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NEW THA CHAIR: The Hosiery Association has elected Robert H. Yoe 3rd as its new chairman. Yoe has been president and chief executive officer at Crescent Hosiery Mills since July. Prior to joining Crescent, Yoe was president and ceo of DeSoto Mills for 10 years.
THA also elected its new officers and directors for the year. They include: first vice chairman: J.M. Ramsay 3rd, president, Elastic Therapy; and second vice chairman: Kevin Toomey, president and ceo, Golden Lady/Kayser-Roth. New directors are: W.H. Cobble, president and ceo, Valley Knit; Ted Cooley, ceo, Wells Hosiery Mills; John R. Maynard, president and treasurer, Tower Mills; and Lisa K. Moore, president and ceo, Americal Corp.

ON THE MOVE: In related news, J. Scott Mosteller replaced Robert Yoe as president and chief executive officer of DeSoto Mills.
Based in Atlanta, Mosteller reports to Jon Letzler, president and ceo of Jerzees Activewear, a division of Russell Corp. Prior to joining DeSoto, Mosteller was chief operating officer of motor sports safety equipment and accessories firm Team Simpson Racing.
Also, Steve Shumaker has been named chief financial officer of Ridgeview. He replaced Bill Watts who left the hosiery manufacturer in August after nearly a year as an interim consultant for the firm.
Before joining Ridgeview, Shumaker was vice president of finance and administration at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute in Hudson, N.C.

BOARD MANUAL: The Hosiery Association credit committee is planning to put together a new manual next year for those in the industry struggling to understand and comply with expanding retailer shipping regulations.
Though little details are available yet, the manual intends to cover the issue of chargebacks. The aim of such is to provide manufacturers and retailers with a standardized vehicle to understand them and to find a mutual platform to negotiate in “an organized, practical manner for all parties,” said Sid Smith, THA’s president.

SOCK STANDARDS: Reliable testing methods and standards for socks have finally arrived.
After four years of testing, the Hosiery Technology Standards and Testing Laboratory of North Carolina is now in business to help the industry capitalize on the standards for fit, abrasion and colorfastness. The standards have been developed by the Hosiery Technology Center and the North Carolina State University College for Textiles.
There will be an official seal for all socks meeting these standards, providing both vendors and retailers with an added tool to help consumers differentiate between socks meeting quality standards and those that do not.
Fashion retailers have been asking for some form of proven standardized measurement for socks for over a decade. Several quality control managers at major retailers believe vendors using the seal will have a decided advantage with retailers over those who do not.
Major hosiery quality control and management executives have been attending a series of workshops at HTC to learn about the testing methods, data, findings and standards. These will continue periodically, according to Dan St. Louis, HTC’s managing director.

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