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 CarolinasAlamac Knits, a division of WestPoint Stevens Inc. 1185 Sixth Ave. New York 10036 Phone: (212) 930-3636 Fax: (212) 930-3666 Ronald Hester, president Warren Levitt, executive vice president, marketing Sales: $233.5 million (fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 1993). Key products: Textured jacquard and rib fabrics in stripes and yarn dyes. Knitting facilities: Whitmire, S.C.; Clinton, N.C.; Elizabethtown, N.C.; Hamilton, N.C., and Lumberton, N.C.
Malden Mills Industries 46 Stafford St. Lawrence, Mass. 01841 Phone: (508) 685-6341 Fax: (508) 659-5590 Aaron Feuerstein, owner and president Wesley Rydin, vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer Howard Ackerman, vice president, general manager, apparel Yachiel Naor, vice president, general manager, upholstery Sales: $200 million for knitted apparel fabrics ($400 million overall). Key products: Fleece fabrics, primarily in polyester and blends of polyester and cotton. Trademarks include Polartec and Polarfleece. Knitting facilities: Bridgeton, Me.; Hudson, N.H., and Lawrence, Mass.
Fab Industries Inc. 200 Madison Ave. New York 10016 Phone: (212) 592-2700 Fax: (212) 689-6929 Samson Bitensky, chairman, president and ceo Steven Myers, vice president, tricot division Stanley August, vice president, circular knit division Susan B. Lerner, vice president, raschel lace division Sales: $189.6 million (fiscal year ended Nov. 27, 1993). Key products: Nylon tricots; flannels, suedes, novelty fabrics, fleeces, meshes and various types of laces, plus single knits and double knits, in such fibers as cotton, nylon, spandex, polyester, acetate and various manmade microfibers. Knitting facilities: Amsterdam, N.Y.; Lincolnton, N.C.; Maiden, N.C.; Cherryville, N.C., and Salisbury, N.C. Dyersburg Fabrics Inc. Dyersburg, Tenn. Sales office: 1460 Broadway New York 10036 Phone: (212) 869-6600 Fax: (212) 869-5677 T. Eugene McBride, president and chief executive officer Stephen J. Dauer, vice president, marketing Jan Whitlock, vice president, merchandising Sales: $151.3 million (fiscal year ended Oct. 2, 1993). Key products: Fleece, jersey and rib fabrics, in polyester, cotton, acrylic, cotton-rich blends and blends of polyester and cotton. Knitting facilities: Dyersburg, Tenn. (3) cerned about the magnitude of recent increases of raw material prices and the impact on the market."Burlington Knitted Fabrics, a division of Burlington Industries 3330 West Friendly Ave. Greensboro, N.C. 27210 Phone: (910) 379-3385 Fax: (910) 379-3468 Chuck Cole, president Roger Miller, executive vice president and division manufacturing manager Sales: $150 million* (total apparel fabric sales of $1.33 billion for fiscal year ended Oct. 1, 1994). Key products: Single knit and double knit fabrics, interlocks, ribs and jersey knits, in cotton, polyester and blends of cotton and polyester, cotton and spandex and nylon and spandex. Knitting facilities: Denton, N.C.; Cramerton, N.C.; Mount Holly, N.C.; Wake Forest, N.C., and Wendell, N.C.
Stevecoknit Fabrics, a division of Delta Woodside 1040 Sixth Ave. New York 10018 Phone: (212) 764-0830 Fax: (212) 730-0731 Bobby Humphreys, president Ed Dalrymple, vice president, marketing, finished fabrics Vincent Ferriola, vice president, PFP products Sales: $125 million (total Delta sales were $613.8 million for the fiscal year ended July 2, 1994). Key products: Finished circular knits including interlocks, jerseys, fleeces both in yarn- and piece-dyes, primarily in cotton, spandex and blends of polyester and cotton. The company also produces a range of PFP fabrics in polyester and cotton. Knitting facilities: Greensboro, N.C., Wallace, N.Y.
Ge-Ray Fabrics Inc. 705 Ginesi Drive Morganville, N.J. 07751 Phone: (908) 972-1600 Fax: (908) 972-0589 Ray Starker, chairman Gerald Lubin, president Phil Naidrich, executive vice president Dennis James, executive vice president, manufacturing Sales: $125 million. Key products: Jersey, interlock and fleece fabrics made from cotton, polyester, cotton and polyester blends, acetate and acrylic. Knitting facilities: The company utilizes several knitting plants throughout the South. It owns two dyeing and finishing plants, in Asheville, N.C., and Augusta, Ga.
