Valdese Weavers Names Four Vice Presidents

May 25, 2018

VALDESE, N.C. — Valdese Weavers, has named four executives to top management posts according to Carson Copeland, chief operating officer.   Ray Barnette has been promoted to Vice President of Information Systems. He formerly held the post of ERP systems development manager and director of information systems. As Vice President, Barnette will manage and direct all systems development and staff, including SAP, EDI and web development. Barnette graduated from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in 1991 with an associate’s degree in computer science.  He has been an associate of Valdese Weavers for 26 years. Roger Berrier, the former President of Unifi Yarns has been named Vice President, supply chain and procurement. This is a newly created position and covers yarn procurement only at this time. Berrier will report to Copeland.   “Berrier’s extensive work in global textile yarn production and global sourcing will benefit his new role in procurement,” Copeland says. Berrier received his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from UNC-Charlotte. He has 20 years experience in the textiles industry. Jennifer Gwynn has been named Vice President of Product Assurance. Gwynn has been employed with Valdese Weavers for 10 years and most recently served as the quality assurance manager at Valdese. Previously she was the director of operations at the Lovelady finishing and distribution center. “Gwynn will be responsible for the quality of the Valdese product, both from an internal performance standard and from the customer’s perspective, as she works with them to ensure the product meets the technical demands for performance,” Copeland says.  She has a bachelor’s in textile management from North Carolina State University and lives in Clemmons. Todd Irvin has been named vice president of logistics. Irvin has been with Valdese Weavers for 10 years serving in various roles including logistics manager, quality assurance manager, Circa director of manufacturing, and leader of the Dicey Fabrics integration into its Valdese location. In his new role, Irvin will be responsible for resource planning to satisfy customer needs. He will manage logistics and planning associates at the four Valdese Weavers facilities in Burke County. Irvin is from Union Grove, South Carolina. Valdese Weavers, a 100 percent employee-owned ESOP company, is the largest manufacturer of decorative textiles in the United States for use in residential and contract markets. The company operates four facilities in Burke County, N.C., and trades under the brand names Valdese Weavers, Valdese Weavers Contract, Circa 1801, Home Fabrics by Wesley Mancini, Valdese International Products (VIP), Dicey Fabrics and Inside Out Performance Fabrics®.

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