By Cristina Mueller
PCCA President and CEO Van May was elected 2002-03 chairman of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI) March 21 during the organization’s 52nd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. He succeeds Chuck Hayes, chairman of Guilford Mills.
“Our textile and cotton industries currently are faced with difficult challenges, and Van brings a unique perspective to the ATMI leadership position,” says PCCA Chairman Jackie Mull of Idalou, Texas.
“I will be the first ATMI chairman that’s a Texas resident and the first to receive a paycheck from cotton producers twice a month,” May recently told an audience of farmers and ranchers gathered for a conference in Lubbock.
ATMI is a national association with members in 30 states. Together, they process approximately 80 percent of all U.S. textile fibers.
“Because PCCA manufactures denim and because domestic textile mills are important customers for U.S. cotton producers, I can think of no one better qualified than Van May to serve as ATMI chairman this coming year,” Mull adds.