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AFMA ELECTS CHAIRMAN: Art Roth, president and chief executive officer of Bristol, Va.-based Universal Fiber Systems, was elected chairman of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association at the trade association’s annual meeting earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
Roth replaces W. Donald Johnson, DuPont Nylon Worldwide’s group vice president. For the past year, Roth has been AFMA’s vice chairman and chairman of its executive committee.
The AFMA board also reelected American Fibers and Yarns’ general manager Ted Kelly as treasurer.

PAXAR PASSPORT: Paxar Corp., a maker of labels and bar-coding equipment for apparel, earlier this month launched a program called “Paxar Passport,” intended to make it easier for apparel manufacturers to ready their Latin America-bound merchandise.
As part of the initiative, White Plains, N.Y.-based Paxar will pack, ship, recondition and install its customers’ apparel ID printing systems at Latin American facilities. Paxar technicians will recondition customers’ printers, then ship each unit to the appropriate Latin American location. On-site Paxar staffers will also install the printers and train the new operators, as well as upgrade PC software to the latest version.
“Transitioning apparel manufacturing to a foreign country is difficult,” the company said. “We can offer our customers the expertise and logistics know-how of an experienced partner to seamlessly handle all the details. Our customers can expect to save time and money with less machine downtime and immediate productivity.”
Paxar said it will offer the services at no charge, provided the customer purchases labeling supplies from Paxar for a minimum of one year.

DOT-COM DUO: ClickTex.com said that Escrow.com will provide the Los Angeles-based business-to-business Web exchange with online transaction management and escrow services.
Acting as a third-party intermediary, Escrow.com will hold the buyer’s money, insuring all terms and conditions of the transaction are met. Escrow.com will release the funds to the seller once the buyer accepts the merchandise.
“The agreement with Escrow.com is designed to give ClickTex.com customers ‘peace of mind’ through advanced escrow services,” ClickTex.com’s vice president of business development Michael Rappaport said in a statement.

DUPONT’S COOL PARTNERS: DuPont and The Sports Authority have teamed up to launch an in-store program to increase awareness of DuPont’s CoolMax and CoolMax Alta brands of performance fabrics. The program, which started earlier this month and will run until the end of the year in all of the chain’s 199 stores, includes point-of-sale displays that highlight the fabrics, as well as a list of the manufacturers, which use CoolMax and CoolMax Alta in their apparel.
The in-store ad campaign also seeks to educate sales associates at The Sports Authority. Posters have been placed in employee break rooms, and pocket-sized information cards have been handed out to all employees.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to help educate both the consumer and store employees on the benefits of our performance fabrics, as well as help drive additional sales for our manufacturing partners and The Sports Authority during the upcoming holiday season,” said Alyssa Koontz, communications manager for Dupont CoolMax.
The Sports Authority is also featuring apparel made from CoolMax and CoolMax Alta in its newspaper advertisements, and it will include an insert with credit card billing statements.

HSFI HONORS WOLFE: The High School of Fashion Industries will honor David Wolfe, creative director of D3 Doneger Design Direction, on Nov. 8 at its 16th annual Industry Recognition Award event at the Harmonie Club on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Wolfe is also a senior fashion consultant to the news program “Video Fashion,” as well as fashion editor at Men Men and Mode Couture magazines.
“His reputation and his expertise are world renowned, and his faithful following is well deserved,” said HSFI principal Charles Bonici. “We are honored to have him as this year’s recipient.”
Proceeds from the $200-a-person event will go to a student scholarship fund.

SOURCING ONLINE: Business-to-business, e-commerce firm i-textile Online Co. Ltd. last week launched a service on its Web site, i-textile.com, that allows buyers to submit sourcing requests online, which are then forwarded to textile sellers worldwide through i-textile’s real-time platform.
I-textile’s network of textile sellers includes Taiwanese firms Nien Hsing Textile Co., Tah Tong Textile Co., Giantex, Formosa Chemicals & Fiber Corp. and China’s Anda Textile Mill.

AYAZI JOINS COTTON: Cotton Inc. has named Sherry Ayazi manager of fashion marketing and apparel. Ayazi, who reports to senior director of fashion marketing Suzanne Achtemeier, will work with a team that predicts color trends two years in advance.
In addition to conducting trend seminars, she will also collaborate on Style File, a twice-yearly booklet distributed at industry trade shows and company events.
Prior to joining Cotton Inc., Ayazi spent 1 1/2 years at Sony Music in New York. She joined the company as a marketing coordinator and later became an A&R scout, working with artists such as Oasis and Rage Against The Machine. Before Sony, Ayazi was the co-manager of Columbia Records artist Maxwell.

ATMI GOES GREEN: The American Textile Manufacturers Institute’s annual Environmental Conference & Exhibition will take place on Nov. 13 at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Greensboro, N.C. This year’s conference, titled “Environmental Management: Pathway to the Future,” will focus on environmental issues facing the textile industry.
Mark Whitenon, vice president of environmental resources and regulations at the National Association of Manufacturers, will present the conference’s keynote speech, “The New Administration and Congress — What Can We Expect on the Environmental Front.”

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