The following became corporate members of AATCC in April through July 2011. The profiles appeared in the September/October 2011 issue of AATCC Review
Fujiang Zhonghe Co. Ltd.
Located in Putian City, China, Fujiang Zhonghe Co. Ltd. is primarily engaged in developing, producing,and selling middle and high quality cotton casual fabric. The company specifically manufactures and exports plain cotton twill, cotton jacquard, satin bonding, corduroy, and stretch linen/ramie. Established in 1993, Fujiang Zhonghe strives to ensure the quality of its products environmentally, and has won several product awards in China.
GoldToeMoretz manufactures its own Gold Toe brand socks, which are reinforced for longer wear, with toe seams that are flattened for a smooth fit. The company’s own brands include Gold
Toe, Auro, All Pro, SilverToe, Gold-ToeGear, and PowerSox. Licensed brands include Under Armour and New Balance, while Wal-Mart and Target choose Gold Toe for their own private label programs.
The company was founded in the early twentieth century by two German immigrants in Bally, Penn., USA, naming it the Great American Knitting Mills. During the Great Depression, consumers wanted socks that wore better and lasted longer. Great American’s response was to sew gold linen reinforcing yarn in the toe of its socks; thus the “Gold Toe” brand was born. In 2006, Gold Toe Brands and Moretz merged to create one of the largest sock companies in the world. Headquartered in Newton, N.C., USA, GoldToeMoretz owns and operates 29 Gold Toe retail stores in the USA.
Hempel China Ltd.
Hempel China manufactures and delivers a variety of marine, container, and protective coatings, and is a supplier of decorative and road marking coatings in China. Located in Zhejiang, China, Hempel China is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hempel A/S, which is headquartered in Hong Kong.
J. A. King and Co. LLC
Headquartered in Whitsett, N.C., USA, J. A. King and Co. manufactures, distributes, and supports a complete line of fabric and yarn testing equipment and consumables. The company was founded in 1939 by J. A. King Sr., and transitioned into the textile testing industry in the 1960s with the introduction of its manual sample cutter.
Minnesota Knitting Mills
Minnesota Knitting Mills is a custom manufacturer and dyer of circular, tubular, flat, jacquard, and trim knits and braids for customers throughout the world. Located in St. Paul, Minn., USA, the company uses a variety of yarns, including stretch nylon, spun and stretch polyester, acrylic, cotton, spandex, and antimicrobial yarns. Minnesota Knitting Mills supplies to markets such as durable outwear, medical, safety, military, and professional sports. The family-owned company has been in business for more than 100 years.
Wilson Garment Accessories (International) Ltd. —Testing Center
Established in 1981, Wilson Garment Accessories is a garment accessories manufacturer specializing in knitted and woven tapes, cords, elastic webbings, bungee cords, jacquard tapes, laces, printed tapes, ribbons, 3M reflective tapes, shoelaces, labels, and belts. Located in
Guangzhou City, China, the company has offices located in Hong Kong (headquarters), Shanghai, Dongguan, and New York City, and sales offices in Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, and Korea. Wilson obtained the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certificate, assuring its commitment to supplying eco-friendly goods.
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