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Eden, N. C., February 17, 1969
Bedspread Mill Expansion Announced
A major expansion of the Bedspread
has been announced by G.
dliam Moore, president of Fieldcrest
Inc. The planned expansion of
sdspread operations will require ap
proximately 240 additional employees
the next three years.
The first phase of this expansion will
cost approximately $4V2 million and is
scheduled for completion by the end of
this year. It involves the purchase of
80 additional looms. Also, large addi
tions will be built to the weave room,
the twister room and the dyehouse.
In connection with the expansion of
the bedspread operation, an addition
booking- over drawings for the $414 million expansion in the Bedspread operation,
® t to right, are, F. E. Barron, Jr., mill manager; A. G. Singleton, director of
^Sineering; and J. G. Farrell, Jr., general assistant in engineering.
Asia, Africa Topics Of ‘Great Decisions’ Group
‘Africa, Asia and the Development
®cade” is this week’s topic for the dis-
groups in the Great Decisions
program. Many Fieldcresters are
ers of discussion groups and, while
too late to form one for this year,
j, Plight be possible to join one for the
®^ainder of the eight week program.
^ addition to the regular weekly dis-
^ ssion group meetings, there are guest
Peakers who appear in Eden during
® time of the program.
^ This program is in its 4th year in this
and the idea of it is for groups of
®opie gather once a week and dis-
ss topics of current interest,
g The rest of the program includes
°btheast Asia; Western Europe and
S.; Cuba—The Castro Decade;
® Middle East Tinderbox; and Dis
sent, Democracy and Foreign Policy.
There is no classroom atmosphere in
these discussion groups, as each one is
composed of a neighborhood group, a
group of friends or a group of co-work-
ers—whoever desires to form a dis
Rockingham Community College is
the local organization behind this pro
gram, and it is sponsored in North
Carolina by Community Adult Educa
tion, UNC Extension Division, Chapel
Hill. The program is offered by the
Foreign Policy Association, an educa
There is no set pattern to be followed
for the meetings, and a teacher is not
required, though the College will sup
ply a leader for those groups who feel
they want a leader.
also will be built to the warehouse por
tion of the Bedspread Finishing Mill.
Another part of the project will be the
removal of the old bleachery equipment
at the Blanket Finishing Mill to make
room for an enlarged jig dyeing de
partment for bedspreads.
In commenting on the expansion Mr.
Moore said: “We are very pleased that
our bedspread business has gro-wn to
the extent that the additional capacity
is needed. This is an important ex
pansion of our manufacturing facilities
and substantially increases Fieldcrest’s
investment in the Eden area.”
Mr. Moore said that there will be a
number of other capital projects In
Eden this year, mainly to provide space
for additional equipment or more space
for warehousing. Included are an addi
tion to the picker room and spinning
room at the Sheeting Mill; a second
story to be added to the cotton ware
house at the Blanket and Sheeting Mills;
and a second story to be added to the
yarn storage building at the Karastan
“These are projects for which the
money has already been committed,” Mr.
Moore said. “There will be other im
provements and additions to our plants
in Eden as we continue the moderniza
tion and improvement program carried
on since the purchase of the properties
by Fieldcrest Mills, Inc. in 1953.”
April 1 Is Deadline For
Those who plan to apply for Fieldcrest
or Muscogee Scholarships should be pre
paring their applications now in order
to submit them by April 1. The begin
ning date lor applying for a scholarship
was last Monday, February 10.
All of the scholarships are now worth
$2,800 each at the rate of $700 a year for
each of the four years the student is in
An application form may be obtained
from the area personnel managers, the
mill personnel offices, the Employment
Office of Fieldcrest Mills, Inc.,. in the
General Offices building in Eden; or by
writing to Dr. William McGehee, direc
tor of personnel research and develop
ment, Fieldcrest Mills, Inc., Eden, N. C.