WINDspun - top-of-the-line, smooth & most luxurious wool yarn
KENTWOOL's vision to become the premier wool innovation and manufacturing company in the world accelerated forward in November with an unprecedented number of new corporate initiatives ranging from the unveiling of a new premier product brand called WINDspun, to a $500,000 endowment gift to Clemson University.
The innovative Upstate SC-based textile company has been in business for 165 years, and has a state-of-the-art wool-based yarn spinning operation serving a diversified international customer portfolio covering the knitting, spinning, weaving and industrial textile markets.
KENTWOOL has achieved a number of superlatives since 2007, including a designation as the producer of the finest wool yarn in North America, the exclusive North American manufacturer to utilize newly installed highly specialized production equipment, and the only company in the Western Hemisphere to achieve the coveted Usterized Quality Certification.
Those achievements coupled with ongoing research & development efforts and world-class processing experience, have enabled the much anticipated production launch of the company's finest wool yarn product – WINDspun.
WINDspun represents the smoothest, most luxurious wool yarn ever produced in the company's history. The sleekness and durability of the product is unprecedented for KENTWOOL, and will be integrated into some of the world's most renowned clothing lines.
According to Mark Kent, “WINDspun is one of the most exciting developments in our corporate history. It is a revolutionary product brand that mirrors our commitment to innovation, and to our customers – who deserve the best. We're especially proud that WINDspun will be produced exclusively at our Upstate South Carolina manufacturing site for our premium global client base.”
In addition to the unveiling of the new WINDspun product brand, KENTWOOL's relationship with Clemson University continues to surge forward.
As part of the corporation's long term innovation strategies, KENTWOOL has been developing a formal research and education partnership with Clemson University and its School of Materials Science and Engineering, which is “already generating real results and is capable of producing game-changing technologies in our industry,” according to Kent. In conjunction with Clemson researchers, new product and process innovations are currently under development.
The company's partnership with Clemson University went to an extraordinary new level with KENTWOOL's commitment to a $500,000 endowment gift over 5 years specifically supporting the Advanced Fiber-based Materials Center of Economic Excellence. KENTWOOL's gift in support of the Center will endow the Clemson University KENTWOOL Distinguished Professorship of Natural Fibers and the KENTWOOL Educational Endowment.
Mark Kent is a 20-year veteran of the textile industry and has served on several national industry boardsincluding the American Textile Export Company and the American Textile Manufacturers Institute.
He has been extremely active in South Carolina manufacturing, business, economic development and philanthropic circles, and serves on numerous strategic boards including the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the American Red Cross Upstate South Carolina Chapter.