CARLTON WOOLEN MILLS ELECTS HELLER PRESIDENT, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
NEW YORK — Lawrence E. Heller has been elected president and chief operating officer of Carleton Woolen Mills Inc.
These duties had been performed by Arthur M. Spiro, who will continue as chairman and chief executive officer. Heller, who was executive vice president of marketing, continues to report to Spiro.
Heller will oversee Carleton’s day-to-day operations, while Spiro will devote his efforts to corporate expansion in cooperation with Carleton’s parent, Allied Textile Cos. PLC, Bradford, England. Allied, an integrated manufacturer of woolen and worsted fabrics and man-made fibers for yarns, acquired Carleton from Spiro in February 1994 for $15.2 million and $3 million in ATC common stock. Allied’s 1994 sales were $214 million; Carleton’s were between $50 million and $55 million.
Heller, 50, began his career in 1966 with the woolen and worsted division of JP Stevens as stylist/designer, leaving the company in 1972 to join Carleton as manager of styling.
In 1980 Heller became vice president of styling and in 1985 was named vice president of merchandising. He was named to his most recent post in 1988.
The firm has not yet decided whether a successor will be named to the post of executive vice president of marketing.
Carleton has three mills, all in Maine; two in Winthrop, and one in Gardiner.
Spiro has been running Carleton since 1980. He purchased full interest in 1989.