SATO America Inc., Charlotte, has named John Bauer central regional sales manager.
Paul Lavitt Mills Inc., Hickory, N.C., has named Mark C. Albers president of its SAI® SuperSox® Division.
Eric Albert, Skyler Burreson, Peter Herbert and James Reeser have joined Cleveland-based Astrup Co. as account representatives.
At its 36th Annual Meeting, the American Yarn Spinners Association, Gastonia, N.C., elected Stephen G. Dobbins, Carolina Mills Inc., president; and Werner Bieri, Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., first vice president. Fred A. Jackson, American & Efird Inc., was re-elected treasurer; and Michael S. Hubbard was re-elected executive vice president and secretary. The following members were named to the Board of Directors: Steve Johnston, Avondale Mills Inc.; Mark Kent, The Kent Manufacturing Co.; Willis C. “Billy” Moore III, Unifi Inc.; John M. Smeak Jr., Parkdale Sales Co.; and Knox Winget, American & Efird Inc. Members of the Executive Committee include Dobbins, Bieri, Jackson, Hubbard and Moore, as well as James W. Chesnutt, National Spinning Co. Inc.; Bruce Lanier Jr., Wehadkee Yarn Mills Inc.; and Bill Malloy, Cheraw Yarn Mills Inc.
Kansas City, Kan.-based Magnum Systems Inc. has named Virgil Smit vice president, operations.
Russell Corp., Atlanta, has made the following appointments: Ana Elena Erroz, senior production and inventory planning analyst, Jerzees operations group; James Forlini, senior sourcing manager, Russell Artwear; Betsy Goree, purchasing manager, dyes and chemicals; and Angela Holley, director, strategic procurement.
Carter’s, Atlanta, has appointed Robin Rice executive vice president, marketing.
Woolrich Inc. Vice President Bruce Heggenstaller has been elected to the Woolrich, Pa.-based company’s Board of Directors. The company also has appointed Jerry Rinder vice president, sales and domestic licensing.
Wilmington, Del.-based INVISTA™ Inc. (formerly DuPont Textiles & Interiors) has named Kent Smith vice president, North America, Apparel. Reporting to Smith are: Bob Dzielak, sales manger; Joe Robinson, technology manager; Edson Garcia, general director, Fielmex/DuPek, Mexico; Bill Foster, marketing manager; Jeff Weber, product/price manager; and Alyssa Koontz, communications manager. Invista also has named Jon Penrice vice president, global marketing, Apparel.
Robert Van Jones has joined Biddeford Blankets, Biddeford, Maine, as vice president, sales and marketing.
At its 2003 International Nonwovens Technical Conference, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), Cary, N.C., presented D. K. Smith, Ph.D., with the third annual INDA Award for Lifetime Technical Achievement.
Nilit Ltd., Israel, has named Mac Cheek to the new position of business manager, global joint ventures; and Karen Johnson president, Nilit America Corp.
David Del Guercio has been named business director of Hopewell, Va.-based Goldschmidt Chemical Corp.’s Textile Care business unit.
Michael Blair has joined Vieldhouse Machinery Co. Inc., St. Peters, Pa., as vice president and member of the Board of Directors. Darryl Pettigrew has been named a member of the board.
The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, N.C., honored three textile scientists at its recent International Conference & Exhibition. Howard L. Needles received the Olney Medal for achievement in textile chemistry. Neal Edward Franks received the Henry E. Millson Award for Invention for his work in lyocell fiber development. Nelson E. Hauser received the Harold C. Chapin Award for his service to AATCC.