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2016 Roger Milliken Defender of Manufacturing Award


December 2016


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.


Please contact us by e-mail or telephone, if you would like further information about this product.


NCTO Elects New Chairman for 2016

NCTO Elects New Chairman for 2016


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Robert H. Chapman III, Chairman, CEO and Treasurer of Inman Mills was elected to serve as Chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) for 2016 at the group’s 13th Annual Meeting held April 12-14 at The Capital Hilton hotel located in Washington, D.C. Inman Mills is a family-owned textile company headquartered in Inman, SC that manufactures yarns and fabrics –


Elected as NCTO Vice Chairman for 2016 was William V. McCrary Jr., President & CEO of William Barnet and Son LLC. Barnet is a global fiber, yarn and resin manufacturer. The company’s head office is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


Read the full article here


American Fiber Manufacturers Association Endorses Trans-Pacific Partnership

American Fiber Manufacturers Association

Endorses Trans-Pacific Partnership


Arlington VA – At the winter meeting of its Board of Directors in Tampa, FL, the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) voted to formally support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. The final TPP text had been signed at a meeting in Auckland, NZ on February 4, 2016, by the United States and eleven other countries.

AFMA’s Board recognized the special care given to fiber producer’s analysis and advice by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and his team across more than five years of intense and complicated multi-country negotiations. “Inclusion in the final TPP text of the yarn-forward textile rule of origin so critical to U.S. fiber and yarn producers underpins our endorsement” stated AFMA Chairman William McCrary, Jr. at the conclusion of the Association’s Board meeting. He added “. . . this important trade provision is now intact in U.S. free trade agreements with over twenty countries, a consistent outcome that assures an integrity in U.S trade policy so important to America’s manufactured fiber producers, workers, and communities”.

The AFMA Board took note of the recent TPP endorsement by the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO). AFMA and its members will continue to work with NCTO in the pursuit of public policies important to the success and prosperity of the entire American textile supply chain.

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

Barnet Europe certified according to ISO 9001:2008.

Barnet Europe Fair Booth Fakuma 2015

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

AFMA Chairman

AFMA Chairman

William V. McCrary Jr. of William Barnet and Son, LLC. has been elected Chairman of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association, Inc. The American Fiber Manufacturers Association, Inc. (AFMA) is the trade association for U.S. companies that manufacture synthetic and cellulosic fibers. AFMA exists to promote the U. S. Fiber Industry and also advocates on behalf of the industry on a broad range of regulatory and international trade issues.  The industry employs 27 thousand people and produces over 6 billion pounds of fiber in the U.S. Annual domestic sales exceed $8 billion. Membership is limited to U.S. producers that sell manufactured fiber in the open market. The Association maintains close ties to other manufactured fiber trade associations worldwide. The Association's Board of Directors is made up of senior executives from each of AFMA's member companies. Most AFMA programs are managed through committees and task groups of policy and technical experts from the companies.


Mr. McCrary is President, Chief Executive Officer, and principal shareholder of Barnet, a synthetic fibers/yarn/polymers company with presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia.  He has been in his present position since 2001 and with the company in a variety of responsibilities since 1970.  Mr. McCrary has served on a number of boards – both business and community – over the years.


SCMA Safety Award


In March 2014, The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) recognized 105 manufacturing plant sites throughout the State for outstanding workplace safety accomplishments during 2013.   Facilities with a low rate of incidents resulting in lost workdays, job transfers or restrictions were nominated for recognition. Plants submitting an incidence rate below the statewide average for their NAICS code received an award. "To ensure a successful business environment for South Carolina manufacturers, it is essential that we also ensure a safe working environment for our associates," said Scott Coleman, SCMA Plant Safety Conference Chairman and HR Manager for Sage Automotive Interiors.  "We are proud to recognize the achievements of so many manufacturing facilities for meeting and exceeding the standards of this ambitious award. By making the safety and health  a top priority, it is evident that manufacturers across the State are committed to providing a safer, more prosperous South Carolina." Both Barnet Polymers, LLC and William Barnet & Son, LLC were recipients of this award.