July 21, 1999 |
If you take the nickel tour of Arnold Lorber's textile plant in Carson, bring a phrase book. Make that several. On the shop floor, Lorber chats with workers in staccato Spanish, one of nine languages he has mastered in 50-plus years in the textile trade. He introduces a visitor to his Russian computer expert, a German dyer and an Israeli plant manager. He then touches the keypad of a sophisticated fabric finishing machine programmed in four languages: English, Italian, German and Spanish.
August 8, 1988 |
In a one-story factory near downtown Los Angeles, Edward Drasin stands in front of a row of knitting machines. The machines hum as giant spools of colorful yarn unravel into their bowels to emerge as yards of geometric-patterned knitted fabric. Around the corner, some workers wash and pre-shrink the cloth. Across the room from Drasin, president of Drasin Knitting Mills Inc.