Who are we?
The Southern Textile Association, Inc., established in 1908, is a nonprofit organization for individuals in the textile and related industries with a common interest in all phases of textile manufacturing in Southern USA.
The purpose of the Association as stated in its Charter is to promote good fellowship among its members; to exchange professional knowledge and experience on subjects relating to textile manufacturing; to promote other social, educational, personnel relations, research, and other scientific activities for the benefit of the members, their companies , and the textile industry.
What do we do?
To achieve its goals and localize activities as much as possible, the association consists of two geographic divisions - the Northern Division and the Southern Division. New divisions may be created as needed to serve other geographic areas.
Divisional meetings are held in the spring and fall, with programs selected to fill the division needs and interest covering technical areas, technology updates, management trends, human resources and current issues affecting the industry.
A full-day winter seminar is held each year during which subjects of timely interest are selected to keep members updated on trends in technology and manufacturing management. A conference is now being held every August to work on developing a dialogue between the mills, machinery vendors, suppliers and retailers for the purpose of developing new products. This conference has been very successful.
The annual meeting is held in June at locations such as Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, SC. In addition to the informative business sessions, the annual meeting offers a range of social and recreational events, including the annual golf and tennis tournaments.
Membership in STA offers the opportunity to network with peers in all sectors of the textile industry through personal contact and association.
The current membership of over 400 people draws from virtually every sector of the industry from yarn spinning to fabric finishing, including suppliers of fiber, machinery, replacement parts, dyes, chemicals, and services. This permits seminar topics to be discussed in terms of the impact on the total manufacturing chain. Networking provides producers of primary products such as fiber and yarn the opportunity to interact directly with knitters, weavers, and others for mutual benefit and support in producing quality textiles for domestic and global markets.