Cotton Incorporated Revamps TRI Department

Cary, N.C.-based Cotton Incorporated has reorganized its Textile Research and Implementation (trI)
department to include two new divisions: Textile Chemistry Research (TCR); and Dyeing and
Finishing, Technical Services (DFTS).TCR, headed by William A. Rearick, will include Preparation
and Dyeing Research, and Finishing Research. TCR will conduct basic and applied research in all
areas of textile wet processing, working with external sources and partners to develop new
chemistries to improve performance and aesthetics in cotton products and to reduce processing
costs.DFTS will be headed by Louis T. Protonentis. It will provide dyeing and finishing services to
the industry and to other departments within Cotton Incorporated. It also will cooperate with TCR
to implement new technologies developed by TCR, as well as with chemical companies to run trials on
already developed technologies.

October 2002