Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Vermont Organic Fiber names Mr Kiniry CEO
Vermont Organic Fiber names Mr Kiniry CEO
19
Jan '09
Marin Melchior
Marin Melchior
Vermont Organic Fiber Company (VTOF) the nation's leading manufacturer of fabrics, blankets and hand knitting yarn made with certified organic wool, has hired veteran outdoor industry entrepreneur Edward (“Ed”) Kiniry as CEO December 1, 2008.

Kiniry will be responsible for driving the growth of the company's popular O-Wool brand of products made with wool grown and certified to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's organic standard. Formerly, he was president of Winterquest LLC, the parent company of Tubbs and Atlas snowshoes, selling the company to K2 Inc. in 2003. Kiniry is credited with the re-invention of snowshoeing as a $100 million worldwide market.

Matthew Mole will continue as VTOF founder and president, responsible for materials sourcing and developing new products.
Kiniry, an avid outdoorsman and long-time fan of wool, was attracted to VTOF's commitment to providing high quality organic wool products as well as the company's sustainability mission.

“By making organic wool products, VTOF has taken nature's best fiber and applied sustainable practices and processes to make it that much better,” said Kiniry. “Whether for wearing, wrapping up in after a long day in the outdoors, or knitting, organic wool is the fiber of choice.”

He was also intrigued by the opportunity to drive the inclusion of organic wool as part of the dramatic growth of the multi-billion organic fiber industry, currently dominated by organic cotton. “When we reintroduced snowshoeing to the American market it was at the height of the hiking boom. Interest in fitness, the outdoors, and a healthier life style were all evident,” notes Kiniry.

“Today, providing products made from organic wool produced in a healthy, humane and sustainable fashion once again gives the market what is being demanded by today's more conscious consumer.”

Immediately prior to joining VTOF, Kiniry was a board member of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (appointed by the Governor in 2007). The Fund provides seed funding and technical assistance for economic sectors exemplifying the best practices of sustainable development including renewable energy, forestry and forest products, solid waste & pollution abatement, sustainable agriculture and environmental technology.

Kiniry also worked with several Fortune 500 companies. He was president of a regional business brokerage company, vice-president of international operations at Allied Van Lines and held several operating positions with Wilson Sporting Goods. He has an MBA from Loyola University in Chicago, IL, & a B.A. in economics from the University of Vermont.

Vermont Organic Fiber Company (VTOF) is the nation's leading organic wool fabrics, blankets and yarn manufacturer.Current and recent designers using O-Wool yarns and fabrics include Bahar Shahpar, Linda Loudermilk, and Diane von Furstenberg, who featured 'O-Wool by Jasco' fabrics on the runway at Earth Pledge's Future Fashion show in New York City in February, 2008.

Vermont Organic Fiber Company (VTOF)


Must ReadView All

Uzbekistan wants joint ventures with Hungarian textile firms

Textiles | On 20th Feb 2018

Uzbekistan wants joint ventures with Hungarian textile firms

Uzbekistan has offered Hungary to create joint ventures in the two...

Vietnam’s textile & garment exports up 10.68% in 2017

Textiles | On 20th Feb 2018

Vietnam’s textile & garment exports up 10.68% in 2017

Vietnam came very close to achieving its 2017 textile and garment...

From left: Tania Polonnowita Wettimuny, MD, Hellmann Sri Lanka; Bart de Vries, Global COO Air & Sea Hellmann; Deshamanya Mahesh Amalean, Chairman, MAS Holdings; & Shirendra Lawrence, COO, MAS Holdings

Textiles | On 20th Feb 2018

Hellmann and MAS form joint venture HMSC

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics and MAS Holdings have formed Hellmann...

Interviews View All

Arvind Saraf
Triveni Sarees

e-Commerce is still evolving fast with constant flux and surprises

Binoy Ravjani
Hero's Fashion

‘One of the recent trends in hand block printing is the indigo process,...

Dinaz Madhukar
DLF Emporio and DLF Promenade

‘Each event and promotion is planned out keeping in mind the business of...

Liz Manning

<div><b>Liz Manning</b>, Business Development Manager at Catexel, has...

Riddhi Jain

Conceived in Europe and curated in New Delhi, NeceSera is a...

Harmeet Singh

New Delhi-based Jogindra Industries Private Limited provides an assortment ...

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

Silke Brand-Kirsch
Schlegel und Partner

Silke Brand-Kirsch, executive partner of Schlegel und Partner, a leading...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Igor Chapurin
Chapurin

"Now we can see the Russian trend in international fashion. And Russian...

Karan Arora
Karan Arora

Bridal couture created with rich Indian heritage, exquisite craftsmanship...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

February 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
70.6%
No
12.7%
Skip
16.7%

Total Votes: 102

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
63.7%
No
29.4%
Skip
6.9%

Total Votes: 102

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
88.2%
No
8.8%
Skip
2.9%

Total Votes: 102

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
83.3%
No
7.8%
Skip
8.8%

Total Votes: 102


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search