TEXFI NAMES KRAMER, REMLEY, PARISE: Texfi Industries has named Richard L. Kramer chairman; William L. Remley, vice chairman and chief executive officer, and Andrew J. Parise Jr., president and chief operating officer. All appointments are effective Nov. 1.
The three will assume the duties of L. Terrell Sovey, who, as reported, will retire as chairman, president and ceo, effective Oct. 31.
Kramer and Remley will continue to serve as chairman and president, respectively, of Mentmore Holdings Corp., which holds about 11 percent of Texfi stock. Parise, a 25-year textile veteran — including the last 17 with Texfi — will continue as president of Texfi’s finished-fabrics division, which accounted for 60 percent of Texfi’s 1993 sales of $311.2 million.
JAPAN WOOL SHOW: Nineteen Japanese textile firms will be showing fall and winter fabrics at the 1995-96 Japan Wool Textile Exhibition, which begins today at New York’s Algonquin Hotel. The event, which concludes Thursday, is sponsored by the Japanese Worsted and Woolen Weavers Association and Japan Woolen and Linen, a Japanese exporters trade association.
Among the firms scheduled to participate are Nodaken Woolen Textile Co., Japan Ace Ltd., Takihyo Co., Mitsubishi Corp., La Viale Japan Ltd. and Toyoshima & Co. Ltd.
SWARTS NEW SOCK MANAGER AT MONSANTO: Grace M. Swarts has been named sock business/marketing manager for Monsanto’s fibers division. She replaces James Iademarco, who has become manager of sales for Monsanto’s fibers intermediates group in St. Louis. Swarts, previously U.S. corporate manager/marketing director for DuPont, will be based in Charlotte, N.C.
TEXTILE TRADE SYMPOSIUM: International trade in the textile and apparel industries is being highlighted in a panel discussion on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The discussion, “Globalization of Textiles and Apparel: What Is the Role of Government and What Is the Role of Business,” is sponsored by the university’s clothing and textile department.
Speakers include Rita Hayes, deputy assistant secretary of commerce, textiles and apparel; Carolyn Miller, deputy chief textile negotiator; Charles A. Hayes, president and ceo of Guilford Mills, and Richard S. Vetack, president of the textile products group of Cone Mills.
AVONDALE’S ECOLOGICAL EXPANSION: Continuing its commitment to environmentally friendly fabrics, Avondale Mills, Sylacauga, Ala., said it is adding several yarn-dyed knitted and woven fabrics to its trademarked Nature’s Collection. As part of the program, Avondale is licensed to purchase and produce fabric from natural color cotton supplied by grower Sally Fox. The fabrics will be sold to Avondale customers under her FoxFibre trade name.
Development efforts thus far have focused on brown, green and red cotton, including various shades of the colors,” said Stephen Felker, Avondale’s chairman and ceo.
Felker added that the Nature’s Collection line of fabrics complements Avondale’s Green Card collection, whose features include reduced need for garment finishing, organically grown cotton and the use of environmentally friendly dyes and chemicals.