Company; Leib Oehmig of
Glen Raven, Inc.; Dirk Pieper of Sage Automotive Interiors; and Mike Shelton of
Support Council – Cyril Guerin of Picanol; Ian
Mills of Fi-Tech; and Gary Romanstine of Marzoli
by their respective Councils to serve on the Executive Committee were:
Lowell Bivens of PHP
Fibers; John Freeman of Nan Ya; Tom Caudle of Unifi; Peter Iliopoulos of
Gildan; Norman Chapman of Inman Mills; Leib Oehmig of Glen Raven Inc.; and Ian Mills of Fi-Tech
to chair the Councils:
Council: David Poston of Palmetto Synthetics
Council: Marty Moran of Buhler Quality Yarns
Home Furnishings Council: Leib Oehmig of Glen
Industry Support Council: Ian Mills of Fi-Tech
is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile
manufacturers, including artificial and synthetic filament and fiber producers.
- U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 585,240 in 2019.
- The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $75.8 billion in 2019.
- U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $29.1 billion in 2019.
- Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totaled $2.5 billion in 2018, the last year for which data is available.
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