KTA NTA To Merge To Form National Textile Association

KTA, NTA To MergeTo Form National Textile AssociationThe membership of the Knitted Textile
Association (KTA), New York City, and the Board of Directors of the Boston-based Northern Textile
Association (NTA) recently announced plans to merge the two entities to form the National Textile
Association. The membership of NTA is expected to ratify the merger at its annual meeting in late
September.Karl Spilhaus will preside over the new association. Spilhaus has headed the NTA since
1979.John Emrich, KTA president and president and CEO of Guilford Mills Inc., Greensboro, N.C.,
fully supported the decision.The National Textile Association, to be located in Boston, will hold
its 2003 annual meeting at a yet-to-be-announced location in the South. Subsequent meetings will
alternate between the North and the South. The new entity will represent approximately 175
companies.The merger is supported by Roger Milliken, CEO, MillikenandCompany, Spartanburg, who
stated, Two hard working groups have joined to form one strong effective voice for the American
textile industry.Noting the new association will have membership in 31 states, Jonathan Stevens,
president, Ames Textile Corp., Lowell, Mass., also voiced support for consolidation.
September 2002