NEW YORK — John Gregg, a longtime fiber executive, died July 6 in Raleigh, N.C., following a prolonged battle with brain cancer . He was 60.
Gregg was in the fiber industry for his entire business career and was primarily associated with rayon. He started as a salesman with American Viscose Corp., and, after a short period with Chemstrand and a stint with the U.S. Army, rejoined American Viscose in 1957. After FMC Corp. acquired American Viscose, he eventually became vice president of FMC’s fibers division.
In 1975, he headed a leveraged buyout of FMC’s fibers operations, which became Avtex Fibers Corp. He was chairman and chief executive officer of Avtex until its closing in 1989.
Active in the textile industry’s campaigns for control of imports, he launched successful anti-dumping actions against European rayon imports in the Eighties. Gregg was the first chairman of the Fiber, Fabric & Apparel Coalition for Trade (FFACT), a multi-industry group that was formed to enact legislation to set quota growth for apparel and textile imports, attempts that passed Congress but ended with presidential vetoes.
He also served as president of the Man-made Fibers Association, now the American Fiber Manufacturers Association.
Gregg developed brain cancer in his later years with Avtex and he became incapacitated.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, a son and three daughters.