National Cotton Council Annual Meeting

Feb. 14, 2005

‘Good’ CAFTA can help industry

WASHINGTON, DC — The National Cotton Council of America called on the Bush Administration to continue to work with cotton and textile industry organizations to find ways to reduce detrimental impacts on the U.S. and its partners in the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).

Woods Eastland, a Mississippi cooperative executive, was elected chairman of the National Cotton Council during the group’s 67th annual meeting. He succeeds Woody Anderson, a Colorado City, TX, producer.

During its 67th annual meeting here Jan. 27-31, the association said that damage to the domestic industry and its CAFTA partners would be caused by the granting of preferential treatment to components produced in third countries.

“We believe there are opportunities to work with the administration to improve the competitive situation confronting the U.S. cotton and textile industries without a re-negotiation of the current CAFTA,” said Woody Anderson, immediate past chairman of the NCC and a Colorado City, TX, producer. “We look forward to working with the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and the administration both in developing a sound implementation plan for CAFTA and in taking other steps that will improve the competitive situation confronting the U.S. cotton textile industry.”

During the meeting, Anderson was succeeded as chairman by Woods Eastland, a Mississippi cooperative executive.

Anderson complimented the administration’s efforts to address the cotton industry’s international trade priorities with respect to trade agreements in the western hemisphere, import safeguards and multilateral trade negotiations.

“We believe it is this administration’s goal to build bridges to the U.S. textile manufacturing community and find solutions to many of its economic difficulties,” he said. “The next several weeks will be critical in this process.”

A good CAFTA is essential to preserving a viable U.S. cotton and textile industry and is expected to increase the use of U.S. cotton and its products, but exceptions to the rules-of-origin contained in the agreement continue to raise concerns that the agreement is not as beneficial as it could be, Anderson added.

The Council Chairman praised the leadership of the U.S. textile industry for its effort to work with the administration to develop creative solutions to the financial crisis facing that industry.

“Our textile leadership is innovative and determined,” Anderson said. “We will work with them to develop a broad range of trade initiatives that can be embraced by Congress and the administration.”

Industry representatives have expressed concern over the effects of the tariff preference level (TPL) and cumulation provisions of the deal.

Representatives of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office is in discussions with U.S. textile manufacturers and cotton producers on the impact of the CAFTA pact between the U.S. and five Central American countries and the Dominican Republic.

The USTR is aiming to get congressional approval for legislation implementing the deal before Memorial Day, according to reports.

Officers elected

Eastland served as the NCC’s vice chairman in 2004 and succeeds Woody Anderson, a Colorado City, TX, producer.

Eastland has served as president and chief executive officer of Greenwood-based Staplcotn Cooperative Association and Staplcotn Discount Corporation since 1986. He has been a cotton, soybean and rice producer in Sunflower County since 1974.

Eastland also serves as vice president and director of AMCOT, and is a director of the Delta Council, Mississippi Chemical Corporation, and The Seam, LLC. He is past president and chairman of Cotton Council International, a past member of the New York Cotton Exchange’s Board of Managers, a past director of the Memphis Branch Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and a former member of the New York Board of Trade’s Board of Governors.

A native of Doddsville, MS, Eastland holds a B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University, and a J.D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He is a licensed lay reader in the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi.

Allen B. Helms Jr., a Clarkedale, AR, producer who served as NCC treasurer in 2004, will serve as NCC vice chairman.

Re-elected as NCC vice presidents were Charles Owen, a Pima, AZ, ginner; Gail Kring, a Lubbock, TX, crusher; Fred Underwood, a Lubbock, TX, warehouseman; Robert Weil II, a Montgomery, AL, merchant; and G. Stephen Felker, a Monroe, GA, textile manufacturer.

Craig Shook, a Corpus Christi, TX, producer, was elected secretary-treasurer.

Re-elected NCC staff officers were Dr. Mark Lange, NCC president and chief executive officer; Dr. Gary Adams, vice president, Economics and Policy Analysis; Craig Brown, vice president, Producer Affairs; Fred Johnson, vice president, Administration and Program Coordination; Dr. Andy Jordan, vice president, Technical Services; and Dr. Bill M. Norman, vice president, Ginner Services; all of Memphis; and John Maguire, senior vice president, Washington Operations; and Allen Terhaar, vice president, Foreign Operations; both in Washington, DC.

