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Webster new design dir. at Capel

TROY, NC— Capel Inc., area rug importer and manufacturer, has appointed Lou Herring Webster as its new design director of its product development team.

She replaces Kea Capel, who left the company earlier this year to start her own accent and area rug company, Kea Inc.

Prior to joining Capel, Webster spent eight years with LaGrange, GA-based Milliken & Co. both as a carpet designer and design manager for residential upholstery fabrics. While at Milliken, she was inducted into the company's Innovator's Hall of Fame and her team was awarded Contract Carpet Team of the year for 1995 and 2000. Her designs earned top-ten and million-yard sellers distinctions for Milliken.

Other awards she has been honored with throughout her career include the Best of NeoCon Gold and Silver awards, the Carl A. Buchanan Memorial Innovation Achievement award and the Louis Cramer Award for Textile Design.

"Lou is both talented and intelligent," said Jesse Capel, executive director, to whom Webster will report. "Her many years of educational and practical experience will bring a great deal to Capel. She is a quality addition to the Capel family."

Webster will be based out of Capel's corporate headquarters here.

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