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KTA NTA To Merge To Form National Textile Association

KTA, NTA To MergeTo Form National Textile AssociationThe membership of the Knitted Textile Association (KTA), New York City, and the Board of Directors of the Boston-based Northern Textile Association (NTA) recently announced plans to merge the two entities to form the National Textile Association. The membership of NTA is expected to ratify the merger at its annual meeting in late September.Karl Spilhaus will preside over the new association. Spilhaus has headed the NTA since 1979.John Emrich, KTA president and president and CEO of Guilford Mills Inc., Greensboro, N.C., fully supported the decision.The National Textile Association, to be located in Boston, will hold its 2003 annual meeting at a yet-to-be-announced location in the South. Subsequent meetings will alternate between the North and the South. The new entity will represent approximately 175 companies.The merger is supported by Roger Milliken, CEO, MillikenandCompany, Spartanburg, who stated, Two hard working groups have joined to form one strong effective voice for the American textile industry.Noting the new association will have membership in 31 states, Jonathan Stevens, president, Ames Textile Corp., Lowell, Mass., also voiced support for consolidation. September 2002