COTTON HIRES: Cotton Inc. has promoted Michael D. Watson to vice president of fiber quality research. In this position, he will be responsible for the overall operation of the fiber quality research department, which directs research projects, analyzes and reports crop data and identifies improvement opportunities to measure fiber quality. He was formerly senior director of fiber quality research.

In other Cotton Inc. news, Andrea Samber has assumed the role of associate director, retail marketing. Her responsibilities include building retail relationships and further exposure of the Cotton Inc. trademark on private label brands. Samber will report to Paula Rosario, senior executive, retail and fashion marketing. Samber was formerly promotions manager at Seventeen magazine.

COTTON AWARD: The National Cotton Council honored Roy Cantrell with the 2002 Cotton Genetics Research Award on Jan. 9 at the Beltwide Cotton Conference in Nashville. Cantrell formed Cotton Inc.’s Cotton Genetics and Breeding Initiative, which invests in cotton improvement programs. He also launched the Cotton Inc. Fellows Program, which trains younger cotton growers.

TEAMING WITH ATMI: The American Textile Manufacturers Institute and the North Carolina Manufacturers Association will sponsor the 2003 Environmental, Safety & Health Conference Feb. 24-25 in Greensboro, N.C.

Slated to speak are Leo Hamilton, president of U.S. & Canada Region Safety Resources at DuPont, and North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry.

The ATMI also said it plans to hold itsannual meeting April 3-5 at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla.

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