America (TYAA), Gastonia, N.C., plans to implement several changes to take it in a new direction in
response to the changing face of the textile industry.
Daniel McRae, vice president, membership, said TYAA plans to enlarge its focus both
vertically and laterally, and invite other textile industry segments to participate in the
association. As a signal of this evolving focus, the association will change its name to Synthetic
Yarn & Fiber Association (SYFA).
“The past few years have been difficult for everyone in the US textile industry,” McRae
said. “Textured yarn is a very specific segment of the industry, and we want to expand our
association to be more inclusive of other textile companies. We will be inviting the whole man-made
yarn and fiber industry, and also will include our downstream customers, as well as lateral
segments such as carpet and industrial fibers.”
McRae said TYAA’s Winter Conference — scheduled for March 21 at the Speedway Club at Lowe’s
Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. — will feature a look back at the history of the association and
the industry by Norman Cohen, TYAA’s founder and first president. The program also will include an
address by Mike Hubbard, vice president, NCTO; and a look toward the future by Chas Scott, TYAA’s
The organization’s Summer Conference and 2006 Annual Meeting is expected to be the first to
be held under the SYFA name. That event will take place July 26-29 at the Marriott Grand Dunes
Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C.