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ATHF Inducts Class Of 2003

ATHF Inducts Class Of 2003The American Textile Hall of Fame (ATHF), housed at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Mass., honored its two newest members at an induction ceremony held last month at the museum. ATHFs Class of 2003 includes Dalton McMichael Sr. (1914-2001), Madison, N.C.; and The Draper Corp., Hopedale, Mass.McMichael was recognized for his leadership in the development of industrial processes used to prepare man-made fibers for the manufacture of end-products. He was a co-founder of Madison Throwing Co.; MacField Texturizing and Vintage Yarns, which merged with Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C.; and Mayo Yarns, now part of Frontier Spinning Mills, Sanford, N.C.The Draper Corp., a family-owned textile machinery manufacturer that operated from 1816 until the 1970s, was the worlds largest textile machinery company at the height of its success. Notable developments over the course of its history include founder Ira Drapers self-acting loom temple and George F. Drapers Northrup automatic loom, introduced in the 1890s. October 2003




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