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Wellman donates textile testing equipment to Gaston College
Jan '08
Gaston College and Wellman In are pleased to announce that this Belmont Company will donate textile processing and testing equipment to The Textile Technology Center at Gaston College.

The equipment owned by Wellman and loaned to the Textile Technology Center to perform fibers and resin testing and transferred as a donation to Gaston College. The gift assures that the Textile Center will be positioned to carry out its mission of being a Center of Excellence for the textile industry in the future. The equipment, if it were to be purchased new today, has a value of over three million dollars.

The Textile Technology Center at Gaston College was chartered by the State of North Carolina in 2005 to be a “Center of Excellence” that serves the textile industry. Under the administrative direction of Gaston College, the Center serves over 200 textile firms along the textile product supply chain. Wellman, Inc., one of the international based corporations in North Carolina that the Textile Center serves, manufactures and markets high-quality polyester products.

Steve Ates, Wellman Vice President Sales and Marketing said, “Wellman strongly supports the Center of Excellence concept. We hope that other suppliers to the textile industry follow our lead and donate to the Textile Technology Center. Shared resources that support innovation and improved productivity are vital to the long term success of our industry.”

According to John Anderson, Director of the Textile Technology Center, “The Center serves the industry in several important ways. We provide yarn and fabric formation services with a modern pilot yarn spinning plant to assist the industry with innovation at a scale which allows clients to evaluate product without significant downtime on their own production equipment.

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