Amicale Industries Inc.

1375 Broadway

New York, N.Y. 10018

Phone: (212) 398-0300

FAX: (212) 398-0018

Woonsocket Spinning Co., subsidiary of Amicale

4701 Monroe Road

Charlotte, N.C. 28231

Phone: (704) 537-7011

FAX: (704) 532-1273

Anchor Dyeing & Finishing Co., subsidiary of Amicale.

Adams Avenue and Leiper Streets

Philadelphia, Pa. 19124

(215) 289-5100

(215) 533-9550

Anthra Textiles Co., subsidiary of Amicale

1400 Chestnut Street

Kulpmont, Pa. 17834

(717) 373-9410

(717) 373-1941

Boris Schlomm, president, Amicale Industries

Richard Perkins, vice president, general manager, Woonsocket Spinning Co.

John Mock, plant manager, Anchor Dyeing and Finishing

George Bass, president Anthra Textiles

Sales: N/A

Key products: Acrylic, angora, camel hair, cashmere, lambswool, wool and various blends of natural and man-made yarns.

Yarn sites: Charlotte, N.C.

In short: With the 50 percent acquisition of W. Fein & Sons Ltd., Bradford, England, earlier this year, Amicale has beefed up its cashmere presence in Europe. In addition, Amicale is expanding its offerings of cotton and wool yarns.

Amital Spinning Corp. 197 Bosch Blvd.

New Bern, N.C. 28562-6924

Phone: (919) 636-3435

FAX: (919) 637-8043

Milton Gold, president

William G. Palmer, vice president

Sales: N/A

Key products: Acrylic high-bulk yarns and acrylic open end yarns, in both dyed and natural form.

Spinning sites: New Bern, N.C., Wallace, N.C.

In short: “From the perspective as a provider of acrylic yarns, we are feeling some of the effects of the world shortage of cotton. Knitters are using more acrylic,” said Gold.

Burlington Madison Yarn Co., a division of Burlington Industries.

3330 West Friendly Avenue

POB 21207

Greensboro, N.C. 27420

Phone: (800) 321-2692

FAX: (910) 379-4513

Daniel T. Sullivan, president

Roger Miller, executive vice president, manufacturing

Peter Triolo, executive vice president, sales and marketing

Corporate Sales: $2.1 billion

Sales from yarn: $1.36 billion (includes apparel fabrics as well)

Types of yarns: Textured polyester, air-texture and spun yarns of rayon, rayon blends, polyester, polyester blends and acrylic; ring-spun and open-end yarns, and plied yarns.

Yarn sites: Mayodan, N.C.; Ranlo, N.C., St. Pauls, N.C. (2)

In short: Sullivan said the strongest part of the company’s business in 1995 will come from textured yarns, rayon crepe yarns and polyester blended yarns.

Commonwealth Yarn Sales Inc.

8965 Pocahontas Trail

Williamsburg, Va. 23185

Phone: (804) 888-2325

FAX: (804) 888-2325

Thomas B. Camper, president

Robert Lineburg, vice president

John Camper, vice president

Sales: N/A

Key products: Acrylic and acrylic blends, cotton, polyester, wool and worsteds.

Spinning site: Williamsburg, Va.

In short: Company officials said most of Commonwealth’s growth will come from the spinning of specialty yarns, primarily those of acrylic.

Dixie Yarns Inc.


1100 South Watkins Street

POB 751

Chattanooga, Tenn. 37401

Phone: (615) 698-2501

FAX: (615) 493-7450

Daniel K. Frierson, chairman and chief executive officer

George Smith, president, natural and dyed yarns

Pat Driver, president, Rex Mills division, specialty yarn group

Dave Clarke, president, Threads USA

George Smith, president, Caro-Knits

Sales: $594.6 million

Chief Yarns: Cotton, nylon, rayon, acrylic, polyester and various blends of man-made and natural fibers.

Natural dyed yarn group sites: Chattanooga, Tenn.; Lupton City, Tenn.; Mebane, N.C.; Newton, N.C.; Tyron, N.C., Tarboro, N.C.

Rex Mills sites: Gastonia, N.C. (2)

Threads USA sites: Gastonia, N.C. (4)

Caro-Knit site: Jefferson, S.C.

In short: Battered by lower selling prices, higher cotton costs and substantial severance packages, Dixie struggled through 1993. However, through shifting resources in underperforming areas, such as carpet yarns, cutting costs, deferring capital expenditures and strengthening its management, Dixie should see a turnaround, analysts said.

Dominion Yarn Group


4500 Thimens Blvd.

St. Laurent, Quebec, Canada H4R 2P2

Phone: (514) 333-8990

FAX: (514) 333-8091

Basile Toutoungi, president. Dominion Specialty Yarns

Andre Tracy, vice president, general manager, Dominion Yarn Co.

Alton Conner, president, Dominion Yarn Corp.

Corporate Sales: $1.01 billion

Yarn sales: $220 million

Key yarns: Aramid, blended, cotton carded, cotton combed, knitting, man-made, novelty, open end spun, roving and single.

Specialty yarn plants: Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada; St. Laurent, Quebec Canada, St. Georges de Beauce, Quebec, Canada

Yarn Co. plants: Long Sault, Ontario, Canada, Drummondville, Quebec

Yarn Corp. plants: Landis, N.C. (2); Burlington, N.C.

In short: As part of its overall strategy for its yarn business, Dominion is withdrawing from declining or unprofitable product lines — primarily dyed yarns — and is focusing more on specialty yarns in growth markets, such as natural cotton yarns. The company also has infused about $7.5 million into its specialty yarns division to upgrade and modernize that business segment, the first phase of which is a $3.8 million modernization of a yarn plant in Sherbrooke.

