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Johnston Industries Names Andrews as CEO, Wins Top Award

Gerald B. Andrews has been named as chief executive officer of Johnston Industries, Inc., according to an announcement by the firm's board of directors. He continues to hold his previous titles of president and chief operating officer.
Andrews earned his undergraduate degrees in textile engineering and industrial engineering. He later attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard University School of Business.
After 38 years at WestPoint Pepperell, Inc. (now WestPoint Stevens) in various senior management posts, Andrews came to Johnston Industries in 1992 as president and chief operating officer.
Described by a colleague as "a visionary and one of the most innovative, knowledgeable, and hardworking executives in the entire textile community . . . his leadership qualities and enthusiasm for our business inspire everyone around him."
Andrews has received many honors during his long career. Last year he became the first textile engineer to be named to the prestigious State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. "Textile World" named him as 1995 Leader of the Year.
Johnston Industries, Inc., was established in 1972 by Paul A. Johnston, Sr. when he purchased the textile operations of the Glen Alden Corporation. In addition to Wellington Sears and Tech Textilers, USA, its other current operating units include Opp and Micolas Mills, Inc. and Southern Phenix Textiles. The company has a total of 14 locations, predominantly in the Southeast, employing approximately 3,000 workers.
Johnston Industries was honored early this year by being chosen as the first winner of Americas Textile International's award for the most innovative company in the industry. More than 400 industry and government officials gathered at a recognition banquet and reception in Columbus, Ga., to celebrate the event.

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