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Celebrating A Milestone

Family-owned yarn supply company celebrates 75 years in business.

Jennifer Dennard, Managing Editor

I n 1930, Saul Rosen formed United Yarn Products Inc. and began selling natural fiber yarns, including silk yarn waste, in Paterson, N.J. the United States first planned industrial city, which became known as Silk City because of its dominant silk production industry. That business decision has evolved into a thriving Wayne, N.J.-based business that supplies a variety of man-made yarns for the industrial and domestic textile markets that celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. It is a company that encompasses a number of businesses, and is still owned and operated by the Rosen family.  Saul's son Martin is president, and his son Arthur is vice president.

Building A Business
Rosen was an ambitious businessman, creating Fiberspun in 1960 - a yarn-processing operation in Staunton, Va., that included texturing, beaming, rewinding and twisting operations. That facility was sold to Greensboro, N.C.-based Unifi Inc. in 1988.

In addition, Rosen built a strong relationship with DuPont, processing packaged filament nylon and Dacron® polyester. This relationship enabled United Yarn to expand its distribution business and extend its range of products and target markets.

United Yarn transitioned its relationship from DuPont to INVISTA Inc., Wichita, Kan., when Invista was spun off from DuPont Textiles and Interiors. The company now supplies Invista branded products containing Lycra® elastane, Tactel® and Supplex® nylon, and CoolMax® polyester to the narrow- and warp-knit fabric markets.

United Yarn entered into a joint venture in 1992 to establish American Drawtech Co., a business that produces fully drawn flat polyester yarns for apparel, industrial and home furnishings markets. Two years later, company principals purchased affiliate business Kennetex Inc., a manufacturer of texturized and space-dyed polyester fully oriented and partially oriented yarns.In 2001, United Yarn created the Industrial Filaments Group to aid it in providing higher efficiency and service for its customers in the industrial textiles market. The group manufactures custom-designed high-tenacity polyester and high-quality nylon 6 and 6,6.

Continuing Success
With past successes comes the knowledge that future gains are possible if the company remains focused keeping a pulse on industry trends and customer needs, upgrading operations and improving products and capabilities.Throughout our history we have been dedicated to the success of our customers, meeting their needs for quality products, delivered on time and at a competitive price, said Martin N. Rosen, president. By continuing to invest in the best people and the latest technologies, we will be able to handle any changes in the marketplace and to empower the success of our customers.

July 2005