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June 15, 2020
Ref: File 10384

Mr. Jeremy Frazier, President
Traymore Associates, Inc.
4834 Allison Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Dear Mr. Frazier:

Subject: Your question about our corduroy fabric

I am Linda Benson, account representative for Arnston Fabrics. We received your questions about the weave of our corduroy products. I am happy to explain the weave to you.

Our corduroy is strong and durable. It has a rounded cord, rib, or wale surface we create using cut pile yarn. The back of the fabric has either a plain or a twill weave.

We then use two textile fibers with one warp and two fillings. After the textile is woven, we coat the back of the cloth with glue and cut the floats of pile yarn in the center. The glue prevents the filling from drawing out of the fabric during cutting. I have enclosed a brochure describing the process.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to call me at 312 555-1212.

Sincerely,

Linda Benson
Account Representative

Encl.: Corduroy Brochure (1)

CC: Barry Stillwater
CC: Lisa Williams

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Font: 12-point or 11-point
Times Roman or Arial
Black
One-inch margins all around

Letterhead or your name and address Arnston Fabrics

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Date June 15, 2020
Reference number Ref: File 10384 If you have a reference number, put it just below the date or two spaces below the date.
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Inside address Mr. Jeremy Frazier, President
Traymore Associates, Inc.
4834 Allison Street
Champaign, IL 61820
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Salutation Dear Mr. Frazier: You may use only the first name and a comma if you know the person well.
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Subject Subject: Your question about our corduroy fabric If your company uses a subject line, place it two lines below the salutation or two lines above the salutation. Use “Subject” rather than “Re.” “Re” is a Latin abbreviation that was used in legal documents. It is the abbreviation for the Latin in re, meaning “in the matter of.”
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Introdution I am Linda Benson, account representative for Arnston Fabrics. We received your questions about the weave of our corduroy products. I am happy to explain the weave to you.
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Response topic 1 Our corduroy is strong and durable. It has a rounded cord, rib, or wale surface we create using cut pile yarn. The back of the fabric has either a plain or a twill weave.
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Response topic 2 We then use two textile fibers with one warp and two fillings. After the textile is woven, we coat the back of the cloth with glue and cut the floats of pile yarn in the center. The glue prevents the filling from drawing out of the fabric during cutting.
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Invitation to talk I hope that answers your question. I have enclosed a brochure describing the process. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call me at 312 555-1212. Close cordially. Include contact information, even though it is in the letterhead. That shows your willingness to talk.
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Complimentary close Sincerely, For the closing, writers most often use “Sincerely.” You might also use “With regards,” “Cordially,” or “Thank you.” Don’t use “Thanking you in advance” or wording with “warm” in it.
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Your name and position Linda Benson
Account Representative
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Enclosures Encl.: Corduroy Brochure (1)
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Copies CC: Barry Stillwater
CC: Lisa Williams
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