Following is a directory of the knit fabric industry's top players, ranked by volume. Sales for public companies are for the firm's most recent fiscal year. For privately held firms, sales figures are arrived at through discussions with company principals, or, when marked with an asterisk, through discussions with industry analysts and/or market observers. In sales of diversified companies, sales for knits are listed first, followed by a total for all fabrics they produce or for total company.
Guilford Mills Inc. Greensboro, N.C. Sales office: 469 Seventh Ave. New York 10018 Phone: (212) 630-5500 Fax: (212) 630-5545 Charles A. Hayes, chairman and chief executive officer Alfred Greenblatt, president, apparel, home and industrial fabrics Dick Roberts, president, fibers unit. Sales: $654.4 million (fiscal year ended June 30, 1993. Guilford has since changed its fiscal year to September, and figures are scheduled to be released later this week. Greenblatt said sales should be in excess of $700 million.) Key products: Elastomerics, tricots, velvets and single-knit fabrics, utilizing nylon, polyester, spandex, cotton and acetate. Fabrics available both in prints and solids. Knitting facilities: Greensboro, N.C.; Lumberton, N.C.; Pine Grove, Pa.; Kenansville, N.C.; Schenectady, N.Y.; Mexico City, and Nottingham, England.
Milliken & Co. Spartanburg, S.C. Sales office: 1045 Sixth Ave. New York 10018 Phone: (212) 819-4200 Fax: (212) 819-4217 Roger Milliken, chairman Thomas Malone, president and chief operating officer Tom Leopard, business manager, circular knits Jim Naughton, business manager, warp knits Bob Lewis, business manager, prepared-for-print (PFP) knits David Grier, sales director, circular knits. Sales: $200 million-$250 million* (Total company sales estimated at $2.5 billion). Key products: Nylon and Lycra spandex warp-knit fabrics; polyester double knit and interlock, polyester and rayon, cotton-rich and Lycra spandex circular knit fabrics, and cotton and polyester and cotton blended prepared for print fabrics. Knitting facilities: Several, throughout the Carolinas
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