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Polartec COO Andrew Vecchione replaces Michael Spillane as President

May '07
Polartec, LLC announces the promotion of Chief Operating Officer Andrew Vecchione to President, assuming leadership from Michael Spillane.

Andy Vecchione has been with Polartec, and before that Malden Mills Industries, Inc(from whom Polartec acquired substantially all of its assets on March 14, 2007) since 2004. As a key member of the Polartec leadership team, Andy has been managing operations at the company's Lawrence, Massachusetts; Hudson, New Hampshire; and Shanghai, China manufacturing facilities.

In his prior role, Vecchione significantly enhanced the quality of all Polartec branded products, improved on-time delivery, and increased efficiency and customer service levels while driving key new product development initiatives.

“Over the past several years, Michael Spillane and I have worked side-by-side with Polartec's loyal and talented employees to turn this company around and ensure a strong future for our high-performance products."

"I have developed a great affection for this company, its rich history, and its tradition of excellence in the performance fabric market. I am energized by the opportunities before us, and am looking forward to leading the company in its new phase stability, profitability and growth,” said Vecchione.

Spillane, who has led the Polartec business since July of 2004, has achieved the goal of stabilizing and re-positioning the company as a global, technology-driven textile resource. He will be joining NIKE as the new President of Converse North America, and will maintain an important strategic advisory role with Polartec, as a member of the company's board of directors.

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