Culp co-founder retires, and more newsmakers

Culp co-founder retires

Howard L. Dunn Jr., vice chairman of Culp Inc. and a co–founder of the High Point, N.C.–based mattress and upholstery fabric supplier, has retired. He will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.

Dunn has held various senior management positions with responsibilities for sales, design, product development and manufacturing. He was president and chief operating officer from June 1993 until May 2004 when he assumed the role of vice chairman. In this capacity, Dunn was responsible for Culp’s China operations and also stayed involved in the company’s design and product development activities.

“Howard Dunn has been a great part of both the cultural and business development of this company for over 32 years,” said Robert G. Culp III, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our growth and success over the years speak directly to his leadership capabilities and his vision for Culp. Since 1972, Howard has played a vital role in Culp’s evolution into a fully integrated manufacturer and one of the world’s largest marketers of mattress fabrics for bedding and upholstery fabrics for furniture. We accept Howard’s decision to retire with regret but also with deep appreciation for his long service to the company.”

PFA changes leadership

Louis Peters, executive director of the Polyurethane Foam Association, has retired.
Robert Luedeka was elected by the association’s membership in October to succeed him.

Luedeka spent 27 years at J.P. Hogan & Co. where he was most recently senior vice president, responsible for public relations and government and industry communications.
Peters, a founder of the trade association, served as executive director since 1986 and is credited with “building the PFA from a loose association of manufacturers and suppliers into a strong and credible voice for the United States flexible polyurethane foam industry.”

He stepped down in December and was subsequently elected to the association’s hall of fame.

Before going to work for the association, Peters had a long career with Union Carbide.
In conjunction with Luedeka’s appointment, the group’s executive offices will be relocated from Wayne, N.J., to Knoxville, Tenn. The association’s new address is 9724 Kingston Pike, Suite 503, Knoxville, TN 37922.

Rice heads ITG group

Derrill Rice has been named president of the Interior Furnishings division of the International Textile Group, which is based in Greensboro, N.C. The division includes mattress fabric supplier Burlington House, as well as Cone Jacquards and Carlisle Finishing.

Rice reports to Joseph Gorga, president and chief executive officer.

Restonic hires Wash. sales rep

Restonic has hired Troy Anderson as a new sales representative responsible for the state of Washington. Anderson, who will be based at the company’s Oregon plant, previously worked in the fitness industry.

Restonic is in the process of moving its headquarters from Rosemont, Ill., to Plymouth, Mass.


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