International Textile Group, Inc. is realigning its Cone Denim and Burlington Worldwide businesses to create a single apparel fabrics group called ITG Apparel & Specialty Fabrics.

Going forward, the Greensboro, NC-based company will operate two primary businesses: ITG Apparel & Specialty Fabrics and ITG Automotive Safety Group.

“We are moving to the next level in ITG’s evolution as a global provider,” says Joseph L. Gorga, President and CEO of ITG. “Combining our apparel resources into a single business provides a simpler, more robust platform to leverage our strengths and offer customers greater support within a more flexible, cost-competitive structure.”

ITG’s automative businesses already function as one group.

Kenneth T. Kunberger, President of Burlington WorldWide, has been named President of the ITG Apparel & Specialty Fabrics group. Specific product lines within the Apparel group will be led by Jeff Peck, Executive Vice President Technical & Specialty Products, and Patrick Palmer, Executive Vice President Worsted Wool Products. Kunberger will lead the cotton products group which combines the Cone Denim and Burlington WorldWide cotton casual businesses.

Tom McKenna, President of Cone Denim, is, however, leaving the company but will stay through the transition period.

International Textile Group, Inc., a global, diversified textile manufacturer that produces automotive safety, apparel, government uniform, technical and specialty textiles, currently employs approximately 12,000 people worldwide and has operations in the US, Mexico, China, Germany, Romania, the Czech Republic, Poland, South Africa, Nicaragua and Vietnam.