Doran Textiles Inc.


POB 9000

Shelby, N.C. 28151

Phone: (704) 487-2000

FAX: (704) 487-2218

John Fox, chairman

David Roberts, president, chief operating officer

David Miller, vice president

Corporate sales: $215 million

Key yarns: Ring-spun cotton heathers, open-end cotton heathers, packaged-dyed yarns, blended yarns including linen and wool and polyester/cotton heather blends. Yarn sites: Clover, S.C.; Shelby, N.C. (2), Cherryville, N.C.

In short: Doran’s acquisition of a Clover Yarn’s yarn-making facility in June has added to the firm’s offering of ring-spun yarns and should add about $25 million to the bottom line, Miller said. The acquisition also has provided some production relief and has made the company more responsive to its customers, he added.

Glen Raven Mills

1831 North Park Ave.

Glen Raven, N.C. 27215

Phone: (910) 227-6211

FAX: (910) 226-8133

Edmund Gant, chairman

Allen E. Gant Jr., president

Richard Feroe, group vice president, Glen Raven Yarn group

John Duncan, general manager, Glen Touch division

Ronald Stokes, general manager, Norlina division

Charles Grady, general manager, Glenspun division

Sales: N/A

Key Glenspun yarns: Open-end spinner of acrylic yarns for sweater and women’s wear application, solution-dyed and producer-dyed yarns of rayon and acrylic blends, ring-spun and package-dyed acrylic yarns.

Key Norlina yarns: False twist textured yarns of nylon primarily for the pantyhose market, mid-denier yarns for the men’s hosiery business and yarns for tricot laces.

Key Glen Touch yarns: Air-jet textured yarns of nylon, polypropylene and polyester.

Yarn sites: Glen Raven, N.C. (2); Kinston, N.C.; Norlina, N.C., Altamahaw, N.C.

In short: Glenspun acrylic yarns are the key product thrust for Glen Raven, as it takes advantage of higher cotton prices. Natural and solution-dyed yarns are also strong product categories for Glen Raven.

National Spinning Co.

183 Madison Ave.

New York, N.Y. 10016

Phone: (212) 889-3800

FAX: (212) 951-3550

Joseph Leff, chairman and chief executive officer

H. Humphries Jr., vice chairman

Paul Petrov, president

Key yarns: Acrylic, in natural and skein, package- or spun-dyed; rayon, in natural and spun-dyed; polyester, in natural and spun-dyed; blends of wool; blends of acrylic, polyester and rayon; core spun yarns; natural acrylic and rayon microdeniers, and heathers, marls and various specialty yarns.

Sales: N/A

Yarn facilities: Washington, N.C.; Beaulaville, N.C.; Warsaw, N.C., Whiteville, N.C.

In short: National is highlighting its acrylic yarns and various specialty yarns. Petrov said the yarn business is “as good as it’s been in a long time.” He noted that business will be gained from the specialty yarns, and that commodity-type products will still be the strength of the importers.

Pharr Yarns Inc.

100 Main St.

McAdenville, N.C. 28101

Phone: (704) 824-3551

FAX: (704) 824-5706

J.M. Carstarphen, chairman and president

J.J. Chamberlain, executive vice president

Sales: N/A

Key yarns: Dyed-cotton, acrylic, polyester, rayon and worsted wool.

Yarn sites: McAdenville, N.C., Belmont, N.C.

In short: “Cotton yarns plus anything with a surface interest is where any increase in our business is going to be coming from,” Chamberlain said.

SCT Yarns Inc.

1800 S. Watkins St.

POB 791

Chattanooga, Tenn. 37401

Phone: (615) 622-3131

FAX: (615) 493-1844

Joseph W. Thatcher, chairman

J. Don Trotter, president and chief executive officer

Types of yarns: Mercerized (coarse and fine), thread yarns, package dyed yarns, ring-spun and combed. Key fibers include spandex, and California and pima cotton.

Sales: N/A

Plant sites: Cherryville, N.C.; Jefferson, Ga.; Washington, Ga.; Piedmont, Ala., Chattanooga.

In short: SCT is focusing virtually all of its attention on specialty yarns. “We don’t want to have to compete with the commodity-type yarn guys,” said Trotter.

Spectrum Dyed Yarns Inc.

POB 136

Patterson Rd.

Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086

Phone: (704) 739-7401

FAX: (704) 739-7257

Douglas Blanchard, president

Kenny Kanipe, vice president, manufacturing

Types of yarns: Cotton, filament polyester, polyester/cotton blends, spun polyester, rayon, acrylic and various novelty yarns.

Yarn sites: Kings Mountain, N.C.; Belmont, N.C., Hickory, N.C.

Sales: N/A

In short: The company is continuing capital expenditures in equipment and computer technology, as it diversifies into new yarn types. Blanchard noted the company is beginning to ship yarn in South America, Hong Kong, Mexico, Israel and Australia. He predicts that by 2000, 25 percent of the company’s production will go overseas.


7201 Friendly Ave.

POB 19109

Greensboro, N.C. 27419

Phone: (910) 294-4410

FAX: (910) 316-5422

G. Allen Mebane, chairman

William J. Armfield 4th, vice chairman

William T. Kretzer, president and chief executive officer

Chief yarns supplied: Dyed, hosiery, industrial, knitting, textured and weaving. Sales: $1.38 billion

Yarn sites: Staunton, Va.; Sanford, N.C.; Yadkinville, N.C.; Madison, N.C.; Reidsville, N.C.; Archdale, N.C.; Stoneville, N.C., Mayodan, N.C.

In short: Volume continues to increase for nylon and covered yarns, while polyester and spun yarn remain strong.