NCC board of directors

Elected to the National Cotton Council board of directors during interest caucuses were:

Manufacturers — Roger W. Chastain, Greenville, SC; W. Duke Kimbrell, Gastonia, NC; Jerry D. Rowland, Winston- Salem, NC; D. Harding Stowe, Belmont, NC; Van A. May, Lubbock, TX

Producers — Ronald C. Fleming, Scotland Neck, NC; Jon W. Hardwick, Newellton, LA; Rickey Bearden, Plains, TX; Wiley Murphy, Tucson, AZ; John E. Pucheu Jr., Tranquility, CA

Ginners — Burges U. Griffin Jr, Lewiston, NC; William A. Guthrie, Newellton, LA; Sid Brough, Edroy, TX; Barbara L. Haralson, Safford, AZ; Larry R. McClendon, Marianna, AR

Warehousemen — Tommy Malin, Memphis, TN; Thomas W. Stallings, Funston, GA; Shane Stephens, Greenwood, MS; Wendell L. Tucker, Quanah, TX; Robert Weatherford, Corpus Christi, TX

Merchants — W. B. Dunavant III, Memphis, TN; Manfred Schiefer, Lubbock, TX; John D. Mitchell, Cordova,TN; Gary Taylor, Cordova, TN; G.W. Winburne, Phoenix, AZ

Cottonseed — Austin Rose, Abilene, TX; Bobby Crum, Harlingen, TX; Robert L. Lacy Jr., Lubbock, TX; J. Gary Conkling, Oklahoma City, OK; Sammy Wright, Tifton, GA

Cooperatives — Meredith Allen, Greenwood, MS; David L. Hand, El Paso, TX; Jarral Neeper, Bakersfield, CA; Wallace L. Darneille, Lubbock, TX; Jeffery A. Thompson, Prattville, AL

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Memphis merchant named president

WASHINGTON, DC — Gary W. Taylor, a Memphis, TN, merchant, was elected president of Cotton Council International (CCI), moving up from first vice president.

Gary Taylor

He was named during CCI’s annual meeting at the National Cotton Council’s annual meeting here. CCI is the NCC’s export promotions arm.

Taylor, president and chief executive officer for Cargill Cotton Company, is a director of the NCC and the American Cotton Shippers Association, of which he is a past president.

He also is a past director of the Southern Cotton Association and a founding board member of two Memphis firms, The Seam and EWR, Inc. Taylor succeeds Robert Norris, a cooperative official in Bakersfield, CA, who becomes CCI board chairman.

Other CCI officers elected for 2005 are: first vice president, David L. Burns, producer, Laurel Hill, NC; second vice president, Michael M. Adams, cooperative official from Greenwood, MS; and treasurer, Robert S. Weil II, a Montgomery, AL, merchant.

Mark D. Lange of Memphis was re-elected secretary and Allen A. Terhaar of Washington, DC, was re-elected assistant secretary.

CCI elected two new directors for 2005 — John Burch, cooperative official, Bakersfield, CA; and Richard Kelley, producer, Burlison, TN.

Re-elected directors include:

• producers — Cliett A. Lowman III, Kingsville, TX; Clyde T. Sh arpe, Yuma, AZ; Ted D. Sheely, Lemoore, CA; Lawrence E. Starrh, Shafter, CA; James L. Webb, Leary, GA; and Mark D. Williams, Farwell, TX;

• ginners — Thomas S. “Sid” Brough, Edroy, TX; and Robert W. Glassman, Fresno, CA;

• merchants — Eduardo L. Esteve Jr., Dallas, TX; Rodger C. Glaspey, Fresno, CA; R. Dale Grounds, Dallas, TX; Adolph Weil III, Montgomery, AL; and William G. Winburne, Phoenix, AZ;

• cooperatives — David L. Hand, El Paso, TX; and Lonnie D. Winters, Lubbock, TX;

• cottonseed processors/dealers — Gail Kring, Lubbock, TX;

• warehousemen — Vance C. Shoaf, Milan, TN; and

• manufacturers — Jerry D. Rowland, Winston-Salem, NC; Kingsville, TX; and Owen J. “Trey” Hodges III, Columbus, GA.

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ACP re-elects Pucheu chair; NCGA taps McClendon

WASHINGTON, DC — John E. Pucheu Jr., a producer from Tranquillity, CA, was re-elected chairman of the American Cotton Producers (ACP) of the National Cotton Council (NCC) during the NCC’s 67th annual annual meeting here.

Robert A. Carson Jr., Marks, MS; Sam Spruell, Mount Hope, AL; and Daniel M. Davis, Elk City, OK, were re-elected as ACP vice chairmen.

Elected as regional directors for the ACP were Jon W. Hardwick, representing the Mid-South; and Rickey Bearden, Plains, TX, representing the Southwest.

Re-elected regional directors were Ronald C. Fleming, Scotland Neck, NC, representing the Southeast; and Wiley Murphy, Tucson, AZ, representing the West.

Meanwhile, Larry McClen-don, president of McClendon, Mann & Felton Gin in Marianna, AR, is the 2005-06 president of the Memphis, TN-based National Cotton Ginners Association (NCGA). He was installed here at the NCGA’s annual meeting.

Other officers elected by NCGA include first vice president, Russell Kuhnhenn, Buckeye, AZ; second vice president, Van Murphy, Quitman, GA; and third vice president, Chris Breedlove, Olton, TX.

Outgoing president Sid Brough, Edroy, TX, now serves as board chairman, and Dr. Bill Norman, Memphis, TN, is executive vice president.

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Stenholm gets Baker Award

WASHINGTON, DC — Former Texas Congressman Charles Stenholm is the recipient of the 2005 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award for Cotton.

