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5/1/2021 4:13:00 AM
Rusch Heads Textile Tech Center for Gaston College
More than 25 years in textile plant operations

Lincoln Herald Staff

You might call it a judgement for Rusch.

Don Rusch was judged the best man for the job when he was recently appointed as the new director of the Gaston College Textile Technology Center (or TTC). According to college spokeswoman Stephanie Michael Pickett, Rusch will be directing, managing, supervising and co-ordinating the programs and activities of the TTC. He is a seasoned industry leader with more than 25 years of experience in textile plant operation. 

“I am truly excited and grateful for the opportunity,” said Rusch, adding, “In my new leadership role, I look forward to working with industry partners and clients as we continue to focus on key areas of growth and innovation for the state and region.”

Pickett continued that Rusch will oversee all day-to-day aspects of the TTC. He’ll be working with the new Manufacturing and Textile Innovation Network (or MTIN), a groundbreaking network that works in partnership with Catawba Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Solutions Center (or MSC) and with the Gaston College’s Textile Technology Center. He will oversee 25 employees at the TTC.

“The TTC is an exciting and unique place to experience the cutting edge and innovative evolution occurring in today’s textile industry,” said Rusch. “I look forward to the challenge of preserving our excellent reputation as a customer-oriented and state-of-the-art facility. We have a future pipeline of projects coming our way.”

A graduate of the North Carolina State University Wilson College of Textiles, Rusch has a vast array of experience, including in fiber science, process and product development, technical services and operational management with such companies as Eastman-Kodak, Springs Industries and Beal Manufacturing. He has also worked extensively in the product development labs at the TTC, according to Sam Buff of Lincolnton. The MTIN’s vice president and general manager, Buff recently extolled Rusch as a real asset.

“I could not be happier with the selection of Don Rusch as the new director of the TTC,” he said. “He has a wealth of industry experience required for this job. Don led the TTC’s product development labs for three years, where it enjoyed a significant expansion of capabilities, staffing and sales. The TTC is in great hands.”

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