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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) _ Charles Albert ``Chuck'' Hayes, the longtime leader of the struggling textile giant Guilford Mills, died Sunday in South Carolina. He was 68.

Hayes had been with Guilford Mills for more than 40 years, and continued to serve as chairman of the company after stepping down from his post as chief executive officer in 2000.

Guilford Mills filed for bankruptcy March 13, joining three other North Carolina textile giants under bankruptcy court protection.

Hayes, who lived in Greensboro, was president of the industry's leading lobbying group, the Washington, D.C.-based American Textile Manufacturers Institute. The group represents about 200 textile manufacturers and suppliers.