Sustainability Core to Resurgence of America’s Textile Industry - NCTO Textures Magazine 2017
Chuck Hall, President and COO of William Barnet and Son, LLC was interviewed recently for an article in Textures Magazine, produced by the National Council of Textile Organizations. Below is a reproduction of the article, and you can access the full publication to the NCTO Magazine by clicking here.
Sustainability Core to Resurgence of America’s Textile Industry
Recycling everything from plastic bottles to old fabrics, U.S. textile manufacturers are protecting our environment in innovative ways.
Sustainability is crucial to protecting the earth’s future, and America’s textile industry is doing its part in many ways. From plastic bottles to old fabrics, U.S. textile manufacturers are finding innovative ways to incorporate recycled materials into a broad array of consumer and industrial goods. This aggressive development of sustainable American textiles has created the need for recycling specialists within the domestic industry.
William Barnet & Son is a manufacturing, recycling and trading company operating sales and manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Central America. The company traces its roots to 1898 and specializes in many synthetic post-industrial materials including polyester, nylon and acrylic.
Acquiring raw materials like tire remnants, old airbags and discarded carpet that would otherwise be destined for a landfill, Barnet recycles these used materials into fibers and yarns for textiles for numerous markets, including construction, filtration systems, bedding, furniture, roofing and autos.
Barnet’s newest project is a joint venture with Albis Plastic of Hamburg, Germany. Albis is a specialist in the design and compounding of plastics used in automotive components in Europe. The company is building a production facility for engineering plastic compounds in Duncan, South Carolina, where Barnet operates a recycling facility. By colocating, Albis and Barnet plan to collaborate on the manufacturing of advanced plastic compounds. This joint venture is a $14 million investment that will create up to
60 new jobs.
“Our joint venture with Albis is a win-win,” said Chuck Hall, vice president for sales and manufacturing with Barnet. “It enables us to expand our reach into the Southeast’s growing automotive supply chain and gives Albis a base in North America. By working together, we can achieve our strategic goals much more quickly than we could by working alone.”
Sustainability encompassing all types of textiles
While William Barnet & Son focuses on sustainability in the world of synthetics, Goetz & Sons of Dallas, Texas, is contributing to the sustainability of the cotton industry. A buyer and global seller of cotton waste products, the company has processing plants in Louisiana and Texas and warehousing and sales/purchasing offices in California and South Carolina.
Byproducts of cotton ginning include motes, a cotton-bearing waste stream produced during the final cleaning of raw cotton. Motes can be semi-cleaned at the gin, put in shippable bales and sold to the cotton re-gin trade. Goetz & Sons buys semi-cleaned motes from gins across the U.S. cotton belt and further cleans them for use in low-count yarns for products such as denim and canvas boat bags. Re-ginned motes are also a raw material for cotton balls, ear swabs and make-up removal pads.
“Our company handles about 25 million pounds of cotton fibers every year,” said Jack Goetz, president of Goetz & Sons. “We are pleased to have many markets where we can place our raw material. This allows us to pay a nice price to the gins for a product that only a few short decades ago was otherwise taken to a landfill or burned on-site at the gins.”
Textiles sustainability advancing with technology, innovation
As to how far the U.S. textile industry can take sustainability, the sky’s the limit. Advancing technology and a focus on innovation touch everyday lives by making America greener and cleaner. It is a virtual certainty that if you walk around your house, peek into your car or check out a construction site, you will encounter a textile product made from recycled material. The fact that it is nearly impossible to discern recycled material from a non-recycled product is a testament to the ingenuity and emphasis on quality that permeate the U.S. recycled-textile production chain.
“One of the most important elements in recycling is the way in which sustainability is built into product design,” Hall said. “I’m not aware of any company today that approaches product design without considering how the product can be recycled at the end of its useful life. This is one of the many reasons the U.S. textile industry is making strides in sustainability for the benefit of everyone.”
NCTO Elects South Carolina Fiber Manufacturing CEO as 2017 Chairman
Washington, DC - The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held its 14th Annual Meeting March 21-23 in Washington, DC. Elected as NCTO officers for 2017 are:
- Chairman - William "Bill" V. McCrary Jr.
- Mr. McCrary is Chairman and CEO of William Barnet and Son, LLC. a synthetic fiber/yarn/polymer firm headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina with plants and/or offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
- Mr. McCrary also served as 2016 NCTO Vice Chairman
- Vice Chairman - Mary Moran
- Mr. Moran is CEO of Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., a leading fine-count yarn supplier with a manufacturing plant and its U.S. headquarters in Jefferson, Georgia.
NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers.
- U.S employment in the textile supply chain was 565,000 in 2016
- The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $74.4 billion last year, a nearly 11% increase since 2009.
- U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $26.3 billing in 2016.
- Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totaled $2 billion in 2015, the last year for which data is available.
2016 Roger Milliken Defender of Manufacturing Award
The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance is pleased to announce that Speaker Jay Lucas and Bill McCrary with William Barnet & Son are the 2016 recipients of the Roger Milliken Defender of Manufacturing Award. The recipients will be honored during the awards dinner on Thursday, December 8 at the Marriott in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Established in 2006, the Defender of Manufacturing Award recognizes individuals in the public and private sectors who have worked to advance the manufacturing industry in South Carolina.
