Tolland, Conn.-based Gerber Garment Technologies last month moved its Los Angeles office to a larger facility. The 12,000-square-foot office is located at 6135 East Washington Blvd. in LA's apparel district. The office serves as GGT's West Coast regional office and serves California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Western Canada and Mexico.

Freudenburg Nonwovens Limited Partnership, the Chelmsford, Mass.-based subsidiary of Germany's Freudenberg & Co., is going ahead with a $10 million expansion of its Durham, N.C., plant. The project will include production facilities for its high-speed thermal bondings nonwovens line, as well as finishing and adhesive printing lines. It is scheduled for completion by the middle of next year.

Better Methods Alexander, Paterson, N.J., has relocated its Florida warehouse to a larger facility to better serve Latin American and Caribbean markets. The new facility is located at 3425 N.W. 112 Street in Miami. BMA has also started a care-label printing service out of the new facility.

Melco Embroidery Systems, Denver, is offering a system that lets users see lifelike representations of a planned embroidered design right on their computer screen "as if they were actually stitch-ed." The system is called TrueView. When used as part of the Wilcom ES-10 Design Library with TrueView, the system acts as "an electronic sample book containing thousands of designs," Melco said.

Brother International Corp., the Somerset, N.J.-based subsidiary of Japan's Brother Corp., last month acquired Miamisburg, Ohio-based MIM Industries. Brother officials said MIM has over the years produced numerous patented sewing applications that were used in Brother sewing machines. N. Uehara will become chief executive officer of the subsidiary June 1. He is currently president of Brother Industries, UK. MIM will retain its name and Miamisburg headquarters. Three hundred fifty new suppliers have requested exhibit space at the Bobbin Show, which will run Sept. 27-30 in Atlanta. A total of 900 companies are expected to exhibit, according to show officials. Attendance is also expected to top last year's figure of 25,105. Show planners said "a record amount of new technology will be unveiled at the show." About half of the exhibitors plan to include machines and systems in their displays.Huntley, Ill.-based Union Special Corp. has introduced a new sewing machine for attaching elastic to ladies' undergarments. The unit, style 57700 N-12, can be used to attach elastic to the leg openings and waists of panties, half slips and briefs made of light- to medium-weight fabrics.

Attendance was up 25 percent at last month's Los Angeles International Textiles Show. The show drew buyers from 30 states and several foreign countries; 340 exhibitors had booths.

Rohm Tech, Fitchburg, Mich., has appointed Ted DelDonno to the position of business manager for its polymers division. Rohm Tech's acrylic polymers are used in the production of nonwovens, textiles and paper. DelDonno was formerly technical manager at Rohm Tech.

Computer-aided design software supplier Polygon Software and Technology relocated its headquarters to a new larger facility in Richmond, Va., last month. The new address is 2323 Westwood Avenue, Richmond.

Automated Textile Systems, Fort Mill, S.C., is marketing a new version of the AK 345 automatic sewing machine in the United States. The machine, from Swedish manufacturer AKAB, adjusts to produce a variety of household textiles, including towels, blankets, flat sheets, pillow cases and tablecloths. The unit can sew labels on products and is equipped with a hemmer. AKAB is actively pushing its products abroad since Sweden has lost much of its textile and clothing manufacturing to low-wage nations.

Offray Ribbon Co., Chester, N.J., has named Linda Wagner woven design director. She succeeds Ann Karas, who has retired. Before joining Offray, Wagner designed children's wear for Pieces, a New York importer, and Bullfrog knits.

W. Schlafhorst AG & Co., Moenchengladbach, Germany, has named Gregor Gebald sales manager for materials-handling systems. Gebald rejoins Schlafhorst after eight years as joint managing director of Innovatex Materials Handling, GmbH, also of Moenchengladbach. He had worked for Schlaf-horst for 30 years in applications engineering before going to Innovatex.

In other news, Gerber has appointed Gary Freedman sales manager for its CMS product line for the eastern United States and Canada. Formerly vice-president of sales for INA Systems, Freedman will work out of GGT's Atlanta office. He will report to William Staples, director of sales, North America.

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