The award, named for the late California industry leader and NCC President Harry S. Baker, is presented annually to a deserving individual who has provided extraordinary service, leadership and dedication to the U.S. cotton industry.

Stenholm worked with his friend and colleague from West Texas, Larry Combest, to steer the 2002 farm law through Congress. During his distinguished career, Stenholm also was deeply involved in crafting U.S. fiscal and budgetary policy.

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Apparel manufacturer

Feb. 14, 2005

Sara Lee to spin off apparel unit

CHICAGO — Sara Lee Corporation said Feb. 10 it plans to spin off businesses accounting for about 40 percent of its revenues, including its branded apparel unit, based in Winston-Salem, NC.

The “transformation plan” includes the disposition of its European packaged meats and direct selling businesses, along with its apparel division.

Sara Lee also named a new CEO, Brenda C. Barnes, to lead the major overhaul of the company. She replaces C. Steven McMillan, who will remain chairman until October.

In line with its new organization, the company said it will make some dramatic changes to its portfolio. Last month, Sara Lee announced that it was formally exploring the sale of its $1.8 billion European apparel business.

With its latest announcement, the company also is pursuing the spin-off of the balance of its apparel business, Branded Apparel, Americas/Asia, into an independent, publicly traded company.

“We are confident Branded Apparel has a tremendous future and will flourish in today’s marketplace as an independent, publicly traded company,” said McMillan. “With some of the most powerful brands in the industry ... we believe that spinning off the $4.5 billion apparel business into a stand-alone, Fortune 500 company will be beneficial to Sara Lee shareholders.”

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U.S.-China Economic
and Security Review Commission

Feb. 14, 2005

NCTO, AMTAC officials testify

WASHINGTON, DC — Representatives of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC) were among those who testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission this month.

NCTO President Cass Johnson and AMTAC Executive Director Auggie Tantillo on Feb. 4 testified on the threat posed by China in textile and apparel manufacturing and how the removal of quotas on imports from China is likely to impact the U.S. textile and apparel sector.

The hearing is part of a two-day public hearing of the commission to examine China’s compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations to date and the potential actions and strategies the U.S. government should pursue to address compliance shortfalls.

As a component of the hearings, the commission also explored the use and effectiveness of the various import safeguards permitted under China’s WTO accession agreement.

Also testifying were UNITEHERE Vice President Harris Raynor, NRF Vice President and International Trade Counsel Erik Autor and USA-ITA Vice President Julia Hughes.

Johnson’s testimony highlighted the assertion that “for the past 15 years, China’s government has been aggressively implementing an ambitious plan to make its textile and apparel sector the dominant player in world trade,” he said.

“In pursuit of this goal, the Chinese government has poured tens of billions of dollars into its textile and apparel sector in the form of free capital, direct and indirect subsidies and a host of other ‘incentives’ to drive competitors out of the markets and create an environment where no one, including the lowest cost-producing countries in the world, can compete with China in world markets,” he added.

He went on to say that in every case where China has gone head to head with other producers, China has won by enormous margins.

“Typically, China has ended up with a 75 percent share of the market with the next largest supplier getting 5 percent. This happens because of the pervasive and aggressive intervention of the Chinese government in its textile and apparel sector.”

In response to China’s unfair trade practices and the threat it poses to textile and apparel producers around the world and especially those in the U.S., Johnson called on the U.S. government to:

• move ahead quickly on the safeguard petitions or self-initiate safeguard actions on its own;

• push for a permanent safeguard mechanism in the Doha Round of trade talks; and

• impose punitive sanctions on China’s imports if China does not move quickly to float its currency, initiate WTO subsidy cases against China’s use of government banks to finance its export machine, clamp down on massive transshipments and illegal smuggling of textile and apparel products from China and reverse the Commerce Department’s position against allowing industry to attack China’s subsidy schemes using countervailing duty laws.

Meanwhile, Tantillo told the panel that, unless restrained in a forceful and effective manner, it is likely that China will control 75 percent or more of the U.S. and 50 percent or more of the global textile and apparel market by the end of 2007.

If that scenario occurs, 30 million jobs, including more than 500,000 from the U.S., would be shifted from the rest of the world to China, he said.

Other consequences of allowing China to monopolize global trade in textiles and clothing are “equally disturbing,” Tantillo said.

“If the U.S. government concedes Chinese monopolization of the U.S. and global textile and clothing markets, it will lose enormous policy making influence in the world,” Tantillo said.

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Feb. 14, 2005

Conitex Sonoco buys D E Williams Company

GASTONIA, NC — Conitex Sonoco, the world’s largest manufacturer of paper carriers for the spun yarn industry, has purchased the assets of The D E Williams Company.

The D. E. Williams Company is a leading manufacturer in the Americas of sliver cans for carding, drawing, combing and spinning. This acquisition strengthens Conitex Sonoco’s commitment and focus on the spun yarn industry, according to a company spokesperson.

The D E Williams company was founded in 1972 by Dave “Shorty” Williams Jr. as a supplier of roving cans, casters and accessories to the textile industry throughout North America. In 1975, Williams was joined by his son, Davis Williams III, who continued the company’s personalized service to the industry.