Lorber Industries of California 17908 South Figueroa St. Gardena, Calif. 90248 Phone: (213) 321-8450 Fax: (310) 516-9829 Arnold Lorber, owner and chief executive officer Tom Lorber, vice president, sales Ralph Lopez, plant manager Sales: $100 million. Key products: Polyester and cotton knit jersey, rib, single and double knits. Knitting facility: Gardena, Calif.Symphony Fabrics 229 West 36th St. New York 10018 Phone: (212) 244-6700 Fax: (212) 736-0123 Seymour Schneiderman, president and chairman Haig Schneiderman, executive vice president Howard Ellis, director of knits Sales: $100 million. Key products: Single and double knits, interlocks, knitted jacquards and raschel laces, in rayon, polyester, nylon, spandex, cotton and various blends. Knitting facilities: Uses several contract plants, throughout the North and South.
Native Textiles 16 East 34th St. New York 10016 Phone: (212) 951-5100 Fax: (212) 951-5170 David Krivitsky, president Sidney Stern, vice president, tricot sales John Weiner, vice president, lace Sales: $80 million. Key products: Laces and warp knits in nylon, spandex, polyester and rayon. Knitting facilities: Glens Falls, N.Y., and Dallas, Pa. (Note: operations performed at Dallas are being moved to Glens Falls in early 1995.) The company also operates a dyehouse in Glens Falls.
Cleveland Mills Co., a subsidiary of Spartan Mills 111 West 40th St. New York 10018 Phone: (212) 869-9744 Fax: (212) 764-0589 S. Watt Jackson, vice president and business manager Richard Arnold, vice president, sales and marketing David Bacigalupo, plant manager Sales: $70 million. Key products: Jersey, fleece, ribs, collars and welts, tubular and open width fabrics, primarily in cotton and blends of cotton and polyester. Knitting facility: Lawndale, N.C.
The American Fabrics Co. 29 West 36th St. New York 10018 Phone: (800) 234-5223 Fax: (212) 714-9385 Julian Ostrover, president Mitchell Ostrover, executive vice president Herbert Ringel, national sales manager Sales: $65 million-$70 million. Key products: Laces, embroideries, raschel fabrics and jacquard knits, primarily using cotton, polyester and nylon. Knitting facilities: Picayune, Miss.; Tylertown, Miss.; Bogalusa, Ala., and Cliffside Park, N.J.
Flynt Fabrics Inc. 300 North Greene St. Greensboro, N.C. 27401 Phone: (910) 275-7271 Fax: (910) 295-0147 Charles H. Flynt Jr., president David Flynt, vice president, sales Jim Fisher, vice president, marketing Sales: $60 million Key products: Fleeces, jerseys, ribs, interlocks, terrys, double knits and textured fabrics, primarily in cotton, blends of polyester and cotton, spandex, polyester, rayon and acrylic. Knitting facilities: Graham, N.C.; Burlington, N.C., and Hillsborough, N.C.Concord Fabrics 1359 Broadway New York 10018 Phone: (212) 760-0300 Fax: (212) 643-8051 Earl Kramer, president and chief executive officer Robert Kasden, divisional vice president Edward Levine, general sales manager Sales: $58 million (Concord's total sales for the year ended Aug. 31, 1994 were $194.3 million) Key products: Single and double knits, interlock jersey and novelty fabrics made primarily from blends of polyester and cotton and spun and filament polyester. Knitting facilities: Milledgeville, Ga., and Washington, Ga. In short: "This year was good for knits, and I suspect 1995 will be reasonably satisfactory," Kramer said. "Knit fabrics are still in fashion from the designer and bridge level all the way to budget and promotional products. But raw materials prices will impact us, especially the increase in polyester. Hopefully, we'll be able to pass along the prices, because there isn't enough margin to absorb them."
Caro Knit, division of Dixie Yarn Co. 1071 Sixth Ave. New York 10018 Phone: (212) 354-4646 Fax: (212) 764-6980 George Smith, president Heard Smith, executive vice president, sales Al Wilson, vice president, manufacturing and plant manager Sales: $54 million (Dixie's total sales for the year ended Dec. 25, 1993, were $594.6 million.) Key products: Jersey, fleece, piqué, terry, interlock and rib fabrics, primarily in cotton and blends of polyester and cotton. Knitting facility: Jefferson, Ga.
