John Jones Joins Rockland Industries

Baltimore, MD--Rockland Industries, Inc., a major producer of blackout drapery lining, has named John Jones President of its Rockland-Bamberg (SC) Division.
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KingAmerica Purchase Puts Milliken Back Into Residential Fabrics

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Milliken & Company acquired King America, a Chicago based home furnishings fabric converter in Chicago on 

Duralee Eyes New Direction for Highland Court Brand

BAY SHORE, NY – In what the company says is “an important part of the Duralee family,” new collections of the Highland Court brand have been postponed following the resignation of Head Designer Tamra McLeod in May.

Duralee executives say they have “decided to take this opportunity to reinvigorate the line with a fresh new aesthetic in order to meet the demands of an ever-evolving interior design community.”

Former Quaker Exec Joins Bella-Dura®

HIGH POINT, NC—Stuart Schneider, a veteran fabric man has returned to the upholstery fabric industry as Sales Director for Bella-Dura, an indoor/outdoor fabric brand produced by Wearbest Sil-Tex Mills, Ltd., Fairlawn, NJ.

He reports to Irwin and Ari Gasner, Principals of Wearbest.

Schneider is excited about being back in the industry, he says.

Valdese Weavers Enters Drapery Fabric Business

HIGH POINT, NC—Valdese Weavers, the largest upholstery mill in the USA and second in the world only to D’Décor (India) has thrown its hat in the drapery weight goods market for the first time with a collection of 300 best selling designs taken from its upholstery archives.

Golding Added to the House of P/Kaufmann

NEW YORK-- P/Kaufmann has confirmed its acquisition of Golding Fabrics, a converting company based in Archdale, NC on May 30 from Linda and Graham Buckner.   


In a previous story about Giber SpA, it should have said that this company was involved in “Procedura Concordata,” an EC program that allows a company to pay off its creditors while operating its business. Giber management indicates it is current in all financial obligations and was not and is not in bankruptcy.

F&FI apologizes to the management of Giber for this omission of fact.

Highland Court to Get Facelifts

BAY SHORE, NY—Duralee Fabrics has announced a redesign, a reengineering to be exact, of its top fabric brand, ‘Highland Court.’

In a letter to its vendors prior to Proposte 2014, Duralee said it would cancel all pending and existing fabric orders for Highland Court’s next collection for spring, 2015.

At the same time, it has been learned that Tamra McCleod, wovens designer for Highland Court and a 13-year employee in the design departments of Duralee has left the company.

Marco de Benedetti Joins Boselli

OLGIATE COMASCO, IT--Marco de Benedetti, export manager for Clerion SpA in Mariano Comense, Italy for the past five years, is leaving the company 

Proposte Produced Some Surprises

COMO, ITALY—Proposte managed to produce a few surprises this year in spite of the harsh economic environment in Europe which seems to be turning a corner.

Spanish exhibitors at Proposte like Crevin, Aznar and Vilber were very active this year due to competitive pricing and aggressive export policy.

There were also new Italian companies at Proposte showing for the first time.

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