The D E Williams Co. developed the Peerless Can in the early 1990s and it remains the can of choice in today’s market as the result of the consistent quality, uniformity and durability.

The can manufacturing equipment has been relocated to Conitex Sonoco’s facility here. All cans will be manufactured at this location.

Williams III and Gary Crowley, executive vice president of The D E Williams Company, will assist in the technology transfer to ensure continuity and product quality.

Conitex Sonoco said it will continue to provide can accessories and the outstanding line of Closa casters. These product lines, along with cones and tubes, will be serviced by Conitex Sonoco’s sales team throughout the Americas.

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Feb. 14, 2005

American Monforts to represent PLEVA

CHARLOTTE, NC — Dr. Ralf Pleva, president of PLEVA GmbH of Empfingen, Germany and PLEVA USA in Rutherfordton, NC, announced the appointment of American Monforts, LLC, based here, as its sales representative for the U.S. and Central America.

The representation will include the complete line of equipment manufactured by PLEVA. The line is highlighted by the fabric straightener using camera technology to sense the fabric pattern.

It also includes sensors for reliable measurement of fabric temperature within the dryer house, humidity control for the exhaust and microwave sensors for fabric moisture.

The microwave sensor has been beneficial and provides large cost savings in the measurement of size application and slashers, according to PLEVA. It is used for reliable dye liquor pick-up control at the dye padder, as well, the company added.

According to Joe Okey Jr., president of American Monforts, and Mike Eplee of PLEVA USA, both companies had expressed interest in this relationship for some time.

“We are excited about our involvement and expect to utilize the PLEVA technology to help our industry,” Okey said. “Both Billy Norris and I have had much experience with this type of equipment and look forward to working with such a great company as PLEVA.”

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Feb. 14, 2005

SDL Atlas reports good India show

STOCKPORT, ENGLAND — Officials of SDL Atlas and its Indian operation, Atlas MTT, reported greater-than-expected interest and sales after they exhibited key new textile testing products during the 2004 India-ITME trade show.

The Indian exhibition attracted visitors and textile industry companies from across India, as well as from many countries throughout the Middle East.

“The response our products received at ITME was astonishing,” said Chris Lawler, SDL Atlas sales manager for India. “It is apparent that Indian textile manufacturers are seriously gearing up for the post-quota era. To assure quality, these producers will need reliable testing equipment that conforms to various international standards. At SDL Atlas, we’re perfectly positioned to supply them.”

The new DigiEye Color Fastness Grading System was among the most popular new products highlighted at the SDL Atlas booth, the company said. A reliable digital grading system, the DigiEye uses optical imaging and a non-contact method for evaluating color in small and irregularly shaped samples, according to the company.

The system is perfect for testing of carpets, printed fabrics, lingerie and velours.

Also on display at the show were a new Martindale Abrasion & Pilling Tester, the Universal Tensile Tester, a new Compound Digital Microscope, the AATCC Electronic Crockmeter, a QuickWash system for rapid shrink testing, as well as accessories and consumables.

Atlas MTT staff from Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi helped answer questions from visitors to the booth.

The SDL Atlas Group of companies offers the largest range of textile testing products, supplies, consumables, and services.

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Feb. 14, 2005

Hills, partner to create extrusion equipment

WEST MELBOURNE, FL — Hills, Inc., based here, and Changyuan Elastan Machine Manufacturing Co., Ltd., of Zhangjiagang City China, announced their joint development in the field of melt spun spandex fiber extrusion equipment.

Hills, a leader in multi-component fiber extrusion technology, and Changyuan, experts in manufacturing elastic filament equipment, will collectively design, develop and manufacture machines for the synthetic fiber industry.

The co-developed machines will be sold by Hills outside of China under the Hills/CY brand name.

Currently, the two companies are working together on such a project.

Later this year, a Hills/CY machine will be available for demonstration at Changyuan Elastan Machine.

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Feb. 14, 2005

All Milliken & Co. plants now ‘STAR’ safety sites

LAGRANGE, GA — Milliken & Company, recently designated one of the safest companies in the nation, announced that its Live Oak Plant has been designated a “STAR” Site in workplace safety and health by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Jonathan L. Snare, OSHA acting assistant secretary, presented the award to employees at the plant. He was assisted by Cindy Coe Laseter, Regional Administrator for OSHA Region IV.

The certification means 100 percent of Milliken & Company’s United States' manufacturing locations have received the distinguished VPP Star designation, an accomplishment that ranks Milliken 4th in the total number of sites in the nation.

As of December there were only 1,129 certified VPP STAR sites out of more than 6.5 million potential work sites in the United States. Milliken & Co. holds claim to 44 of those certified sites.

The Milliken Live Oak Plant is one of Milliken’s largest and most complex manufacturing locations. The plant produces finished carpeting for the residential, commercial and hospitality markets using exclusive Milliken Millitron® technology.

In 1995 Live Oak burned to the ground. The plant evacuated safely and no one was injured.

