Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc., Yorkville, Ill., recently invested in a new U.S. manufacturing textile plant and its new hires reflect the company’s expansion as it adds new capabilities and enters new markets. John Schuster, a former Business Unit Director for GMT, has been named director of plant operations. Schuster will have responsibility for manufacturing, shipping and receiving, purchasing, inventory control, maintenance and plant engineering. In addition, Eric Lahoy has been hired as print media, western regional sales representative. Lahoy will be responsible for expanding Aurora’s position in the wide and grand format markets in Calif., Nev., Utah, Ore. and Wash.