SHEBOYGAN, WI – Today it was announced that Joseph D. Wahlquist, vice president of global materials development at Rockline Industries, received the 12th INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award from INDA, the Association of Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. The award recognizes excellence in technical innovation in the nonwovens industry and is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the commercial success of the industry as a whole.
Wahlquist is a 37-year veteran of the nonwovens industry and has contributed to six patents. He joined Rockline in 2000 and, in his role as vice president, manages the development and commercialization of nonwoven fabric substrates and specialty papers for Rockline around the world.
Says Randy Rudolph, president, Rockline Industries, “Rockline Industries congratulates Joe Wahlquist on his outstanding achievement. Joe’s innovations in the nonwovens industry have been paramount in Rockline’s success for the past 14 years, and we’re thrilled that INDA has awarded him with such a great honor.”
Wahlquist received the award at the INDA Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference on March 11. Since 2001, the INDA Lifetime Technical Achievement Award is given to individuals who have a long established technical career in the nonwovens industry. Recipients are nominated by member companies and interested stakeholders. INDA’s Technical Advisory Board then determines the winner based upon a candidate’s nonwovens technology involvement, active INDA membership, and at least 20 years of industry service based on advancing the technology of the industry and culminating with commercial successes.
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industry doing business globally. Since 1968, INDA events have helped members connect, learn, innovate and develop their businesses.
About Rockline Industries
Rockline Industries was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. It is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of coffee filters and consumer, health care, industrial and institutional wet wipes. A family-owned company, Rockline has repeatedly created first-to-market product design solutions for the wet wipe consumer, and continues to provide innovative products to the nonwovens industry. Rockline employs approximately 2,000 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, Arkansas, New Jersey, England and South China. For more information on Rockline Industries, visit www.RocklineInd.com.