H. Woodrow “Woody” Gosney, carpet yarn division president for Pharr Yarns, will retire from the company in March, after nearly 43 years with Pharr. Rich Pattinson, business director for Pharr’s carpet yarn division, will succeed Gosney. 

“Pharr Yarns is known for its product innovation, high degree of manufacturing quality and extraordinary customer service due in great part to the insight, knowledge and effort of Woody Gosney,” said Bill Carstarphen, president and CEO of Pharr Yarns. “Woody is a legend in the carpet industry, and he will be sorely missed throughout Pharr and the entire carpet world.”
Former Pharr CEO, J.M. “Bip” Carstarphen hired Gosney in 1972 and initially had him spend time in Pharr’s plants studying the manufacturing processes, products and equipment. In 1982, Woody assumed the role of vice president of Pharr’s carpet yarn division, was promoted to executive vice president in 1995, and ultimately became carpet yarn division president in 2005. 
According to Carstarphen, Gosney had the foresight to recommend that the company invest in new equipment that would pave the way for an eventual transition from spun yarn products to today’s efficient and innovative bulked continuous yarns. During much of his career, the carpet industry has undergone significant consolidation and vertical integration.
Pattinson joined Pharr four years ago after a 21-year career with DuPont and Invista, where he held leadership roles in operations, business, finance and manufacturing. He has a broad range of responsibilities within the carpet yarn division of Pharr, including the integration of resources & technology for a growing product portfolio.