EPA awards Honeywell Project of Year award

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ — Honeywell has received the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) Project of the Year award for 2004 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for an innovative landfill gas recovery initiative.

The award was presented to Honeywell, in partnership with Enerdyne Power Systems and Waste Management, Inc., during the LMOP Conference in Baltimore, MD.

In 2002, Honeywell, Enerdyne and Waste Management teamed up to construct a 23-mile pipeline from the WMI Atlantic Waste landfill in Waverly, VA, to the Honeywell Nylon plant in Hopewell, VA. When the pipeline was completed in January 2004, it began flowing methane-rich landfill gas (LFG) from the Waverly site to the Honeywell plant, reducing the site’s demand for natural gas fuel by 15 percent.

Industry companies offer tsunami relief

Two companies announced relief efforts to help victims of the tsunami in Asia.

Owen Manufacturing, a division of Springs Industries, has produced and shipped blankets to join a load of relief supplies coordinated by Samaritan’s Purse.

Owen made about 40,000 yards of blanket material for a donation to help more than 20,000 tsunami victims. Samaritan’s Purse relief workers were to cut and distribute blankets and help build temporary shelters for victims of the disaster.

Meanwhile, Sonoco, on behalf of its employees throughout the world and in particular for those whose countries and fellow countrymen have been so severely impacted, has made contributions totaling $75,000 to relief efforts in Indonesia and Thailand.

Sonoco has tube and core operations in both countries.

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On the Move

Feb. 14, 2005

Self named president of Greenwood Mills

GREENWOOD, SC — Greenwood Mills announced that James C. Self III, its executive vice president and chief operating officer, was named the company’s president during the company’s recent board meeting.

James Self III

Self fills the position left vacant with the departure of Larry Englert, who joined the company in 2001 with the turnaround management firm Anderson, Bauman, Tourtellot, Vos and Co.

“We appreciate the work Larry did during his three-year commitment in helping us turn the company around and I am looking forward to continuing and building upon our recent success,” Self said.

Self becomes the first member of the Self family since 1997 to lead the privately held company.

Self joined Greenwood in 1991 and has held several management positions during his career in the U.S. and abroad, with responsibilities for purchasing, production planning, sales and manufacturing.

He is a graduate of Clemson University and holds and M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina.

The company also announced that Gary W. Coleman, president of the company’s SingleSource Apparel subsidiary, has been named a director of the parent company. He has been in his current position since joining the company in 1994.

Prior to joining Greenwood, Coleman held management positions with some of the industry’s top apparel companies such as Cherokee, Gitano, Big Yank, Crystal Brands, Britannia, Kellwood and Garan.

Coleman is a native of Arkansas and a graduate of Arkansas State.

Greenwood, which recently celebrated 115 years of business, makes fabrics for the U.S. military, protective clothing and specialty industry markets.

Avondale Mills promotes two to vice president

GRANITEVILLE, SC — Dominic P. Colapietro has been promoted to vice president of Workwear and Anthony F. Strickland has been promoted to vice president of Sportswear at Avondale Apparel Fabrics.

Colapietro will be responsible for all aspects of merchandising workwear fabrics. Colapietro joined the company in April 1991 and has held various managerial positions in the marketing area of apparel fabrics, most recently as vice president of Sportswear. He is a graduate of Fordham University.

Strickland joined the company in November 1994 and has held various positions in technical service and product development of our apparel fabrics division, most recently as director of Product Development, Sportswear Fabrics.

He is a graduate of Auburn University.

Both will report to John G. Hudson Jr., president of Marketing and Sales.

Meanwhile, George W. Lansdowne Jr. has been appointed vice president of Piece-dyed Business Development. He will report to John G. Hudson Jr., president of Marketing and Sales.

Lansdowne joined the company in 1988 and has held various marketing positions in the Apparel Fabrics Division, most recently as vice president of Workwear Fabrics.

He is a graduate of Rutgers University.

Malden Mills finalizes senior management team

LAWRENCE, MA — Malden Mills Industries, Inc. has appointed Edward Schade chief financial officer and Jonathan Adelman executive vice president of Global Sales.

These appointments follow closely on the heels of hiring Andrew Vecchione as chief operating officer, all under the direction of new CEO Michael Spillane, who joined the company in July.

Schade brings more than 35 years of corporate finance experience to his role at Malden Mills, most recently as CFO with The Hinckley Company. He has also held senior leadership positions at Totes Isotoner Corporation as CFO and Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. as vice president and CFO.

Schade has extensive senior financial management experience in financial recapitalization, IPO, M&A transactions and turnaround initiatives.

Adelman has almost 30 years of executive experience in the textile and apparel industry. He comes to Malden Mills from New River Industries, where he served as managing director. Prior to New River Industries, Adelman was president and CEO of Lida Stretch Fabrics and business manager/director of marketing of Milliken & Company.

He will oversee sales in Asia and Europe, as well as in North America.

Cheek, formerly of Nilit, joins Regal Mfg. Co.

