Britain: The Professor

Britain's ailing textile industry boasts many prestigious names, among them the knights and right honorables that British companies are so fond of. But the name that currently causes the biggest stir is that of Joe Hyman. Organizing a small rayon-finishing company only six years ago, Manchester-born Joe Hyman steadily enlarged it through acquisitions, eventually merged with illustrious 180-year-old William Hollins & Co. Ltd., and himself emerged as Rollins' chairman and chief executive. Last week Hollins — renamed Viyella International Ltd. to capitalize on the fame of its lamb's-wool-and-cotton Viyella fabric — moved to take over British Van Heusen for...

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