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Fred Slosman, textile industry leader, dies at 71

July 21, 2011

For several decades, he dedicated his life to growing The Slosman Corporation.

Fred Slosman, 71, a longtime textile processor, passed away June 25, 2011, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. An industry leader for several decades, Slosman dedicated his life to growing The Slosman Corporation, a North Carolina textile company founded by his grandfather, Barnet, over 100 years ago.

Slosman began at The Slosman Corporation in 1960 working as a territory salesman while he completed his last two years at N.C. State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in textiles in 1961. After graduating, he headed the company's wiping cloth and grading fabrics divisions. During the mid-60s, Slosman played a key role in the company's expansion into the nonwoven, converting and disposables markets.

In the early ‘70’s, the company began exporting product overseas and, throughout the years, served as a major converter and recycler of textiles and nonwovens. In the late '80s, Fred Slosman became chairman and CEO. Throughout his career, Slosman was actively involved in the textile industry, attending conventions and serving as an officer and long standing member of SMART.

Memorials may be made to the Fred Slosman Endowment/Jewish Community Center, 236 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801.