HICKORY, NC — Regal Manufacturing Co. & Rubyco of Canada, a leader in covered elastic yarn and narrow elastic fabrics, announced that Mac Cheek has joined the company as general manager.

Mac Cheek

Cheek, most recently president of Nilit, brings a diverse background to the Regal & Rubyco teams with experience in understanding market potential, expanding sales both internationally and domestically, diversifying end uses and driving research and development, the company said.

Cheek will be working closely with both Stewart Little, CEO, and Alex Hakim, president of North and South America divisions, to build and promote Regal & Rubyco and its products.

Cheek brings more than two decades of expertise in the textile and fiber industries. With a proficiency in being an innovator and building strong teams, he joins Regal & Rubyco after spending almost a decade at Israel-based nylon manufacturer Nilit Ltd, serving as president.

Cheek also held key positions at Burlington Industries, along with ICI in the United States and Europe.

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Pickin' Cotton

Feb. 14, 2005

Continued industry contraction expected

By Odyll Santos

The U.S. cotton industry faces several challenges in 2005, and key among them is the contraction of the textile sector. Domestic textile makers are likely to see their businesses continue to contract amid more intense competition from foreign textile makers, said Gary Adams, the National Cotton Council’s vice president for economics and policy analysis, in his economic outlook for 2005.

Adams was speaking before industry members and guests who attended the NCC’s annual meeting in Washington at the end of January.

Textile makers have seen business continue to slow down in 2004, though at a slower rate than in past years, Adams said. Domestic mill use for 2004-05 is estimated at 6.20 million bales, 290,000 bales below the 2003 level. However, the removal of quotas on textile and apparel trade, which became effective on January 1, has increased competition from imported cotton textile products. That is expected to pressure retail prices even further, resulting in even more declines in the U.S. textile industry.

NCC economists expect U.S. cotton consumption to fall to 5.81 million bales in 2005-06. Adams noted that the latest USDA data indicate that about 60 percent of the world’s cotton is spun in China, India and Pakistan, and that percentage should increase with the recent elimination of quotas.

“As domestic mill use declines, exports will continue to be relied upon as the primary outlet for the U.S. crop,” Adams said.

Adams also gave projections for world cotton supply and demand. He projected smaller planted acreage in the 2005-06 marketing year, due to weaker cotton prices, and a return to average yields. As a result, world production is expected to decline to 104.63 million bales, 11 million below the 2004 level. Based on these estimates for production and consumption, global stocks are expected to decline by July 31, 2006, the end of the 2005-06 crop year. The global stocks-to-use ratio is projected at 42.5 percent, down from 45.1 percent for 2004-05.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., cotton growers are expected to plant 13.73 million acres in the 2005-06 crop year, according to the NCC’s annual plantings intentions survey, which was released on January 28. That is up 0.6 percent from plantings in 2004-05.

The survey’s results showed that growers intend to plant 13.48 million acres of upland cotton, an increase of 0.5 percent from 2004 plantings of 13.41 million acres. They expect to sow 255,000 acres of extra long staple (ELS) cotton, a 2.3 percent increase from the previous year.

Factoring in an average rate of abandonment, total upland and ELS harvested area is calculated at about 12.35 million acres. Using this harvested acreage figure and applying each state’s trend yield results in a projected total U.S. crop of 18.86 million bales. That is below 2004-05 domestic production of 23.01 million bales, the latest USDA estimate.

Stephen Slinsky, the NCC’s senior economist, said that as cotton growers considered which crops to plant for the 2005-06 crop year, they faced market conditions that were quite different from those they did a year earlier. Last year, prices for cotton, corn and soybeans were significantly higher than the loan value.

“As with every year, final acreage allocations will be heavily influenced by expected returns of cotton and competing crops,” Slinsky said. “However, this year, producers are paying special attention to agronomic considerations, such as disease management and soil moisture conditions.”

Among cotton growing regions, the U.S. Southeast saw a 3.2 percent decline in acreage to 2.86 million, while acreage in the West fell 11.3 percent to 770,000. However, the Mid-South is expected to raise plantings in 2005 by 6.8 percent to 3.67 million acres, and the Southwest is seen increasing plantings by 0.5 percent to 6.18 million acres.

The NCC survey was mailed in mid-December to about a third of cotton producers across the U.S. Cotton Belt.

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Yarn producer

Feb. 14, 2005

TSI to relocate from NC to VA

MARTINSVILLE, VA — Texturing Services Inc., a manufacturer of custom specialty yarns, is investing $14 million to relocate its operations here from Reidsville, NC.

Virginia Gov. Mark Warner made the announcement during his annual State of the Commonwealth address Jan. 12.

The company will move its manufacturing facility into the 219,900 square foot Bassett Walker Building, a former VF Imagewear property. TSI said it plans to employ 200 people in the next 30 months.

Sandy Tillman founded Texturing Services Inc. in 1987 and remains owner and president of the company.

TSI textures synthetic filament yarns for use in the automotive; residential/contract/hospitality upholstery; apparel and industrial weaving; and knitting markets. The company produces more than 300,000 pounds of yarn weekly to serve 35 national and international customers.

