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Springs integrates Burlington personnel, business

Fort Mill, SC — Acting rapidly to integrate its recently acquired Burlington Industries window and bedding businesses, Springs Industries Inc. has named a new management team, led by Kathryn Welsh, who will head up merchandising the soft window business.

Welsh, who had been Springs vp of strategic planning, moved over to the new position of merchandising, soft windows.

Reporting to Welsh is longtime Burlington veteran Don Johnson, who will be senior merchandising manager for soft windows. He had been responsible for both sales and merchandising of soft windows for Burlington.

Reporting to Johnson is Gary Kitchens, merchandising manager of soft windows. He had most recently directed the merchandising effort of Springs' soft windows for the past four years.

A newly created position of manager of marketing and product development will be filled shortly, with the manager reporting to Welsh. The new manager will be responsible for identifying and developing new products as well as filling market voids for Springs' customer base.

A number of Burlington sales associates have joined the Springs sales organization to maintain continuity of the combined businesses, including Scott Blankshine, Jo Dell Grissom-Proctor, Denise Mehring, Chuck Ream, Mike Stewart and Joe Vale.

Springs has also retained a number of Burlington associates in the operations area, including Allen Best, master scheduler; Jim Dyson, product development manager; Terry Houston, group industrial engineer; Kelly Stinchfield, capacity manager; Billie Wells, industrial engineer; and Dennis Williamson, manager of the Acambaro plant.

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