Schenck of United Knitting recognized as 'visionary'
Margaret Miller Schenck, daughter of the late Faye Miller of Canton, was the winner of the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce M.C. Headrick Free Enterprise Award. Shenck is the 34th recipient of the award and only the fourth woman to receive it since its inception in 1981.
Schenck is the executive vice president/partner of United Knitting LP and is a visionary of change and opportunity in the textile industry. She was honored during special ceremonies at the chamber’s 88th annual meeting.
Schenck was one of five general partners and founders who pooled their resources in March 1982 to launch Knitting United. The partners installed special equipment in a rented building to produce gussets for hosiery. Over 31 years later, United Knitting is a recognized world leader in manufacturing knitted technical fabrics. Called a “true visionary,” Schenck survived in a diminishing textile industry by championing the changes necessary to make the company a world-class leader of manufacturing highly technical fabrics. Today, the company produces fabrics for such leading brands as Tommy Copper, Under Armour and The North Face fleece.
Shenck is a 1967 graduate of Pisgah High School. She and her husband, David, have been married for 45 years. They have a son, Andy, who is married to Claudia, and two grandchildren.