In 2012, the SCMA Board of Directors voted to rename the award to honor Mr. Roger Milliken, who passed away in December, 2010. The Defender of Manufacturing Award is the most prestigious honor from the SCMA.
William “Bill” McCrary Jr.
Bill McCrary is the President and Chief Executive Officer of William Barnet & Son, LLC, a synthetic fiber/yarn/polymer firm with plants and/or offices in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He has served in this position since 2001, and has been with the company since 1970 in a variety of responsibilities.
Bill has served in a leadership capacity for a variety of boards during his career that include roles as Chairman of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, Chairman of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association, and, beginning in early 2017, he will serve as Chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations. He is also a member of the Palmetto Business Forum. Recently, he has spent more time focusing on and supporting various projects in the Greenville community that are currently under construction, such as the McCrary Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit at the Greenville Hospital System and the Cancer Survivors Park.
Born in Anderson, South Carolina, Bill graduated from the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1964, and from Duke University with a BSME in 1968. He has two sons and four grandchildren. Both sons are employed by the company.
William Barnet & Son and ALBIS PLASTIC launch Joint Venture in the USA
- ALBIS Barnet Polymers LLC: Recycling and repelletizing of post-industrial raw materials as the basis for ALTECH® ECO products
- Set-up of a new plant for compounding of technical compounds in the US
- Acquisition of Barnet polymer activities in Europe
Hamburg, September 1, 2016.
Together with William Barnet & Son, LLC, a specialist in the production, recycling, and trading of fibers, yarn and polymers, ALBIS PLASTIC GmbH founded a joint venture on September 1, 2016 – ALBIS Barnet Polymers LLC, with ALBIS PLASTIC as the majority shareholder. The headquarters of this joint venture will be located in Duncan, South Carolina.
Read more in our Press Release.
Polyester High Tenacity – Flame Retardant
Apart from our broad assortment of various types of Polyester High Tenacity Yarns, our portfolio of flame retardant Polyester High Tenacity yarns has become more extensive during the last few months, as the flame retardant property is becoming more and more important in various textile applications. We offer dtex 550 up to 5500 in raw white but also in various colors and twist levels.
As these yarns are made out of polymers containing a flame retardant additive, the washing and abrasion resistance is much higher compared to adding a flame retardant finish to the final product.
With a Limited Oxygen Index of 39 the yarn fulfills the requirements of nearly all norms.
We carry stock in dtex 550 and 1100 in the colors white and black, but other colors are also available on request.
2016 AFMA Scholarship Award
AFMA Announces Winner of the
2016 Paul T. O’Day Scholarship
ARLINGTON, VA. March 24, 2016 --- The American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) announces Mr. Matthew Lamb of Greensboro, N.C. as the recipient of the 2016 Paul T. O’Day Scholarship Award. Matthew will graduate in June an AP Scholar with Distinction from Grimsley High School, Greensboro, North Carolina. He will pursue a major in engineering and has applied to the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and North Carolina State University.
Matthew is ranked in the top five of his class and has received numerous Superior Achievement and Excellence Awards in Math, Science and English. In additional to his outstanding academic record, Matthew has been a part of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, All State Orchestra and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He is Captain of the JV soccer team and has been a member of both the JV and Varsity teams for the past 4 years. Matthew was also appointed executive officer of Service Learning Ambassadors at Grimsley High School and leads a team of volunteers to help fellow students and families in the community.
AFMA Board Chairman William V. McCrary, Jr., CEO of William Barnet & Son, LLC, commented, “We are pleased to recognize Mr. Lamb’s exceptional record of achievements with his selection as the 2016 recipient of the Paul T. O’Day scholarship. All of us on the AFMA Board of Directors congratulate Mr. Lamb and wish him every success in his academic career.”
The AFMA Board established the scholarship program in 2014 in honor of Paul T. O’Day who has served as AFMA’s President for three decades. Scholarship recipients receive a $5,000 award each year, totaling $20,000 for four years of study. Sons or daughters of AFMA member company employees are eligible to apply. Mr. Lamb’s father, Daniel Lamb, is an employee of Nilit America Inc.
The American Fiber Manufacturers Association is the U.S. national trade association representing the interests of America’s manufactured fiber producers and the official source for U.S. fiber industry data. Information on the Association’s activities and products is displayed on the AFMA FiberSource website at www.fibersource.com.
Barnet Europe certified according to ISO 9001:2008.
Barnet Europe is proud to announce that we are now certified according to ISO 9001:2008. We received the Certificate on January 25th 2016. ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization and the Certificate shows an adherence to a Quality Management System.
Our decision to become ISO 9001:2008 certified further demonstrates our commitment to providing high quality products and services to all our current and future customers and it will also make our organisation function as efficiently as possible.
In order to maintain our certification, Barnet Europe will perform audits to ensure that our policies and practices continue to meet the standard and also to assess initiatives for ongoing improvement.
The certificate can be downloaded here Certifications