UNIFI BUYS POLY PLANT: Fiber maker Unifi Inc. on Thursday closed on the purchase of a former Invista polyester filament plant in Kinston, N.C. The plant had been operated jointly by the two firms, in a deal inked prior to DuPont’s sale of Invista to Koch Industries. The purchase price of the plant was about $22.5 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SCHOELLER RECEIVES ACCOLADES: Schoeller, the Swiss textile manufacturer, received the 2004 Guides’ Choice Award from the American Alpine Institute at this summer’s Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City. It was honored for its dry-skin-extreme fabric, featuring its multipurpose 3XDRY finish, that was used on Mammut’s mountaineering Champ pants and New Age jacket. They were cited for durability and performance, said Dunham Gooding, president of the institute. The mill also won the European Outdoor Award, given by Germany’s “Outdoor Magazine,” for its water- and dirt-resistant NanoSphere technology.

WOOL AWARDS SET: The International Wool Textile Organization this year is launching a program called the World Wool Awards that are intended to honor young textile and apparel designers who develop innovative uses of the fiber. The IWTO contest is open to designers and students between the ages of 18 and 35. The deadline for registration is Oct. 31, and submissions are due by Dec. 15. Sponsor Australian Wool Services Ltd., which owns the Woolmark symbol, plans to announce winners in February. Winners will be chosen in three categories: fashion and design; marketing and promotion, and concept, innovation and extension. Their prizes will include an expenses-paid trip to the IWTO’s Wool Congress in Hobart, Australia, and a traineeship with a wool company.

This story first appeared in the October 5, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.