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MILES SETS FIRST DORLASTAN SHIPMENTS: The first shipments of Dorlastan spandex from Miles Inc.’s Bushy Park, S.C., facility are set for Jan. 11, to a circular knit maker and two hosiery fabric producers, said a Miles spokesman, who wouldn’t divulge the names of the companies.
The $170 million facility, completed last month, is slated to produce 7 million pounds of the Dorlastan, the first to be made in the U.S.
Miles, the U.S. subsidiary of Bayer AG, Dormagen, Germany, produces about 9 million pounds of Dorlastan a year in Europe. Some of it is imported into the U.S.

NEW UNIT FOR HOECHST: Hoechst Celanese Corp. has formed a new business unit, Hoechst Celanese Polyester Intermediates, which will be based at Cape Industries, Wilmington, N.C.
The facility, which had been a Hoechst subsidiary, primarily serves Hoechst’s polyester resins and film group.
The official name change follows a Hoechst announcement in September that the Wilmington location would be the flagship facility for the production and management of intermediates used to make polyester fibers, films and packaging resins for customers worldwide. The 26-year-old plant has 450 employees and about 250 contract workers.
“This name change clearly does not mean a change in management or ownership for the Wilmington plant,” said Ed Hackman, president of Cape Industries, who is now vice president and general manager of polyester intermediates. Hackman reports to Ron Guard, president of polyester resins and film.

PETROV LEAVES NATIONAL SPINNING: No successor will be named for Paul Petrov, who has resigned after only six months as president of National Spinning.
Petrov, who joined National Spinning in 1993 as senior vice president of marketing after spending two years as a marketing executive at Warnaco, was named president of National in July.
Joseph Leff, chairman and chief executive officer of National, said he will assume Petrov’s duties “for the time being.”
National, a producer of apparel and craft yarns, has sales estimated at $200 million to $220 million.
Petrov said his plans were indefinite.”I will always value my experiences at National Spinning,” Petrov said. “However, it is now time to pursue other interests and look for new challenges.”

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