COTTON COMPETITION: Cotton Incorporated is accepting fabric submissions for its 16th annual Cotton Textile Designer Awards, to be presented in May.
Submissions will be judged on the designer’s ability to add artistic creativity and functionality to 100 percent cotton apparel and home fabric products. A global recognition award will also be given for the second time, to the designer whose cotton fabrics emphasize the importance of U.S. cotton in the global marketplace.
The five categories for cotton apparel fabrics are knits, wovens, novelties, prints and technical achievement. All fabrics submitted must be 100 percent cotton and commercially available. The deadline is March 15.
LONGEVITY: Wimpfheimer & Bro., New York, has announced the retirement of Arnold Stimmel, 84, who was vice president of sales. He was with the firm for 65 years and began his career in the company’s stockroom.
Dermot Murphy has been named to succeed Stimmel. He has been with the company for 17 years, most recently as the export director.
TAX CUT: The Australian government has decided to abolish the 4.5 percent debt component tax of an 8.5 percent tax levied on wool growers as of July 1.
Elimination of the levy, used to service the country’s huge wool stockpile debt, will provide a welcome boost to all growers, the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, Sen. Bob Collins, said. The growers have been campaigning against the tax. The wool stockpile debt is expected to be met under the stockpile’s fixed disposal schedule. The remaining 4 percent tax for wool promotion, research and development will continue to be levied.