James Whetstone – Mr. Whetstone is President and Founder of his own consulting company working with textile companies in both the domestic and international marketplace. Prior Mr. Whetsone worked approximately 40 years with various textile companies including Milliken, Knit-Away Inc., and Unifi in production management, product development, and quality control.
Mr. Whetstone is a graduate of the Citadel and currently resides in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Mr. Whetstone is currently involved with service to the Textile Markets relative product and market development, via his company Source Int. LLC. He spent the majority of his career with Unifi Inc., as Director of Corporate Product and Market Development for domestic and international markets. This included the apparel, home furnishings, industrial and automotive markets. The previous included direct relationships with fiber companies, fabric producing companies and downstream users including the leading designers and major chains. He also was employed by Milliken and Company as well as by Knit-Away Inc. His background includes extensive experience in yarn development, fabric development, dying and finishing, and specific fabric after treatments as well as advertising and promotion.