(September 13, 2005) — In a tribute to America’s spirit of enterprise, three industry leaders were inducted yesterday into the American Textile Hall of Fame. The program, now in its fifth year, is housed at the American Textile History Museum, where the Hall of Fame’s board of governors and the Museum’s board of trustees hosted a luncheon and induction ceremony celebrating the honorees.
From left: Robert Jackson, Cornelius (Buck) Vander Weele,
Adrian Scalamandre Bitter and her son, and Robert F. Scalamandré Bitter
Inducted to the Class of 2005 were: Robert C. Jackson, past director of the National Cotton Council’s Washington, D.C. office and former executive vice president/CEO of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute; the Saco-Lowell Shops, formed in 1912 from three small machine shops – the Lowell Machine Shop in Lowell, the Pettee Machine Shop in Newton, and the Saco Water Power Company in Biddeford. – that led the industry in textile machine manufacturing, and continues as the Saco-Lowell Parts, LLC, to service its machinery worldwide; and Scalamandré Silks, producers of some of the finest reproduction and original designs in fabrics and wallpaper for homes and public buildings including the White House, that was founded in 1929 in Long Island, New York by engineer and Italian immigrant Franco Scalamandré (d. 1988), with designer and wife, Flora (d. 1987), and achieved national recognition by the historic preservation movement.
Accepting the awards were: Robert Jackson of Clemson, SC; Cornelius (Buck) Vander Weele, former president/CEO, Saco-Lowell, of Naples, FL; second and third generation Scalamandré family members Adrian Scalamandre Bitter and her son, who is the firm’s co-president, Robert F. Scalamandré Bitter, of New York. (pictured above).
The American Textile Hall of Fame, established in 2001 with a board of governors appointed by the Museum’s board of trustees, honors past and present individuals, corporations and institutions that have made significant contributions to the textile industry in America, as well as those who have advanced the role and appreciation of textiles in American life.