“We are delighted to be relocating to Martinsville and Henry County, Virginia,” said Ken Norman, executive vice president of Texturing Services, Inc. “Having outgrown our present manufacturing facility, we have been searching for the proper location.

“Our continued success depends on our ability to quickly exploit product development and growth opportunities in the global textile markets. A clean, safe and environmentally controllable manufacturing facility, an educated work force and proximity to major interstate highways are key elements to our strategy.”

Virginia’s pro-business climate along, with the efforts of the state and county’s business recruiting teams, convinced the company that Martinsville and Henry County meets its present and future needs, Norman added.

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Mill Notes

Feb. 14, 2005

Mohawk Industries acquires Wayn-Tex

CALHOUN, GA — Mohawk Industries, Inc. has purchased Wayn-Tex, Inc., a manufacturer of carpet backing materials.

Wayn-Tex operates manufacturing facilities in Waynesboro, VA, and Hillsville, VA, and employs about 550 people.

“Wayn-Tex has been a major supplier of carpet backing to Mohawk,” said Jeff Lorberbaum, Mohawk’s chairman and CEO. “They have earned a reputation as a solid manufacturing organization for quality, service and value. We look forward to welcoming their employees into the Mohawk family and becoming a part of these communities.”

Russell enters licensing deal with Japan firm

ATLANTA — Russell Corporation said it has entered into a master licensing agreement with Itochu Fashion System Co., Ltd. for the development of the Spalding brand in Japan. The five-year agreement includes all facets of brand building, from product development to distribution, and includes channels of distribution from large scale sporting goods stores to suburban specialty shops.

Crown Craft remains stable in third quarter

GONZALES, LA — Crown Crafts, Inc. reported net sales of $20.7 million for the third quarter, matching sales for the comparable quarter last year.

Net income was $918,000, or 4 cents per diluted share, compared to net income of $719,000, or 03 cents per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal year 2004.

Delta Apparel sees sales, earnings rise

DULUTH, GA — Delta Apparel, Inc. announced that second-quarter net income increased to $1.2 million compared to a year-ago loss of $100,000.

Diluted earnings per share for the quarter were 27 cents from a loss of 2 cents in the comparable quarter last year.

Sales increased 7.8 percent to $49.2 million from $45.6 million. The company attributed the sales growth primarily to “organic growth in the core Delta business.”

VF Corp. turns in record results in 4Q

GREENSBORO, NC — VF Corp., boosted by gains in its core jeans and outerwear businesses, turned in record results for the fourth quarter.

The apparel maker saw net income rise 19 percent to $125.3 million, or $1.10 a share, from $105.6 million, or 96 cents, a year ago. Its per-share earnings easily eclipsed the Thomson First Call consensus estimate of 95 cents a share.

Sales climbed 12 percent to $1.56 billion from $1.39 billion last year.

Full-year sales increased 16 percent to $6.1 billion from $5.2 billion. Net income rose 19 percent to $474.7 million from $397.9 million, with earnings per share rising 17 percent to $4.21 from $3.61.

Unifi stays on losing end in second quarter

GREENSBORO, NC — Unifi, Inc. reported a net loss from continuing operations of $4.7 million, or 9 cents per share, for the second quarter.

For the same period a year ago, the company lost $7 million, or 14 cents per share.

Including discontinued operations, the firm lost $7.7 million, or 15 cents per share. The company lost $9.2 million, or 18 cents per share, for the prior-year December quarter.

Sales, which include sales from the INVISTA polyester manufacturing assets acquired in September, were $208.5 million, an increase of $42.2 million or 25.4 percent, from $166.3 million last year.

“The success of the strategies and actions taken by the company are not only visible in our operating results, they have also prepared us for the elimination of quotas,” said Brian Parke, chairman and CEO. “Our products and services are more diversified and vertically integrated than ever and our cost structure remains competitive for the markets we serve.

“We are confident that the strength of our underlying business, our strong balance sheet, and strategies for global growth have the company well-prepared for the continued challenges that our industry will face in the year ahead.”

Dan River set to emerge after plan approved

DANVILLE, VA — Dan River Inc. announced that its reorganization plan has been confirmed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, setting the stage for its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this month.

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Spandex producer

Feb. 14, 2005

INVISTA revamps Apparel division

WILMINGTON, DE — INVISTA, which makes Lycra spandex and other fibers, announced a reorganization in is Apparel division.

INVISTA Apparel will now have two operating regions in Asia: one region will consist of China and Hong Kong, and the other region will consist of the rest of Asia.

William Yeoh has joined INVISTA as vice president, Apparel, China/Hong Kong.

Jong Se Kim is now vice president, Apparel, Asia with responsibility for the Apparel product portfolio for the Asia region besides China/Hong Kong.

Also, Greg Vas Nunes, most recently vice president, Apparel, Asia, will be leaving INVISTA to pursue other opportunities.

Jon Penrice, previously vice president of Marketing Apparel, has been appointed vice president, LYCRA® brand.

