Downlite’s Clive Wilkie – Vice President, QA and Compliance Announces Retirement

June 16, 2022

Mason, OH /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – After a long and illustrious career in textiles, it is with great appreciation and thanks that Downlite announces the retirement of Clive Wilke, Vice President, QA & Compliance.

After 52 years in global textile quality assurance, Clive announced his retirement on April 14th. Clive will continue to work through a transition period.

Clive began his career at Scapa Multi-National Industrial Fabric Group in the United Kingdom. Later moved to the Canada and then to the United States. He continued his career in Home Textiles at United Feather and Down, Pacific Coast Feather and for the last five years at Downlite.

Over these 50 plus years, Clive’s contributions to the Home Textile industry are long and detailed. His hard work, commitment to excellence and simple dedication in what he loved to do, is admired by all who know him.

“Clive has brought a level of professionalism to the Home Textiles industry that is matched by few and exceeded by none.  Downlite is better from having him for the last five years, the industry better for having him for decades.  We wish him a full and wonderful retirement.  Personally, I want to thank Clive for the way he always conducted himself and for being an example to so many.  I am lucky to have called him a colleague, luckier yet to call him a friend,” stated Joe Crawford, CEO.

Clive leaves with a complete and comprehensive process structure in place, enabling his successor Tokkie Sharar to continue advancing Downlite’s efforts in global quality assurance.

For More Information Contact:

Beth Cochran,,, 406.579.7909

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Based in Mason, OH, DOWNLITE designs, develops, manufactures, and markets bedding products including: comforterspillowsmattress padsblanketsthrows, and more. Downlite provides natural feather and down fills to most global outdoor brands. A leader in responsible sourcing, Downlite is proud to have been awarded the first RDS Scope Certificate. Additionally, Downlite was offered the first TDS-Certified supply chain globally—both from Europe and the U.S. Downlite has four U.S.-based manufacturing sites and one manufacturing site in Canada; its sourcing teams are based in China, Europe, and the U.S. Downlite has been a bluesign system partner since 2012 and is a proud member of the American Feather & Down Council and the International Down & Feather Bureau. Downlite Outdoor

Some current DOWNLITE Outdoor customers include: Patagonia, The North Face, Mammut, REI, Canada Goose, Lululemon, Ralph Lauren, Aritzia, Lilly Pulitzer, Columbia Sportswear, Haglöfs, Cascade Designs, and Banana Republic.