HIGH POINT – American Silk Mills has announced that industry veteran and former Furniture Today publisher Kevin Castellani has joined the textile manufacturer’s board of directors.
In a release, ASM said Castellani, currently director of communications at upholstery major Manwah USA, is a renowned proponent of the furniture industry and has been an innovator in the both the industry as well as furniture media business for more than three decades.
In addition to serving as publisher, Castellani also served as president of Furniture Today’s parent company, Progressive Business Media.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors at American Silk Mills, Castellani has also served on the boards of the American Home Furnishing Hall of Fame, the International Alliance of Furniture Publications and the ADL.
“We are pleased to welcome Kevin to our board of directors,” said David Corbin, CEO of American Silk Mills. “We have great respect for his strategic leadership and unique level of executive management and marketing experience, and we welcome his vision for the growth and development of American Silk Mills. We are confident that Kevin’s expertise and foothold in the furniture industry as well as the media business will create an immediate impact for the company as it will position American Silk Mills to best promote product innovation and capitalize on business opportunities.”
American Silk Mills was acquired by Sutlej Textiles and Inds. Ltd. in November 2017. American Silk Mills was founded in 1896 and specializes in designing, weaving, and distributing innovative textiles to customers across residential, contract, transportation, and specialty markets. American Silk Mills products include indoor/outdoor performance fabrics, fine jacquard textiles, high quality silks, a variety of luxurious velvets and Sensuede, an eco-friendly synthetic suede.
I’m Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. Upon my return to F/T, I developed coverage of the logistical and service aspects of the furniture industry as well as following the occasional, home office and home entertainment categories. In April 2018 I took over the upholstery category, with responsibility for coverage of the fabric and leather stationary and motion upholstery, recliners and massage chair categories.