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WestPoint, Thermosoft exclusive

WestPoint Stevens last week announced a licensing agreement with Thermosoft International Corporation which gives the major mill the exclusive rights to use Thermosoft heating technology for bedding products in North America.

WestPoint has integrated the heating technology into its electric Vellux Fahrenheit heated blanket, which was introduced in October 2002.

"Our introductions will include printed and solid-color Vellux throws, quilted mattress pads and other types of woven blankets and throws," said Art Birkins, president of WestPoint's Basic Bedding division.

Velux blankets utilizing Thermosoft's technology feature patented and patent-pending heaters which conduct electricity through textile fibers specifically designed for heating. According to WestPoint, these heaters offer all the advantages of radiant heating with the added benefits of using soft and supple fiber threads instead of bulky metal wires.

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