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December 2000

Art Roth was named chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AMFA), Washington. Roth is president and CEO of Universal Fiber Systems, Bristol, Va.

Houston-based KoSa has promoted James M. Hurt to the position of global vice president, human resources. Hurt will also be responsible for global communications and public affairs activities.


Richard Montanaro Jr. has been promoted to president of Astro Dye Works Inc., Calhoun, Ga. In addition, the company has promoted Robert Novotny to vice president, sales, and added Thomas M. Shea as director of marketing.

Textile Hall Corp., Greenville, S.C., re-elected Richard K. Heusel as chairman of the Board of Directors and J. Robert Ellis as president and CEO during its recent annual meeting. Other officers re-elected include: Butler B. Mullins, executive vice president; Sandra R. Reese, senior vice president; Linda C. Rank, vice president; and John W. Oliver, treasurer and CFO.

The Hosiery Association (THA), Charlotte, N.C., elected Robert H. “Bob” Yoe III as chairman of the Board during its 95th annual meeting and convention in Palm Beach, Fla.

The Kellwood Co., St. Louis, has named Jeffrey Kreindel president, Vintage Blue division. He will be responsible for overseeing all operations at Vintage Blue, from sourcing and production activities to sales and merchandising efforts.

Trainor Critz joined Cargill Dow, Minnetonka, Minn., as manager, North American fiber sales.

John A. Boland III, former president and CEO of Dominion Textile Inc., Montreal, Quebec, has been named the first Georgia Textile Manufacturers Association (GTMA) Executive in Residence within the Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Textile and Fiber Engineering, Atlanta.

J. Scott Mosteller has been named president and CEO of DeSoto Mills, Fort Payne, Ala.

eSASA.com, Atlanta, has named Steffan R. Burns COO. He will be responsible for new business development, marketing, customer service and technology.

WestPoint Stevens Inc., West Point, Ga., announced the retirement of President and COO James J. Ward, effective January 2000. Ward, who has been in the home fashions industry for 32 years, has served as president and COO since 1997, and has been a Board member since 1998.

Woolrich Inc., Woolrich, Pa., has appointed Bill Ferry to the company’s Board of Directors. In his career, Ferry has served as president of Eastern Mountain Sports and vice chairman of Lands’ End. He also held positions with DuPont and General Tire & Rubber Co.

Belgium-based EDANA, the European trade association for the nonwovens and absorbent products industries, has recently appointed Paul Dewingaerden to the position of secretary general.

Sulzer Textile Inc., Spartanburg, S.C., has promoted Fritz Legler to the position of president. Legler has been employed with the company since 1990.


John F. Vickers retired as chairman of Benjn. R. Vickers & Sons Ltd., England, and will continue to serve as a non-executive director. Peter Vickers was appointed chairman of the company.

William “Bill” B. McAndrew has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing, Zima Corp., Spartanburg, S.C. He will be responsible for all marketing functions of Kusters Textile Machinery Corp., also located in Spartanburg.

December 2000