Shimizu: It's time to say goodbye
January 20, 2003,
Closing out a 20-year career at Pillowtex Corp., and writing one of the last pages in the chronicle of the company's dramatic rise and fall from grace, Scott Shimizu has resigned as executive vp, effective at the end of this month.
"It's just time to go," Shimizu told Home Textiles Today in a telephone interview. "It was great while it lasted, and I love this place; it's been my whole life, but it's time."
Shimizu said he has no current plans. "I'm still here through the end of this month, and I'll think about it then."
Shimizu was one of the three principal agents of Pillowtex's growth over the past decades, along with former owner John Silverthorne and, later, Hansen. During Shimizu's tenure, the company grew from $35 million in annual sales to slightly in excess of $1.5 billion after it acquired Fieldcrest Cannon.
What's he most proud of?
"You know, it's the queerest thing in the world …but the thing that I'm really proud of is that we never missed a payroll," he said. "Even when things were at their worst, when the wheels were falling off the company, when Hansen was out of there and no one was really running the company before we went into bankruptcy. We never missed a single one.
"It wasn't easy, and sometimes we had to get real creative; but we always got the paychecks out. Sometimes with a lot of help from friends, but we did it."
What will he miss the most? "Everything. The people, the products, the customers. I love it here. This place has been my life. Even at its worst, it was the best place in the world to work."
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