In today's world of corporate cutbacks and consolidations, it's rare when someone can receive applause for 30 years of service with one organization. Dr. Preston Sasser, senior vice president and managing director, research, for Cotton Incorporated was able to do just that recently as he stood before board members at their annual meeting in Corpus Christi,TX. "The opportunity to work for you the past thirty years has been serendipity," he said.
During his career, Sasser participated in the development of numerous cotton research projects, but two in particular stand out due to their widespread impact on the cotton industry.
While working for Motion Control, in Dallas, TX, in the early 1970s, Sasser was a member of a team of engineers who created early high-speed cotton testing technology that eventually came to be known as High Volume Instrument (HVI) testing.
Sasser also was involved in an extensive research program to investigate and develop ways to minimize and control airborne cotton dust in U.S. cotton mills, which had been linked to byssinosis, or brown lung disease, a health threat to mill workers. "We also investigated what in cotton dust was actually causing the biological reaction," concluded Sasser.
"You can't replace a person like Preston Sasser," explained J. Berrye Worsham, president and chief executive officer of Cotton Incorporated. "You can only keep trying to match his devotion to the cotton industry."
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