INDA Honors Nonwoven Industry Professionals with Lifetime Achievement Awards

Joseph D. Wahlquist and Thomas A. Justice Receive Industry’s Most Prestigious Technical and Service Awards

Cary, NC – March 14, 2014 – INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has recognized two expert nonwoven industry advocates with its most prestigious awards in 2014. Joseph D. Wahlquist of Rockline Industries was honored for Lifetime Technical Achievement and Thomas A. Justice of Zene, LLC for Lifetime Service.

INDA President David Rousse presented the awards at the association’s Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference March 10-12 at Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Wahlquist’s experience and commitment to the nonwovens industry was a critical, determining factor in earning him the 2014 Lifetime Technical Achievement Award. He has a long history of technical innovation leading to the development of Intellectual Property creating new products and processes. Wahlquist holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin. He has held the position of Vice President of Global Materials Development for the past 14 years at Rockline Industries.

“Joe Wahlquist has had an integral role for key technical developments in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry. His many years of service and contributions towards six patents have garnered him much respect and recognition throughout the industry. Plus, he has been an active member on many INDA Committees sharing his technical insights. Joe is extremely deserving of this honor,” said Rousse.

The INDA Lifetime Service Award recognizes an individual who has a long-established record of service to INDA and the nonwoven/engineered fabrics industry. Justice received the award for his outstanding contributions and tireless efforts in helping INDA and the industry grow. Justice has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University and is currently the Principal at Zene, LLC.

Rousse said, “Tom Justice has been a champion for INDA and INDA activities. He has been a significant key contributor as an INDA Filtration Committee member and, subsequently, its chairperson, resulting in outstanding program content for our filtration events. INDA greatly appreciates his expertise, wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for making INDA activities successful, and is proud to honor Tom with this award.”

The INDA Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference is designed to include a combination of INDA’s annual business meeting; a leadership conference with speakers presenting on global topics; and opportunities to network with fellow INDA members as well as the INDA Board of Directors.

For details on INDA’s Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference 2015, Feb. 23-25, 2015, Inn at Harbor Town, The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, South Carolina, visit

About INDA INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry doing business globally. Since 1968, INDA events have helped members connect, learn, innovate and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies. For more information, visit


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