Kronfli Spundale Mills Inc. 4000 Medford St. Los Angeles 90063 Phone: (213) 780-7700 Fax: (213) 266-1818 Ted Kronfli, president Paul Kronfli, chief financial officer Mike Daniels, sales manager Sales: $50 million-$60 million. Key products: Jacquards, ribs and stretch fabrics, utilizing cotton, polyester, blends of cotton and polyester, spandex, nylon, rayon and wool. Knitting facility: Los Angeles
Star Knits of California 3110 East 26th St. Vernon, Calif. 90023 Phone: (213) 262-2299 Fax: 213-262-5243. Michael Maiman, president Barry Maiman, vice president Barry Wollman, national sales manager Sales: $50 million. Key products: Novelty knits including pointilles, piqués, fleece; basic fabrics including jersey and interlock, primarily in cotton, polyester and blends of cotton and polyester The company prints or piece-dyes all fabrics, as well as brushes and sands. Knitting facilities: Vernon, Calif., Commerce, Calif. (dyehouse).Andrex Industries Corp. 1071 Sixth Ave. New York 10018 Phone: (212) 354-8500 Fax: (212) 354-4938 Robert A. Levinson, chairman Stephen A. Gottdiener, president Ellen Schifrin, vice president Sales: N/A Key products: Double knits, single knits, crepes, jacquard knits, linens, novelty knits and yarn-dyes, in blends of polyester and cotton, spandex, polyester, acetate, rayon, wool and cotton. Knitting facilities: Asheville, N.C., Zebulon, N.C.
Lida Inc. 1450 Broadway New York 10018 Phone: (212) 391-0002 Fax: (212) 719-9243 Isaac Kier, chairman and chief executive officer Nelson Kier, president John Adelman, vice president, circular knits Shelly Garfinkel, director, swimwear marketing Lorelei Diamond, stylist Ralph Kier, director of product development Sales: $45 million in knitted fabrics ($88.6 million overall sales). Key products: Full range of Lycra-containing circular knits; solids, stripes, print cloths and prepare for garment dye products, jersey, double knit, novelties, jacquards and velours. In addition to Lycra, Lida also uses cotton, blends of polyester and cotton, nylon, polyester, rayon, acetate, linen and silk. Knitting facilities: Charlotte, N.C.
Fabrictex Inc. 1460 Broadway New York 10036 Phone: (212) 391-1650 Fax: (212) 391-1680 Edward Moskowitz, chairman Umberto Gonzalez, president Barbara Pearson, vice president, production Jim Andriola, vice president, sales Harriet Moskowitz, design director Sales: $35 million. Key products: Lycra-containing fabrics for sportswear, swimwear, activewear and aerobic wear. Fibers include cotton, polyester and cotton blends, nylon, polyester, acetate, acrylic and rayon. Fabrictex also produces two trademarked fabrics, Fabrisuede and Fabriskin. Knitting facilities: Lincolnton, N.C. (2)
Texollini Inc. 2575 El Presidio Carson, Calif. 90810 Phone: (310) 537-3400 Fax: (310) 537-3500 Ed Albrecht, director of merchandising Larry Plotin, sales manager Sales: $35 million. Key products: Printed single-knit and blended jerseys, ribs and Lycra-spandex-containing fabrics, primarily in cotton and blends of cotton and polyester. Knitting facility: Carson, Calif.Lee Fashion Fabrics Inc. 104 West 40th St. New York 10018 Phone: (212) 354-1373 Fax: (212) 354-9075 William J. Conroy, president John Louis, executive vice president, sales Regina Carusone, executive vice president, product development Sales: $25 million-$40 million Key products: Suedes, leathers and novelty knitted fabrics made from nylon, spandex, polyester and acetate. Knitting facilities: Angier, N.C., and Gastonia, N.C.
Richland Mills 3965 East 10 Court Hialeah, Fla. 33013 Phone: (305) 836-5826 Fax: (305) 836-5864 Richard B. Wolf, president Keith Nicholson, executive vice president Carmen Ogaza, vice president, general manager Sales: $25 million-$30 million. Key products: Interlocks, ribs, jerseys, jacquards and mini-jacquard fabrics in cotton, nylon, spandex, polyester and cotton blends, rayon, acetate and triacetates. Knitting facilities: Hialeah, Fla.
Dan River Inc. 111 West 40th St. New York 10018 Phone: (212) 554-7524 Fax: (212) 554-5616 Jim Martin, president, fabric division Lew Thaler, vice president, merchandise manager Clarissa Posey, national sales manager Sales: $20 million-$25 million (Total Dan River sales were $317.6 million for the year ending Dec. 31, 1993.) Key products: Novelty jersey, interlock, terry, rib, jacquard, fleece and yarn-dyed fabrics, primarily in blends of polyester and cotton, polyester, cotton and spandex. Knitting facilities: Danville, Va.
