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Exxon $3.4 Million Equipment Gift Boosts UT Textile Research(310)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.–The College of Human Ecology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville received $3.4 million in research equipment Wednesday from Exxon Chemical Company.  The machinery enables researchers at UT’s Textiles and Nonwovens Development Center (TANDEC) to develop new fabrics using spunbond and meltblown techniques.  Each process melts tiny plastic pellets into fibers which are converted into