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TEXTILE COMPANIES RECOGNIZED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENTS

 /ADVANCE/ NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Seventeen companies today were recognized for their environmental achievements that have qualified them for the U.S. textile industry's "Encouraging Environmental Excellence" (E3) program, bringing to 42 the number of participating companies.
 M.L. Cates Jr., president of h?e American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI), recognized the companies at the ATMI 44th annual meeting. The E3 program, sponsored by ATMI, was established in March 1992.
 "ATMI's Encouraging Environmental Excellence program supports strong environmental protection programs in the industry and provides tools to help us tell our local communities and customers that we take our responsibilities seriously," Cates said. "Through the E3 program, we have a way to give something back to our communities and preserve our natural resources."
 The program requires participating companies to implement a 10-point plan, which includes:
 (a) Having a corporate environmental policy;
 (b) Demonstrating a strong senior management commitment to environmental excellence and awareness through such ways as having a formal environmental department or producing special publications on environmental issues;
 (c) Conducting environmental audits to ensure full compliance with laws and regulations;
 (d) Working with suppliers and customers to address environmental concerns;
 (e) Setting and working toward specific environmental goals and achievements;
 (f) Establishing an employee education program related to environmental concerns;
 (g) Having an emergency response plan;
 (h) Relaying environmental interests and concerns to area residents and policy makers;
 (i) Working with community groups and policy makers, offering resources and assistance, in addressing environmental concerns; and
 (j) Being involved in federal, state and local policy-making decisions related to the environment.
 Participating companies are certified to use the distinctive Environmental Excellence logo on their products, plant locations and printed materials as a sign of their commitment to environmental preservation.
 Other ATMI-member textile companies will continue to have the opportunity to qualify for the program.
 Participating companies are monitored and required to report annually on their progress in terms of reaching environmental goals and continuing to meet the criteria of the program.
 ATMI will use information from program participants to serve as a clearinghouse for outstanding environmental preservation programs at textile companies.
 The companies recognized today for qualifying for the "Encouraging Environmental Excellence" program are:
 Alabama: Avondale Mills, Inc., Sylacauga, Ala., and
 and Monroe, Ga.
 Georgia: Swift Textiles, Inc., Columbus, Ga.
 Wehadkee Yarn Mills, Inc., West Point, Ga.
 Massachusetts: Joan Fabrics Corp., Tyngsboro, Mass.
 New York: Belding-Heminway Co., Inc., New York
 Bloomsburg Mills, Inc., New York
 Cleyn & Tinker (1989) Inc., New York
 Forstmann & Company, Inc., New York
 Reeves Brothers, Inc., New York
 North Carolina: Coats American, Charlotte, N.C.
 Guilford Mills, Inc., Greensboro, N.C.
 Stonecutter Mills Corporation, Spindale, N.C.
 Oregon: Pendleton Woolen Mills, Portland, Ore.
 Rhode Island: Cranston Print Works Company, Cranston, R.I.
 South Carolina: Graniteville Company, Graniteville, S.C.
 Mayfair Mills, Inc., Arcadia, S.C.
 Spartan Mills, Spartanburg, S.C.
 Companies that qualified for the E3 program at the 1992 ATMI annual meeting are:
 Alabama: Opp and Micolas Mills, Inc., Opp, Ala.
 Russell Corporation, Alexander City, Ala.
 Southern Phenix Textiles, Inc., Phenix City, Ala.
 Georgia: Dundee Mills, Incorporated, Griffin, Ga.
 Southern Mills, Inc., Union City, Ga.
 Thomaston Mills, Inc., Thomaston, Ga.
 North Carolina: American & Efird, Inc., Mount Holly, N.C.
 Artee Industries, Inc., Shelby, N.C.
 Burlington Industries, Inc., Greensboro, N.C.
 Collins & Aikman Textile Group, Charlotte, N.C.
 Cone Mills Corporation, Greensboro, N.C.
 Doran Textiles, Inc., Shelby, N.C.
 The New Cherokee Corporation, Spindale, N.C.
 Pharr Yarns, Inc., McAdenville, N.C.
 Sara Lee Knit Products, Winston-Salem, N.C.
 Pennsylvania: Sunbury Textile Mills, Inc., Sunbury, Pa.
 South Carolina: Alice Manufacturing Co., Inc., Easley, S.C.
 Arkwright Mills, Spartanburg, S.C.
 Inman Mills, Inman, S.C.
 Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, S.C.
 Mount Vernon Mills, Inc., Greenville, S.C.
 Springs Industries, Inc., Fort Mill, S.C.
 Tennessee: Dixie Yarns, Inc., Chattanooga, Tenn.
 SCT Yarns, Incorporated, Chattanooga, Tenn.
 Virginia: Dan River Inc., Danville, Va.
 ATMI, the national trade association of the U.S. textile industry, provides international trade, government relations, economic information, communications services and product information in support of the industry.
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 /CONTACT: Deborah E. Anderson or James A. Morrissey of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute, in Nashville, 615-889-1000/


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