Werner Bieri, the founding chief executive officer of Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., died Saturday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, after a long fight with leukemia, the company said Tuesday. He was 60.

Bieri’s experience in the global textile market spanned more than 25 years. He served as managing director of parent company Hermann Bühler AG, based in Sennhof, Switzerland, for 11 years before launching Buhler Quality Yarns in Jefferson, Ga., in 1996. Under his helm, Buhler Quality Yarns survived the upheaval of the American textiles industry to become one of the leaders in the sector today.

Today, Buhler Quality Yarns maintains 32,000 spindles in Georgia, where it produces a variety of yarns for customers in the Western Hemisphere. Buhler is considered the leading supplier of fine-count yarns in the U.S., with annual sales of $37 million.

Bieri also served on the executive board of the National Council of Textile Organizations, was a board member of Cotton Council International and the National Cotton Council, and was a member of the spinners committee in the International Textile Manufacturers Institute. He was also a member of the Cotton Board from 2001 until his death.

He is survived by his wife, Astuti Sari; two daughters, Carolina Sari and Cassandra Dewi; two sisters, Heidi Bieri and Marlies Rubin, and a brother, Ernest. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, Mass., 01202, or lls.org/#/waystohelp/donate.

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