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Spray, N. C., January 9, 1967
Morgan Carpet Mills
Fieldcrest Mills, Inc. effective Jan-
3, purchased for cash the assets
I the Morgan Carpet Mills, a division
Morgan Mills, Inc., at Laurel Hill,
. • C. The plant will be operated as
surel Carpet Mills, a division of Field-
crest Mills, Inc.
The purchase was announced by H.
, • Whitcomb, president of Fieldcrest
, *us, Inc., whO' said that all marketing
^ctions will be headed by Walter B.
uinan, president of Karastan Rug
^ |_hs, another Fieldcrest division. Rob-
^ J. Saunders, formerly president of
^ e Morgan Carpet Mills, will be gen-
,, M manager of plant operations for
® new division.
. Laurel Hill operation is a new
^ tted carpet plant started in 1965. It
arri latest type of new equipment
, n occupies a new air conditioned
j. nding of 193,000 square feet sur-
“npcjeu by 80 acres of land which
The plant is integrated, with its own
ji'l^ing, and has an annual capacity of
5 naillion. Mr. Whitcomb said the ac-
’^isition has great potential for Field-
j in this important area of the home
j,jnishings market and will broaden
leldcrest’s already important partici-
‘^ation in this field.
Now Fully Owned
jOpj^i'icrest Mills, Inc. has acquired
% ownership of Delaware Valley
Scouring Co., located in Philadel-
as announced by Harold W.
president of Fieldcrest Mills,
5j^'®ldcrest had owned 50% of the firm
December, 1960. Thomas and
Q Kenworthy, who previously
^^ed 50% of Delaware Valley, ex-
> ^nged their stock for Fieldcrest Mills,
j' stock, Mr. Whitcomb said,
p i Was announced that Pearson Nip-
pj,®’ manager of Delaware Valley, who
^®viously reported to Thomas Ken-
will now report to Henry F.
manager of Fieldcrest’s Kara-
^ Spinning Division, Greenville.
Sq ®^^ware Valley Wool Scouring Co.
g °Urs, all the raw wool for the Karastan
P'hning Division and does commission
HURDLE H. LEA
HAVEN H. NEWTON
Two Division Vice Presidents Named
Appointment of Hurdle H. Lea as di
vision vice president-raw materials pur
chasing and traffic and of Haven H.
Newton as division vice president-in
dustrial relations, has been announced
by Harold W. Whitcomb, president of
Fieldcrest Mills, Inc.
Mr. Lea, formerly director of raw ma
terials purchasing and traffic, is a native
of High Point and received his B. S.
degree in textiles from North Carolina
State University. He joined Fieldcrest
immediately upon graduation in 1959
and worked as a quality control engi
neer until September, 1960, when he
entered the University of North Caro
lina at Chapel Hill to study for his
He completed the work for his master
of business administration degree in
July, 1961, and returned to Fieldcrest
as assistant purchasing agent. He was
promoted to director of raw materials
purchasing and traffic in January, 1964.
Mr. Newton was formerly director of
industrial relations and has been with
Fieldcrest since 1957. He was industrial
relations representative at the Blanket
and Sheeting Mills at Draper until 1960
when he was appointed personnel man
ager of Fieldcrest’s new Automatic
Blanket Plant at Smithfield, and of the
Karastan Spinning Division at Green
ville. He returned to Spray in 1961 as
manager of employee relations and be
came director of industrial relations in
A native of Burlington, Vermont, he
received his A. B. degree from Brown
University, Providence, Rhode Island,
and his master’s degree in personnel ad
ministration from the George Washing
ton University in Washington, D. C. He
served in Korea as an infantry officer
and upon his return from service joined
the Hecht Company in Washington, D.
C. in the employment office of the F-
Street store. He shortly afterwards was
promoted to personnel manager of the
Parkington store and served in that ca
pacity until he joined Fieldcrest Mills.
Fieldale Party Most
Successful On Record
—PICTURES ON PAGES FOUR AND FIVE—
More than 500 children and a large
number of adults attended the Christ
mas party for the children of Towel
Mill employees Sunday afternoon, De
cember 18, in the gymnasium of the
new Fieldale-Collinsville High School.
W. O. Stone, Jr., assistant manager
of the Towel Mill, was the master of
ceremonies and opened the program by
calling on Rev. Jack Price, pastor of
Fieldale Baptist Church, for the in
D. E. Simons, Towel Mill superin
tendent of manufacturing, extended the
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