November 21, 2008
November 21, 2008 - Mark Kent, president and chief executive officer of KentWool, announced this week that his company has developed a new wool product called WINDspun. He said the company's new premier product is a revolutionary development.
Sam Konduros, strategic partner for KentWool, said it is the most luxurious, sleekest wool product ever developed in KentWool's 165-year history.
"WINDspun is a process that we have developed at Kent which uses air technology to create a wool fiber that will take it, in laymen's terms, from a maybe one-and-a-half seasonal product to a four-seasons-of-the-year product," Kent said.
"It allows us to make yarns that are softer, more subtle, more durable and more functional than any yarn previously created in that market," he said. "People now that are traditionally wearing wool, they're thinking fall and winter. After winter it goes in the closet."
WINDspun, he said, "will be able to lay right next to the skin and feel as comfortable as anything you can put on your body. That being the case, all of a sudden it becomes a four-season-a-year product."
Along with the new wool product, KentWool has been developing a formal research and education partnership with Clemson University and its School of Materials Science and Engineering. The company's $500,000 endowment gift over five years represents a new level of commitment to that partnership with Clemson, specifically supporting the Advanced Fiber-Based Materials Center of Economic Excellence. Reprinted in part from GreenvilleOnline.com