Mount Vernon Mills Continues Flame-Resistant (FR) Division Expansion with New Positions

Maudlin, S.C., September 18, 2012 — Mount Vernon Mills recently created three new roles based on the expansion of its flame-resistant (FR) division. The company is pleased to announce the addition of Melanie Sumner as Development Manager of Protective Specialty Fabrics, Ernie Terrell as FR Technical Specialist, and Craig Tutterow as Technical Director of FR Fabrics. All three bring several years of experience in the industry.

Sumner’s extensive background includes 17 years with Mount Vernon Mills, working in various departments of the finishing plant. In her new position, Sumner is tasked with research and development of technical and non-technical yarns and chemistry. She will work to create new fabrics and finishes.
 Sumner has spent her entire career working in different branches of Mount Vernon Mills, where she has held several positions at plants in Ware Shoals, S.C., and Trion, Ga., including quality manager, greige goods coordinator and re-inspection manager, and product development engineer. Prior to her recent promotion, Sumner was the wet processing technical manager in the research and development lab. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Textile Engineering.

Terrell brings a notable 31 years of experience in the safety industry, as well as 15 years of involvement with apparel and fabric, to his new position at Mount Vernon Mills. Based in Houston, Texas, Terrell will concentrate on sales in the United States, with a focus on the Gulf Coast at the end-user level. Prior to this position, Terrell was in technical sales.

Terrell is a graduate of Lamar University with an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Industrial Electronics.

Tutterow possesses an extensive background of 32 years of textile industry experience. He has worked in a variety of areas in the industry including dye chemistry and product development and engineering. In his new position at Mount Vernon Mills, Tutterow is tasked with providing increased technical development and control in the FR fabrics division.

Tutterow has spent his entire career working with fabrics and textiles, with an emphasis on the technical aspect. Prior to joining Mount Vernon Mills, he served as the senior product development engineer at TenCate. Tutterow graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Textile Chemistry.

“We are very excited to bring in such a wealth of knowledge and expertise with these three employees. The combination of Melanie’s experience, Ernie’s proven sales success, and Craig’s technical expertise will prove significant as Mount Vernon Mills continues its success in the FR industry.”


Mount Vernon FR – Wear it for Life:

When laundered to manufacturer’s specifications, the flame resistance of all Mount Vernon FR fabrics is guaranteed for the life of the garment.  And with total manufacturing control over more than 25 production processes in the company’s vertically integrated manufacturing facility located in Trion, Ga., customers can have confidence in knowing that every Mount Vernon FR fabric will be of the highest level of quality, durability and reliability. Learn more at


About Mount Vernon Mills & Mount Vernon FR:

Mount Vernon Mills is a 165-year-old manufacturer of textile, chemical and related products for the apparel, industrial, institutional and commercial markets. Mount Vernon FR is part of Mount Vernon Mills’ Apparel Fabrics Group, which produces denim, flame resistant and piece-dyed fabric. It is the largest of all the Mount Vernon Mills groups, accounting for more than half of all company sales. More information can be found at or

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Whisnant, Quixote Group
(336) 544-2418