Tullahoma improves payroll, production processes

January 30, 2015

Military apparel manufacturer has replaced manual data entry, payroll processing with IP solutions. Tullahoma Industries LLC (TII), a military and commercial apparel manufacturer, has replaced all manual production data entry and spreadsheet payroll processing with a suite of shop floor control and payroll processing solutions from Incentive Payroll Experts LLC (IP). The full suite has …

Auburn Manufacturing president attends State of the Union

President Obama renews his call for fast-tracking free trade agreements with Asia and Europe. Kathie Leonard, president and CEO of Auburn Manufacturing Inc. (AMI), attended the 2015 State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20 at the invitation of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a strong supporter of U.S. manufacturing. President Obama …

BYU professor wins cotton biotech award

January 29, 2015

Josh Udall recognized for work developing bioinformatics tools to understand cotton genome. Josh Udall of Brigham Young University (BYU) has been awarded the 2014 Cotton Biotechnology Award for his work developing bioinformatics tools (methods and software) to help understand the cotton genome. The award was presented by Cotton Inc., which funds Udall’s research, at the …

Westex and Cone Denim® team up for workwear industry

January 28, 2015

Companies partner to provide flame resistant denim apparel. Westex by Milliken and Cone Denim will provide flame-resistant (FR) denim apparel fabrics through an exclusive partnership, merging fashion and comfort with protective, reliable industrial workwear. Consumer insights showed an unmet need for guaranteed FR denim to provide the same comfort and style of everyday denim apparel, …

The Heytex Group purchases BondCote

January 27, 2015

Combined company has four production sites on three continents. The Heytex Group, Bramsche, Germany, has purchased Pulaski, Va.-based BondCote Corp., expanding its worldwide product portfolio for indoor and outdoor applications in digital print. The company also manufactures technical textiles in applications such as commercial and industrial tents, truck side curtains, dock shelters and flexible doors. …

W. L. Gore named Company of the Month

January 26, 2015

Recognition program highlights companies committed to sustainable production conditions. OEKO-TEX has selected W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. as its Company of the Month for January. Launched in 2011, the recognition campaign highlights companies who stand out based on their above average commitment to human ecological product safety and sustainable production conditions. W. L. Gore …

Printed Electronics Europe scheduled for April

January 23, 2015

IDTechEx-hosted event creates market engagement between end users and suppliers. The Printed Electronics Europe conference and tradeshow will be held April 28-29 at the Estrel Berlin in Berlin, Germany. Hosted by IDTechEx, the event focuses on printed, organic and flexible electronics, creating market engagement between users and suppliers by providing insight into end user requirements …

Reebok and W. L. Gore announce tactical footwear line

January 22, 2015

KRIOS keeps feet cool in hot environments and dry in wet conditions. W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. has teamed up with Warson Brands, exclusive licensee for Reebook military and tactical boots, to develop a new line of waterproof military and tactical footwear for hot weather. Using GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Technology, the Reebok KRIOS series …

Banner welding system receives patent

January 21, 2015

BannerPRO™ offers ability to fabricate perimeter hems, pole pockets and pocket signs in-house. Supply55 Inc.’s BannerPRO has been issued a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. BannerPRO is a banner welding system offering digital print facilities the ability to fabricate perimeter hems, pole pockets and pocket signs in-house, eliminating the need for …

Auburn Manufacturing president to attend State of the Union

January 20, 2015

Kathie Leonard is guest of Senator Angus King. Senator Angus King [I-ME] has invited Kathie Leonard, president and co-founder of Auburn Manufacturing Inc., Mechanic Falls, Maine, to be his guest at the 2015 State of the Union Address tonight in Washington, D.C. King has been a long-time supporter of American manufacturing, co-sponsoring the bipartisan Revitalize …

Teijin to launch new meta-aramid fiber

January 19, 2015

Teijinconex® neo will meet comfort and maneuverability demands for protective apparel. Teijin Limited, Tokyo, Japan, has announced the upcoming launch of Teijinconex neo, its newest type of meta-aramid fiber. Production is scheduled to start in mid-2015, nearly doubling the annual capacity of Teijin’s global meta-aramid fiber production. A unique production process will allow Teijinconex neo …

IAC offers free webinar

January 16, 2015

Antimicrobial policy recommendations The International Antimicrobial Council (IAC) will offer a free, 20-minute webinar about antimicrobial policies on Jan. 28 at 12 noon EST. Jaime Rutledge, IAC technology director, will offer tips on what regulatory, technical, testing, logistical and quality assurance issues need to be considered when adopting or revising an antimicrobial policy. Attendees will …

LifeThreads introduces antimicrobial medical apparel

January 15, 2015

Garments for patients and professionals reduce harmful bacteria concentrations by 99 percent. Life sciences company LifeThreads LLC, New York, N.Y., has introduced a medical apparel product line treated with an EPA-registered antimicrobial active ingredient that protects the fabric from harmful pathogens found within institutional medical environments. Designed for both patients and healthcare professionals, the garments …

U.S. Commercial Service offering webinar

January 14, 2015

How the Export Control Reform Initiative affects U.S. exporters. The U.S. Commercial Service will offer a webinar focusing on how the Export Control Reform Initiative is changing the way U.S. exporters approach export controls. It will be held Jan. 29 at 2:00 p.m., EST, and there is a $35.00 registration fee. Advisors from Goulston & …

Mutoh expands corporate learning facility

January 12, 2015

Grand opening event to be held Jan. 23. Mutoh America Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., has remodeled and expanded its corporate learning facility to support its growing product line, including its new line of ValueJet UV-LED wide-format printers and ink. The new facility includes a showroom, an expanded warehouse and a classroom-style education suite for training sessions. …

