ICS Magazine

Textile industry group cuts jobs

January 16, 2002
The textile industry's leading lobbying group unveiled a round of job cuts after fighting to preserve jobs in the struggling manufacturing sector.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI), the textile industry's leading lobbying group, unveiled a round of job cuts on Jan. 15. ATMI announced the restructuring plan that includes consolidating and eliminating several high level staff positions.

After months of work by ATMI's officers, the new plan will re-focus some of the organization's efforts while achieving downsizing economies. It had been fighting to preserve jobs in the struggling manufacturing sector, also announced that executive vice president Carlos Moore will leave his current post and work part time for the Washington-based group on trade policy and cotton issues.

"After two decades of challenging and exciting work at ATMI, I concluded that now was a good time for me to step aside," said Moore "This will provide a smooth succession for ATMI and I will also be able to take advantage of opportunities to do consulting on trade and other issues."

The moves by ATMI, which represents about 200 textile manufacturers and suppliers, are designed to cut expenses.

"Bankruptcies, consolidations and plant closings due to unfairly priced Asian imports and the recent economic slowdown have taken a toll on us all,'" said ATMI president Chuck Hayes, chairman of Greensboro-based Guilford Mills Inc. "The restructured ATMI will better reflect the size and composition of the industry it serves."

Eliminated positions include deputy executive vice president and chief lobbyist Doug Bulcao, chief economist David Link and membership director Ron Floor. Hayes said the changes keep ATMI well positioned to meet its objectives when Congress reconvenes in late January.

ATMI is the national trade association of the textile mill products industry with members engaged in the manufacture of yarns, fabrics, home furnishings and other textile products. For more information, got to www.atmi.org.