Novelty Textile Mills 1384 Broadway New York 10018 Phone: (212) 719-3870 Fax: (212) 354-4264 Arthur Feinberg, president Allan Taylor, vice president Sales: $20 million. Key products: Cotton and cotton and polyester blended fabrics including meshes, crochets and lace fabrics, along with fabrics of man-made fibers blended with wool and mohair. Knitting facility: Wauregan, Conn.
Gurney Industries Inc. Prattville, Ala. 36067 Sales office: 989 Sixth Ave. New York 10018 Phone: (212) 838-2929 (New York sales office) Fax: (212) 838-8784 (New York sales office) Robert J. Gurney, chairman Rhamesh Bhalero, chief operating officer Sales: $20 million. Key products: Jersey and fleece fabrics, including terries, piqués, pointilles, meshes, stripes and ribs. Fabrics are available in body sizes and open widths. Knitting facility: Prattville, Ala.National Looms 229 West 36th St. New York 10018 Phone: (212) 594-8940 Fax: (212) 967-6707 Peter Honig, principal Daniel Honig, vice president and principal Walter Gerold, vice president and principal Andrew Sorger, vice president, sales Sales: $20 million. Key products: Novelty Lycra spandex products, single and double knits, jacquards and fancy chenille fabrics made from a wide range of man-made and natural fibers. Knitting facilities: Several, throughout the Eastern U.S.
Somerset Industries 68 Harrison St. POB 1189 Gloversville, N.Y. 12078 Phone: (800) 262-0606 Fax: (518) 773-8978 Donald Fleischut, president Lou Sgrignoli, merchandising manager Sales: $20 million Key products: Sheer nylon tricot fabrics. Knitting facility: Gloversville, N.Y.
Windjammer Knits, division of Charter Fabrics 1430 Broadway New York 10018 Phone: (212) 391-8810 Fax: (212) 575-1231 Stanley Kirshenbaum, president Chester Kirshenbaum, executive vice president Sales: $20 million. Key products: Circular novelty knits primarily in cotton, rayon, polyester and spandex. Knitting facilities: Several, in New Jersey and North Carolina.
Gehring Textiles Inc. 1 West 34th St. New York 10001 Phone: (212) 279-9700 Fax: (212) 279-8381 Gregory Gehring, president Michael Scala, vice president, Militex division George Christmann, vice president, corporate development Sales: $10 million-$20 million Key products: Novelty tricot fabrics, raschel and broidery laces and mesh fabrics, in polyester, cotton and rayon. Knitting facilities: St. Johnsville, N.Y., Dolgeville, N.Y. (dyehouse).
Knit Techniques Inc. 1359 Broadway New York 10018 Phone: (212) 563-1660 Fax: (212) 695-0237 Jay Rosen, president Gene Frier, vice president Donald Dorfman, vice president Stuart Tucker, vice president Sales: $10 million-$15 million in novelty knitted fabrics for apparel market. (Firm also does industrial and home furnishings fabrics.) Key products: Novelty knits in all natural and man-made fibers. Knitting facility: Passaic, N.J.Marcrest Knitting Mills Inc. 119 West 40th St. New York 10018 Phone: (212) 354-0808 Fax: (212) 921-9219 Marvin Gutschmit, president Barbara Rell-Young, executive vice president Sales: $12 million. Key products: Novelty knits in both single and double knits, fleece, jersey, interlock and ribbed fabrics, primarily in cotton, blends of cotton and polyester, spandex, polyester, rayon and acrylic. Knitting facilities: North Carolina.
Markbilt Inc. 55 Thomas Road Hawthorne, N.J. 07506 Phone: (201) 423-0556 Fax: (201) 423-4120 Mark Woltin, president Sales: $5 million-$10 million. Key products: Single and double knit ribs, jerseys, jacquards, fleeces and terrys. Key fibers include spandex, cotton, polyester, blends of cotton and polyester, rayon and nylon. Knitting facility: Hawthorne, N.J.
Liberty Fabrics Inc. 295 Fifth Ave. New York 10016 Phone: (212) 684-3100 Fax: (212) 683-8093 Ted Hoffman, president, fabric division Bob Epstein, executive vice president Flora Chao, vice president, laces Sales: N/A Key products: Rigid and stretch novelty circular knits, stretch tricot and raschel knits and a wide range of laces. Fibers include cotton, polyester, spandex, nylon, rayon and blends of polyester and cotton. Knitting facilities: Gordonsville, Va., and Jamesville, N.C.
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