TYAA Plans Name Change As Signal Of New Direction
Daniel McRae, vice president, membership, said TYAA plans to enlarge its focus both vertically and laterally, and invite other textile industry segments to participate in the association. As a signal of this evolving focus, the association will change its name to Synthetic Yarn & Fiber Association (SYFA).
“The past few years have been difficult for everyone in the US textile industry,” McRae said. “Textured yarn is a very specific segment of the industry, and we want to expand our association to be more inclusive of other textile companies. We will be inviting the whole man-made yarn and fiber industry, and also will include our downstream customers, as well as lateral segments such as carpet and industrial fibers.”
McRae said TYAA’s Winter Conference — scheduled for March 21 at the Speedway Club at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. — will feature a look back at the history of the association and the industry by Norman Cohen, TYAA’s founder and first president. The program also will include an address by Mike Hubbard, vice president, NCTO; and a look toward the future by Chas Scott, TYAA’s current president.
The organization’s Summer Conference and 2006 Annual Meeting is expected to be the first to be held under the SYFA name. That event will take place July 26-29 at the Marriott Grand Dunes Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C.