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Charles A Hayes Dies At Age 68

Charles A. HayesDies At Age 68Charles A. (Chuck) Hayes, chairman of Guilford Mills and past president of ATMI and the North Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association, died Sunday, July 22 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He was 68. Hayes dedicated more than 50 years of his life to the textile industry. He began his career with Guilford Mills, Greensboro, N.C., in the early 1960s as head of the companys dyeing and finishing operations. He rose through the ranks of Guilford, helping to turn the one-plant operation into a dominant force in the textile industry during his tenure as CEO from 1971 to 1999. The company ultimately earned a spot on the Fortune 500 in 1988.Chucks life was spent around the building up of Guilford Mills. It was like his child, his baby, said John A. Emrich, president and CEO of Guilford Mills. He was a great friend, a tremendous help, Emrich said.Hayes held several positions within Washington-based ATMI before being elected president for the March 2001-March 2002 term. He was the first knitter in the organizations history to be elected president.He had a compassion for the textile industry and the people in it, said Roger W. Chastain, president, Mount Vernon Mills.Hayes brought this compassion to ATMIs table, making unity the theme of his tenure. His objective was to give all sectors of the textile industry a unified voice.Chuck was unswerving in his commitment to this industry, said ATMI Chairman Van May, and the leadership he showed and the steadfast faith he had in American textile manufacturing and in ATMI will be missed.In addition to his professional accomplishments, Hayes was a philanthropist, donating time and money to literacy causes in the community. He served on the University of North Carolina - Greensboro Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1991, serving as chairman for six years. He pledged more than $600,000 to the school to endow a professorship at the School of Education. Hayes received distinctions for his roles in industry and community, including: service awards from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro; the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce; and the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. Hayes also was recognized as the 1984 North Carolina State University Psi Psi Fraternity Textile Man of the Year. August 2002