ON WITH THE NEW

The Manufacturing Solutions Center and the Textile Technology Center are key to the survival, the growth of the industries they serve. The Manufacturing Solutions Center was created 22 years ago as the Hosiery Technology Center. The Textile Technology Center, originally the Center for Applied Textiles Technology, has a history of almost 60 years.

Now both are going through a change. Positive change.

Recently, an official ceremony was held to break ground for a new $3 million home for the Manufacturing Solutions Center. U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, N.C. Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, and U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry headlined the list of dignitaries who played a role in securing funds. All referred to the tenacity of Director Dan St. Louis who has guided the center since its creation at Catawba Valley Community College in 1990. St. Louis personally lobbied in federal and state offices to secure funds for a center that also will become a small business incubator–or “business accelerator.”

Funds for the center have been awarded to the City of Conover which will lease the building at a nominal fee to Catawba Valley Community College. A November completion date is expected.

The Textile Technology Center this month will have a new director. Sam Buff assumes the position upon the retirement of John Anderson who six years ago re-invigorated a troubled program that was placed under the management of Gaston College. Buff has worked with Anderson during his tenure and the selection committee expressed confidence he can maintain the significant momentum created by Anderson.

SOME CHANGE, BUT …

Some 40 percent of the Senate seats will see no political party change. Republicans will hold 11 seats with no Democratic opposition. Nine seats are safe for Democrats. In the House the ratio of “safe” partisan seats is about the same.

Republicans and Democrats have primaries in most districts. But some, including Sen. Harry Brown, Sen. Rick Gunn, and Sen. Fletcher Hartsell, Republicans, and Democratic Senators Josh Stein, Floyd McKissick, and Dan Blue have a free pass with no opposition.

OUR MEMBERSHIP GOALS

The Hosiery and Textiles Governmental Affairs Council is dedicated to the preserving financial support for our centers. Our goal includes encouraging legislators to provide sufficient funds to protect the thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in sales generated by our companies. This involves constant contact with House and Senate leaders and appropriations decision-makers.

Your membership underwrite an ongoing lobbying and public information program extending throughout the 12 months of the year. If your company has not done so, we urge you to become a member. Your return on investment is access to testing, professional assistance in development of new products, research and development services, and marketing support.

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