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SYFA Fall 2013 Conference To Focus On Textiles Resurgence

The Clover, S.C.-based Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association (SYFA) will hold its 2013 Fall Conference, titled "Resurgence of Textiles Back in the Region," September 26-27 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Charlotte.

"After many struggles and corporate restructures, the textile industry has a promising future," SYFA states. "Competitive labor, energy costs and transportation costs, along with other factors, are bringing textile plants and jobs back to the U.S. and within the NAFTA/CAFTA regions."

Donald Sabbarese, Ph.D., a professor of economics at Kennesaw, Ga.-based Kennesaw State University (KSU) and director of KSU's Econometric Center, will present the conference's keynote speech, titled "How Sustainable Is the U.S. Economy Without The Federal Reserve's Quantitative Easing?"

Presentations will be held on Thursday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and will include: "Lots of Changes, More of the Same: Domestic & International Freight Market Update," by Matt Foster, M33 Integrated Solutions; "Resurgence of Textiles - Back in the Region," by Krishna Jhunjhunwala, Sarla Performance Fibers, Chuck Horne, Hornewood Inc., and Dale Arnold, Burlington Worldwide, and moderated by Alisdair Carmichael, PCI Fibres (Americas); "Gildan - Continuing Investments in the Region," by Chuck Ward, Gildan Activewear Inc.; "Down to the Wire: Trans-Pacific Partnership by 2014?" by Mike Hubbard, National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO); "Global and Local Synthetic Fibers Review," by Alisdair Carmichael, PCI Fibres (Americas); "Value Engineering in Spinning Technology - Flexible Production of Manmade Fibers," Wolfgang Ernst, Ph.D., BB Engineering GmbH; and "Retail's Pivot: What, Why and When," by Kim Hall, Springs Creative Products Group LLC.

SYFA conference sponsors include: William Barnet and Son LLC, Kinston, N.C.; Crypton Super Fabrics, West Bloomfield Township, Mich.; DAK Americas LLC, Charlotte; Glen Raven Inc., Glen Raven, N.C.; Goulston Technologies Inc., Monroe, N.C.; the Industrial Fabrics Association International, Roseville, Minn.; M33 Integrated Solutions, Greenville; Michael S. Becker Inc., Burlington, N.C.; Milliken & Company, Spartanburg; Nan Ya Plastics Corp. USA, Livingston, N.J.; NCTO, Washington, and Gastonia, N.C.; Oerlikon Barmag, Charlotte; O'Mara Inc., Rutherford College, N.C.; PCI Fibres (Americas), Spartanburg; PolySpintex Inc., Charlotte; Precision Fabrics Group Inc., Greensboro; Premiere Fibers Inc., Ansonville, N.C.; Pulcra Chemicals LLC, Rock Hill, S.C.; Taiji Group USA Inc., Conover, N.C.; Messe Frankfurt USA's Techtextil North America exhibition, Atlanta; Textile World , Atlanta; and Repreve® recycled fibers by Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C.

SYFA states its mission is "to promote the production and improvement of synthetic yarns and fibers and to facilitate various end uses."

For more information about the SYFA Fall 2013 Conference, contact Kim Pettit +704-589-5895; kpettit@thesyfa.org.

September 3, 2013