PAWTUCKET, R.I. — November 1, 2011 — The Cooley Group, a leading developer and manufacturer of
high-performance commercial fabrics based on sustainable chemistry, announced today that it has
been chosen by The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA) to receive the 2011 John Hazen
White Sr., Commitment to Manufacturing Award. Accepting the award on Cooley’s behalf is
Cooley Group Chairman, P. Robert Siener, Jr., who joined the organization in 1947. The award will
be formally presented to Mr. Siener at a black-tie ceremony on Saturday, November 5 at the Rhode
Island State House.
“I am pleased to accept this award on behalf of all the Cooley employees who have been
instrumental to our proven performance over the past 85 years,” said Bob Siener. “Our people
and our focus on developing innovative solutions based on sustainable chemistry have made Cooley a
global leader in engineered membranes and commercial graphics.”
Cooley Group is credited with a number of industry-first innovations that have pioneered the
way commercial fabrics are used today. The Cooley Group’s chemistry and fabrics are used in some of
the world’s most notable initiatives including the iconic 2012 London Olympic Stadium Wrap, the
first solar-powered billboard in Times Square, Formula 1 race car fuel tank liners, and floating
booms to help control the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
Mr. Siener, who will accept the award on behalf of the Cooley Group, is a well-known and
respected leader in both the manufacturing and business arena. He has presided over much of
Cooley’s innovation, growth and performance. Over the course of his career, Mr. Siener is credited
with transforming Cooley from just another Rhode Island textile company into a global manufacturer
with product sales in over 20 countries on six continents.
“The Cooley Group is delighted to be honored with such a prestigious award from an
organization that has long held the respect of the entire Rhode Island business community,” said
Cooley Group CEO, Dan Dwight. “We are very proud of our 85-year performance and passionate about
our commitment to continue our expansion in Rhode Island and around the globe.”
The award, presented annually since 2001, is bestowed upon an organization that has
demonstrated growth and made significant contributions to the community in which they reside.
Criteria for determining each year’s winner include commitment to employees, commitment to
suppliers, commitment to customers and commitment to community.
Posted on November 1, 2011
Source: The Cooley Group