Valdese Weavers buys Circa 1801 facility

July 1, 2017

Valdese Weavers, Valdese, N.C., designers and producers of fabrics for specialty markets including RV, marine, luggage, apparel, pillows, drapery and bedding, has purchased the Circa 1801 facility in Connelly Springs, N.C. The 156,000-square-foot structure houses the Circa 1801 Design studio, administrative offices and manufacturing plant. The building was constructed in 1997, and is located five …

Spradling meets European regulations

Spradling International Marine, Maryville, Tenn., has confirmed that its marine performance products comply with the European Biocide Product Regulation. Spradling products do not contain OBPA (Oxybisphonoxyarsine), a biocide banned by the European Union that is processed in marine vinyl material to prevent pink staining. Spradling marine-grade products have been manufactured without OBPA since 2013. They …

Heytex and BondCote welcome new employees

Heytex and BondCote Corporation, Pulaski, Va., providers of coated, laminated and composite fabrics, announced the hiring of Steve Moses as the purchasing/materials manager. Moses will assume the responsibilities of cross-plant global purchasing strategy of Heytex and BondCote, manage the division materials activities and process, and participate in the global purchasing strategy, supplier rating process and …

Crypton acquired by Berkley Capital

The Crypton® Companies, Bloomsfield Hills, Mich., providers of performance fabrics in the contract, home furnishings and apparel markets, announced that Berkley Capital LLC has acquired a majority stake. Berkley Capital is the private equity investment vehicle of W. R. Berkley Corp., a Fortune 500 property and casualty insurance company. Company co-founders Craig and Randy Rubin, …

HEYtex & BondCote hires Wolynes

May 1, 2017

HEYtex & BondCote Corp. has hired Earle Wolynes as sales manager–industrial. Wolynes has more than 20 years of experience in the textile industry in manufacturing, development, sales, marketing and outside consulting. Over his career he has received eight patents in textiles and is a multi-time member of Milliken’s Innovators Hall of Fame. Wolynes will be …

Top Value Fabrics honors Hinsch

Robert Hinsch, vice president of Top Value Fabrics, Carmel, Ind., is celebrating his 30th year with the company. Hinsch is recognized throughout the industry as an expert in developing custom textile solutions for a range of industries. He joined the company in 1987 with the idea to build a West Coast sales and distribution center. …

Safety Components grows management team

To optimize the production and inventory of its high-performance technical fabrics, Safety Components has named Ana-Maria Petrea as merchandise planning manager. John Pierce, WeatherMAX® product manager, made the announcement. Petrea will manage planning for Safety Components’ rapidly growing product lines, such as WeatherMAX performance outdoor fabric, Armor AP™, Glide Ice™ and PBI Max™ structural firefighting …

Lectra names Viala EVP

Lectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, has appointed CFO Jérôme Viala to the role of executive vice president for the group. Since becoming CFO in 1994 and a member of the executive committee, Viala has progressively taken on more responsibilities, and is …

Groz-Beckert purchases Ferd. Schmetz Group

Groz-Beckert recently purchased the Ferd. Schmetz Group, based in Aachen, Germany. The Ferd. Schmetz Group is a long-established producer of industrial sewing machine needles and has an estimated 700 employees worldwide. The acquisition includes the production sites in Germany, Switzerland and India as well as the global distribution network. With this acquisition, the Groz-Beckert Group …

Serge Ferrari North America welcomes new regional sales manager

Julie Bui has joined Serge Ferrari North America as the regional sales manager. Bui will handle sales and service of Serge Ferrari products in the states of Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Bui brings extensive sales and service experience to the company. She most recently worked as a field sales …