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Innovation Award Flash Report

Flash Report Avondale Receives TW Innovation Award In these uncertain times, it is refreshing to see a company that is more than a century old still making innovative waves in the textile industry.Avondale Mills, Inc., a company committed to delivering high-quality, low-cost utilitywear fabrics, denim and sales yarn, was honored by Textile World at a luncheon in June at the Cherokee TownandCountry Club in Atlanta.G. Stephen Felker, chairman, president and CEO of Avondale, was presented the Textile World 2002 Innovation Award by Douglas C. Billian, chairman and CEO of Billian Publishing Inc., publisher of Textile World. 

My hat is off to the extraordinary skill with which Avondale operating associates produce customized product in a mass-production environment. At the same time, our technical and marketing associates must design in an environment burdened by restraints imposed by consumers in terms of price points, and our manufacturers in terms of practicality, Felker said in accepting the award.Our customers should stand beside us in this moment of honor for the guidance they provide in product development, as should our suppliers for their role in solving execution challenges, he added. 
Guests gathered at Atlanta's Cherokee TownandCountry Club for the TW 2002Innovation Award luncheon.
Douglas C. Billian (left) presentsthe 2002 TW Innovation Award toG. Stephen Felker. 
Left to right: Avondale's Kelley Wassermann, Delen Boyd, Tony Roysterand South Bryan
Richard Swearengin (left) and Tim Stansell, Avondale 
Dott. Rino Morani gave a special recognition award to Felker from Savio S.p.A. for Avondale's dedication to advanced technology.
Mike Lollis (left) and Zami Aberman with Elbit Vision Systems 
Fritz Legler (left), Sulzer Textil, greetsMorani, Savio,while Ueli Schmid, Rieter Corp., stands nearby.
Bill McAndrew (left) and Neil Bradberry, Zima Corp., chat with Stephen Felker, Jr., Avondale. 
Left to Right: Andy Kukic, Noveon;with Tony Royster and Lee Willing, Avondale  August 2002