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TANDEM GETS INTO KNITS: Tandem Textiles, New York, a long-time wet and pigment print converter, is expanding its offerings to include novelty knits.
The division, which will be headed by co-vice presidents Michael Bremen and Barry Greenwald, will offer 100 percent cotton fabrics and blends of cotton and Lycra spandex and cotton and polyester. The knits will be produced in various domestic plants, Greenwald said.
Greenwald and Bremen report to Tandem’s senior management team, led by Seymour Merberg, president.
For a year, Bremen was vice president at Rosebud Fabrics, New York. For 10 years Greenwald was at Cleveland Mills, New York, most recently as out-of-town sales manager.

CMI INDUSTRIES’ NEW SPACE: CMI Industries Inc. has combined New York marketing facilities for its Clinton Mills, Elastic Fabric of America and Chatham Manufacturing divisions into a new marketing office and showroom at 111 West 40th St.
Clinton is a gray goods mill, Elastic Fabrics of America produces elastic fabrics and Chatham manufactures blankets, home furnishings fabrics and automotive fabrics. Previously, they occupied separate showrooms in the building. “We’re growing, and as the business grows, we’ll need more space, not only for today, but for the needs of tomorrow,” said G. Thaddeus Williams, chief executive officer of CMI, based in Columbia, S.C., during a reception held last week at the new 16,000-square-foot space. For 1995, Williams said, the gray goods business will be stronger, due to the addition last year of a plant in Clarksville, Ga. “We think we’ll get good sales from the apparel and home furnishing markets it serves, with its filament and spun novelty fabrics, which are a new market for Clinton,” Williams said. At Elastic Fabrics, “we’re looking to grow business through an acquisition, but I can’t elaborate on that yet,” he added, although he said it would “broaden EFA’s market base.” While Williams wouldn’t comment on current volume, he said that he expects CMI’s 1995 sales to be “about $500 million.”

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