I Remember When: My Top Ten List from the Textile Industry

By Don Carrigan

This past June, I reached a milestone in my textile career: I have worked 60 years in the industry (57 years as an AATCC member!) After obtaining a degree in textile chemistry, I started full time employment at Cannon Mills in Kannapolis, NC, USA. Managing the dyehouse there, we dyed 400,000 lbs. of towels and 200,000 yds. of bed sheeting each day.

After 14 years, I moved to the supplier side, working for BASF, DyStar, and Royce Global in technical service and sales functions. Since retiring at the end of 2016, I have worked as a consultant for Royce Global.

I have put together a count-down list of the 10 strangest things encountered during my 60 years in the industry…

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