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ATHM Inducts Scotese, Shima Into 2012 Hall Of Fame

The American Textile History Museum (ATHM), Lowell, Mass., has inducted Peter G. Scotese and Masahiro Shima, Ph.D., into the American Textile Hall of Fame (ATHF), Class of 2012. ATHF recognizes individuals, corporations and institutions that have contributed significantly to the U.S. textile industry.

Scotese's textile industry career spanned 35 years. In 1969, he became the first non-family member to be named president of home textiles manufacturer Springs Industries Inc., Fort Mill, S.C. He continued to serve as CEO until his retirement in 1981. He is credited with leading Springs during a strong period of long-term growth.

Shima, founder, president and CEO of Shima Seiki Manufacturing Ltd., Japan, is the first non-American ATHF inductee. He founded the company at the age of 24 to develop the first fully automated glove knitting machine. The company debuted its WHOLEGARMENT® knitting technology in 1995. It opened Shima Seiki U.S.A. in Monroe Township, N.J., in 1987 and the Shima Seiki Design Center in New York City in 2006. The design center offers full-service consultation and production services to the North American apparel industry.

Left to right: Karl Spilhaus, chairman, ATHM Board of Trustees; George Shuster, chairman, ATHF Committee; Toshio Nakashima, accepting on behalf of Hall of Fame inductee Masahiro Shima, Ph.D.; Hall of Fame inductee Peter G. Scotese; and Jonathan Stevens, president and CEO, ATHM.

September/October 2012