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JANUARY 2, 2016

For Additional Information, contact:
Judy Malone, 303-771-3500, ext. 35,
Kyle Partain, 303-771-3500, ext. 55 or

DENVER, Colo. – Longtime Burlington Industries Wool Company executive Charlie Chase will be honored for his contributions to the wool industry at the ASI Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz., as one of two recipients of the Wool Excellence Award.

Charlie and Grant Groenewold – the other award recipient – will be honored during the Wool Recognition Lunch on Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. The Wool Excellence Award is sponsored by the Wool Roundtable, which includes representatives from various segments of the wool trade, such as wool research, buying, production, warehousing, processing and fabric manufacturing.

Charlie started to work for Burlington Industries Wool Company in Clarksville, Va., on Sept. 1, 1972. Charlie had previously worked in the wool trade and came to BI Wool Company from Mariner & Company in Boston.

Charlie served in many capacities within BI Wool Company, including the role of vice president. His responsibilities included traveling west during the wool buying season each year to visit ranches, attend sales in the various states and visit wool warehouses. Charlie was responsible for preparing the blends for the Clarksville Combing plant.

He also traveled overseas to Australia, South Africa and South America, visiting suppliers and examining wool that was purchased for Burlington. Through the years at Burlington, Charlie purchased millions of pounds of greasy wool from the United States and all across the world. He examined all of this wool as it passed through the Clarksville Combing Plant.

Charlie created and cherished many friendships and relationships with growers and buyers during his 22 years with Burlington. Those friendships remain today. Charlie retired in December 1994.

He and his wife, Billie, live in Wilmington, N.C., enjoying the beach, exercising every day and continuing their compassion for people as they volunteer with multiple church and civilian organizations.

ASI is an equal opportunity employer. It is the national trade organization supported by 45 state sheep associations, benefiting the interests of more than 79,500 sheep producers.

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