Robert B. Lawson named as AEC's President

Business Development and Global Manufacturing to Receive Renewed Focus

Asheboro, North Carolina, May 5, 2011

AEC, a worldwide supplier of narrow fabrics to major apparel, medical, home furnishings and industrial markets, announced the hiring of Robert B. Lawson as the company’s President. In this new role, Lawson will focus on positioning the Company for its next decades of growth and diversification in global markets.

Lawson’s recent executive experience includes his tenure as President of Palmetto Patterns, a fabric converter for the home furnishings industry. As Chief Operating Officer for Arden Companies, he integrated domestic and worldwide manufacturing and increased sales volume and profitability, for cut and sewn products distributed through mass merchants. Lawson has also served diverse industries as a business consultant, addressing profitability initiatives and change management.

Within weeks of its 25th anniversary milestone and its most successful year yet, AEC’s selection of Bob Lawson signals its intention to heighten the Company’s growth trajectory.

“Bob is here to evaluate what we’re doing in business development, marketing, manufacturing, technology adoption and operations, and deploy his expertise to keep AEC on the leading edge in the narrow fabrics industry,” noted Keith Crisco, one of AEC’s founding partners and North Carolina’s current Secretary of Commerce. “We’ve built a strong company in the last 25 years and are well-known for elastic and rigid, knitted and woven narrow fabrics. In the next decade we’ll be manufacturing using new technologies and actually building more technology into our products. Bob Lawson will lead those initiatives,” he commented.

AEC’s management team, headed by Lawson, includes Vice Presidents, Jeff and John Crisco and Gifford Del Grande, Director – Specialty Products. 

Asheboro Elastics Corporation (AEC) is a privately-held, narrow fabrics manufacturer with its headquarters in Asheboro, NC, manufacturing in Asheboro and Central America, and worldwide distribution. Its products are used in the apparel, automotive, home furnishings, medical, military & public safety, recreational, and technology industries.

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Jeff Crisco, Vice President
Asheboro Elastics Corporation

John Crisco, Vice President
Asheboro Elastics Corporation