NEW FINANCIAL EXEC: Texfi Industries has appointed Robert Ambrosini as executive vice president and chief financial officer, a new post. Ambrosini will be responsible for all aspects of the corporation’s financial matters and will report directly to Andrew Parise, president and chief operating officer.
Before joining Texfi, Ambrosini was vice president of finance, North America, for Reed Exhibition Cos.
HONORING COTTON: Cotton Incorporated’s “The Fabric of Our Lives” television advertising campaign garnered a silver Effie award at the 30th annual Effie awards dinner held at the Marriott Marquis in New York last week.
The awards are sponsored by the American Marketing Association. They encourage results-oriented advertising through an integrated marketing program and encourage the building of a partnership between agency and client in the creation, management and building of a brand.
The award recognized the third generation of the campaign, which debuted in July 1995. Produced by Cotton Inc.’s longtime advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, the series of seven commercials focused on the intimate moments in their characters’ lives. They were narrated by actress Debra Winger.
TEAM PLAYER: Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science became the newest member of the National Textile Center when President Clinton signed the general appropriations bill for the Commerce Department in March. Established in 1992, the NTC is a consortium of colleges that receives federal funding for textile-related research. Other schools in the NTC include Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and North Carolina State.
“We would have liked to have been in the NTC before, but we didn’t have the faculty infrastructure,” said David Brookstein, dean of the college’s School of Textiles & Materials Technology. “Over the past few years, we have added the research faculty to enable us to participate in that arena.”
Out of the NTC’s total 1998 budget of $9 million, PCT&S will receive approximately $740,000 to fund faculty salaries, graduate research assistants and equipment purchases.
“We asked to be a member and the NTC said ‘Fine,”‘ Brookstein said. “The NTC is aimed at conducting base research that will ultimately enhance the competitiveness of the U.S. textile and apparel industries, and we are happy to be a part of that effort.”
APPAREL, SI: Burlington Industries will open a garment service center in the Nustart industrial park in Morelos, Mexico.
The center will provide a common base of operations for four of Burlington’s apparel fabric divisions that also offer garment-manufacturing packages in planning, logistics, training and customer service.
The center will also be equipped to produce sample garments and small orders.
The 90,000-square-foot facility will employ 425 people when it becomes fully operational in December 1999.
Burlington operates three apparel fabric plants in Mexico, and the company is scheduled to open two more fabric plants as well as joint-venture yarn and denim garment finishing facilities there in 1999.