American Textile Hall Of Fame Inducts First Members

American Textile Hall Of FameInducts First MembersRoger Milliken, Samuel Slater and Duke Power became the first three inductees to The American Textile Hall of Fame (ATHF) in ceremonies September 10 in Lowell, Mass.ATHF is a newly established program that honors dedication and commitment to the textile industry. The program will be housed permanently at the American textile History Museum in Lowell.Milliken, CEO of Spartanburg, S.C.-based MillikenandCompany, is recognized throughout the world for his lifelong commitment to excellence, innovation, leadership development, environmental protection and continous quality improvement in every aspect of textile development and manufacturing.Samuel Slater (1768-1835) was a textile pioneer and was known as the Father of American Industry. Slater was skilled in the operation of cotton textile machinery and in the management of textile businesses. His 1793 factory building is preserved today as the Slater Mill Historic Site in Pawtucket, R.I. Samuel Slater of Coatsville, Pa., the great-great-great-great grandson of the textile pioneer, was present to accept the award on behalf of his ancestor.Duke Power, an electric utility based in Charlotte, N.C., was founded in the Southeast in the early 1900s to provide power for textile plants.October 2001