Bruce Roberts, honored at a luncheon Monday as Textile Man of the Year by the United Jewish Appeal-Federation, used the opportunity to give a succinct outlook on trade issues for the domestic textile industry.

“This is a time of tremendous change,” Roberts said to 350 textile executives at New York’s Rainbow Room. “The passage of two trade bills has given our industry one of two choices: We can either cry about them, or, we can use them as an opportunity. We are on the cutting edge of technology, and we have a superior industry.”

Roberts, executive director of the 150-member-firm Textile Distributors Association — comprising chiefly New York-based mills and converters — was cited for his “outstanding support for the UJA-Federation of New York.”

The event raised more than $1.1 million for the UJA-Federation 1994 campaign and for Operation Exodus, Phase II. Carl Rosen, president of JPS Converter and Industrial Corp., served as the luncheon’s chairman.

Joe Brodie, retired partner of JBJ Fabrics, also received a UJA special achievement award.

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