INVISTA’s commodity spandex product, ELASPAN®, will continue to be managed independently with Wally McWalter, vice president of Commercial Development and Spandex, based here. Sales execution of the spandex portfolio will be regionally-based under the leadership of Max Wiesendanger, vice president, Apparel Europe, based in Geneva, Switzerland; and Kent Smith, vice president, Apparel, Americas, based here.

INVISTA said it will unveil several products this year, including Black LYCRA® fibers, LYCRA® Body Care, Xtra Life LYCRA® for swimwear, LYCRA® T400 and COOLMAX® FreshFX, along with new innovations for TEFLON®, TACTEL®, and LYCRA® in denim and circular knit.

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Fabrics producer

Feb. 14, 2005

BondCote to expand production

PULASKI, VA — BondCote Corporation, a manufacturer of high-performance coated and laminated fabrics, announced last month that it has issued contracts for $2.7 million to expand production with a new, state-of-the-art coating line.

As a result of the investment, the company said its production capability will increase by at least 20 percent, and employment at the facility should grow by 15 percent by the time the equipment comes on-line in mid-2005.

The company also plans to add warehousing to support production, along with new laboratory development and testing equipment.

The expansion will include a coating system with an Isotex Automatic KP-1 coating head, thickness measuring and with the option to add finishing capability. The systems and processes will be monitored through current generation of a web-based industrial process monitoring system.

“It is great that our expansion will be in Pulaski County, the area where our business started over 55 years ago,” said Ted Anderson, president and CEO. “This increase in capacity will enable us to meet the significant growth we’re experiencing in our commercial fabric and government business, and the expansion will allow us to support commercial, industrial and government markets with new and existing products.”

This new investment follows an expansion made by BondCote earlier this year to provide RF welding on larger panels (60 feet in width) for fabrication customers, and investments in environmental systems to reduce waste generation by 40 percent.

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Nonwovens producer

Feb. 14, 2005

TechFab, LLC to expand manufacturing facility

ANDERSON, SC — TechFab, LLC announced plans to expand its current manufacturing facility.

The plant addition will house a wide width, state-of-the-art grid manufacturing line to produce C-GRID™, MeC-Grid® and other related grid reinforcement structures using TechFab’s proprietary technology.

The new line was designed jointly by the commercial development teams of TechFab and its joint venture partner Chomarat Composites.

“The new facility will manufacture a myriad of carbon fiber grid constructions and handle our proprietary epoxy materials all in a single, self-contained and tightly controlled environment,” said Bruce Hinton, general manager. “This capital investment is further demonstration of our belief in and commitment to the future of C-GRID.”

C-GRID is the trade name for TechFab’s patented carbon fiber line of epoxy grid reinforcements for use in concrete applications including precast concrete, shotcrete, cast-in-place, overlays, decorative concrete and repair and rehabilitation.

Separately, TechFab announced that it has executed a multi-year supply agreement with Zoltek Companies Inc. to use its carbon fiber in its C-GRID™ line of composite reinforcement products.

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February 14, 2005

What goes up?

IF YOU’RE ONE to cherish symbolism of the textile industry’s glorious past on these shores, you aren’t gushing much these days. Not if you’ve heard about the latest landmarks targeted for demolition this year. The former Pillowtex Corporation’s twin smokestacks — longtime icons of Kannapolis, NC, and its venerable textile history — are slated to be imploded sometime in the next few months, according to the new owner of the property. An hour or so up the road in Greensboro, NC, the six-month demolition into oblivion has begun at Burlington Industries’ former headquarters, an architectural marvel that also signifies a proud past.

Somewhere, Charlie Cannon and Spencer Love are spinning in their graves.

The razing of these structures mirrors the industry’s accelerated collapse of recent years. We’ve seen companies fall by the wayside at a record clip, taking a human job toll with them. But now we’re witnessing a removal of tangible vestiges of this industry’s once-bustling age, an erasure of disheartening proportions.

In Kannapolis, the 200-foot-tall smokestacks — one bearing the word “FIELDCREST” (circa 1950) the other “CANNON” (1928) — were company and community beacons in their perpetual reach for the sky. Along with these brick towers, the entire Plant 1 complex covering 5.8 million acres will be demolished, save perhaps for the corporate building. Los Angeles billionaire David Murdock, the former owner of Pillowtex predecessor company Cannon Mills, has bought the property and plans to level the buildings before redeveloping the area.

In Greensboro, the distinctive steel-and-glass Burlington Industries building is being taken apart piece by piece. Its new owner Starmount Company, plans to turn the property into a shopping center/residential site, despite efforts to save the building by local preservationists and architects. The six-story, 452,000 square feet structure, built in 1971, was recognized with a number of awards for its cutting-edge design. The building, of course, served as headquarters of the world’s largest textile company at one time.

Employees vacated the premises in November, after New York financier Wilbur Ross had bought and merged Burlington and Cone Mills into International Textile Group. The new company moved into new office space in Greensboro.

To see actual physical destruction of icons of an industry that shaped the history of the South for more than 100 years is certainly disheartening.

And such a shame. A darned shame.

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