NAR TO CLOSE N.Y. OFFICE: North American Rayon Corp. is closing its three-person New York sales office, effective March 1. The company said it is consolidating those operations at its Elizabethton, Tenn., headquarters, where one new position is being created.
Paul Lamprinakos, NAR’s director of director of northern sales, will work out of his New Jersey home and will continue to service NAR’s customers in the New York area. NAR says none of its customers will be affected by the move.
On another NAR front, the company said employment and production levels are up at its Elizabethton plant since it ended its strike with the United Textile Workers of America in December. At that time, about 800 hourly workers returned to work. As of Friday, hourly employment stood at 950. Still, the number is below the pre-strike employment level, which was 1,500.
NAR said production, however, has exceeded pre-strike levels — even though the company has fewer employees — as demand has increased for its rayon fiber products. NAR says all strikers have been offered the opportunity to return to work, though not necessarily at the same job they had prior to the strike.

AN F.I.T. VALENTINE: To help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, The Textile Distributors Association and The American Printed Fabrics Council will host a Valentine’s Day party Feb. 14, with all proceeds benefiting the school. The evening event, “Fashion Is a Verb! — Expanding the Definition,” highlights an exhibition opening the same day and running through April 29 at The Museum at FIT. About 200 people from the textile industry are expected. Reservations are required and can be made through the TDA’s New York office. Tickets reserved in advance are $65; at the door, they are $75.