Congratulations to Art Pottash, co-owner of Artex Knitting Mills who was just named The Headwear Association’s 2018 Rosenthal Award Winner.
The Rosenthal Award is named for Ben Rosenthal, and this award recognizes years of commitment and service in the headwear industry.
Art Pottash, Artex Knitting Mills with Gerry Miller, Hatco and Stephanie Carter, Wallaroo Hat Company
Artex Knitting Mills was founded 1926, and is one of the last great knitting mills in the US. A survivor in an industry that has seen many factories close their doors, Artex employs 115 people in their 80,000 square foot facility located in Westville, New Jersey.
The company’s success is due in large part to the leadership of Art Pottash. Art joined Artex in the 1970’s as a salesman, and after great success he had the opportunity to purchase half the company in the 1980’s. Art has always been customer-centric, and he treats them like royalty. Art’s customers love working with him and they not only become repeat customers, they become friends.
Art has a similar approach with the Artex staff. Many Artex employees have been with the company for more than 25 years, and the workforce includes immigrants from Cambodia, Bangladesh, Turkey, China and Indonesia. This speaks volumes to style of management and work environment that Art has fostered.
Artex began its manufacturing operations by producing trimming goods for the booming Philadelphia apparel industry in the late 1920s. In the 1970’s, Artex found incredible success in the knit tie market, manufacturing ties that lined the walls of all the premier menswear departments in the U.S. In the 1980’s, Artex turned to the burgeoning market for knit hats. That remains the foundation of the company’s manufacturing operation, accounting for 95% of their business. High quality, fast turn-around, innovative styles, and great prices are their hallmarks.
“Our goods are made in the U.S. and we deliver on time,” Pottash said. “Our country is waking up to support American manufacturers. Our customers support that.”
Embroidery is another of the company’s capabilities. Artex has a large in-house embroidery department and offers a tremendous amount of customization. Their customer mix includes both wholesalers and retailers including Urban Outfitters, North Face, Timberland and Carhartt.
Artex is a true textile industry survivor as it heads into the home stretch toward its 100th anniversary.
Congratulations to Art Pottash, our 2018 THA Rosenthal Award Winner.