CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (Aug. 31)—The Wardwell Braiding Machine Co. has established a new Italian company to provide fast response to customers in Italy. Wardwell Italy S.R.L. is located in Concorezzo, Italy, and will play a "key role in Wardwell's long-term plans to improve sales and service support throughout southern Europe," the parent company said. Wardwell Italy initially will serve as an assembly facility for its parent company's recently introduced winders and powered payoffs. The facility eventually will evolve into a full sales and service center for all Wardwell-, Schnellflechter- and Spirka-brand braiders and winders, Wardwell said.