A Strong Thread Runs Through This Textile Maker

At first glance, diversified textile manufacturer Johnston Industries appears to be another ho-hum stock. After all, textile makers--usually sensitive to economic swings--haven't been market standouts. Johnston shares, for instance, have been off all year, meandering from nearly 13 a share in April to 9. But a closer look at Johnston and its chairman and CEO, David Chandler, raises intriguing possibilities, according to some savvy pros.

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