SANITIZED AG offers online house sanitizing tool

January 9, 2015

Consumers virtually discover uses for household hygiene and material protection. Swiss company SANITIZED AG, producer of antimicrobial hygiene function and material protection for textiles and plastics, has launched an interactive online tool to help consumers discover uses for hygiene and material protection in the household environment. In addition to the company’s function as a supplier …

Sunbrella® partners with U.S. sailing team

January 8, 2015

Olympic hopefuls’ hulls and sails will feature Sunbrella fabric. Sunbrella has partnered with U.S. sailing team Sperry Top-Sider as a Gold-level sponsor of the country’s Olympic and Paralympic sailing team. It will also be named as a presenting sponsor of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. Sunbrella has offered marine products since the 1970s, producing …

Custom railing completes couple’s dream home

January 7, 2015

Unique staircase features Banker Wire mesh. Looking to achieve their custom home’s rustic-modern design, a couple in St. Charles, Mo., Greg Buchheit, a principal with St. Charles-based Architectural Remodel & Contracting, and his wife, Amanda Buchheit, turned to Banker Wire, Mukwonago, Wis., to provide the mesh for a staircase railing. Banker Wire representatives guided the …

WeatherMAX welding guide now available

January 5, 2015

Fabric can be welded using hot air, heat, glue or ultrasonic equipment. Safety Components Fabric Technologies of Greenville, S.C., has produced guidelines for use with different methods and manufacturers’ equipment when bonding its durable, breathable and color-fast WeatherMAX fabric. It can be welded using a wide variety of hot air, heat, glue or ultrasonic equipment. …

IDG Europe and DSM Dyneema collaborate on solar panels

January 2, 2015

PowerArmor™ unit first to provide ballistic protection. A new solar panel system for Defense Forces-the PowerArmor unit from IDG Europe, Lidingo, Sweden-is lighter and more portable than systems currently available, also offering ballistic protection. The unit is based on Dyneema®, the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber (UHMWPE) produced by Netherlands-based DSM Dyneema, and branded as …

50 years of protected wilderness

January 1, 2015

On the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed into law Sept. 3, 1964, by President Lyndon Johnson, Wilderness50, Nature’s Best Photography magazine and the Smithsonian Institute asked photographers throughout the nation to define wilderness in pictures—and selected winners are now displayed as large-format prints in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, …

STS signs Sawgrass agreement

Sawgrass Technologies Inc., Mount Pleasant, S.C., has entered into a long-term license agreement with Boca Raton, Fla.-based STS Refill Technology, under which STS will sell digital inks for sublimation imaging as an authorized Sawgrass licensee. Sawgrass owns a patent portfolio of more than 160 patents issued globally and continues to expand with substantial investment in …

A rocking good time

The Wover, a gigantic woven rocker, was a favorite exhibit at the 2014 Seattle Design Festival in October. Created and installed by a team of volunteers, it was designed with two guiding principles in mind. The first, fittingly, was the theme of the festival, Design in Motion. The second was to juxtapose architectural tectonics with …

Trelleborg Group purchases Uretek Archer

The Trelleborg Group, Lodi Vecchio, Italy, a producer of engineered polymer-coated fabrics to protect critical systems in aerospace, automotive, recreation and fluid-handling sectors, enhanced its Trelleborg Coated Systems business by acquiring Uretek Archer LLC Group, consisting of Uretek LLC, a specialist in heat-sealable polyurethane-coated fabrics (New Haven, Conn.), and Archer Rubber Company LLC, a manufacturer …

Hunker down in shanty town

Only in Minnesota, where many are cold, but few are frozen, would an art project invite innovative thinkers to build temporary ice-fishing shanties on a lake in below-zero temperatures. The Art Shanty Projects, Minneapolis, Minn., holds an annual event to build new, engaging public art in relatively unregulated public spaces—like a frozen lake in February. …

New Safe Reflections facility

Safe Reflections Inc., St. Paul, Minn., will provide its reflective apparel solutions from a new 39,000-square-foot facility in Oakdale, Minn., with a dedicated indoor night demonstration lab where customers can see how clothing designs perform in different light conditions. Safe Reflections’ exclusive glass-bead reflective technology (developed by 3M, located nearby) has led to the company’s …

FDA approves low-dose radiation implant

Brachytherapy, a form of radiation therapy in which a radiation source is implanted next to the area requiring treatment, is at the core of CivaTech Oncology®, Research Triangle Park, N.C., products. The company’s second low-dose rate (LDR) implantable device, CivaSheet™, has received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in treatment of …

Stimpson launches Spanish website

Stimpson Co. Inc., a Pompano Beach, Fla., manufacturer and supplier of metal fasteners and related attaching machines, has launched a Spanish version of its website. A language link can be found under the company’s logo, and in one click the entire website is translated. The update is a result of customer feedback, as the company …

Green products road show

The Green Trade Project Office (GTPO) recently traveled to prospective customers to promote Taiwan’s green products and services with its Green Products Campaigns—five-day road shows featuring environmentally friendly products displaying a “Made in Taiwan” label. Campaigns in Surabaya, Indonesia; Shanghai; Bangkok, Thailand; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, showcased products such as green textiles, creative …

Science meets design: Phänomenta phenomenon

The precision of science and the art of design meet in Germany. By Jake Kulju Science has long relied on imagination to lure young people into the field. The Phänomenta Science Center in Lüdenscheid, Germany, is one of the world’s best examples of how powerful the relationship between science and imagination can be. The center …

Study bucks disposability trend

Disposability is ingrained into the manufacture of operating room wear, where sterility and splash protection trump other considerations. The Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, and the Cleaning Technology Institute e.V., Krefeld, Germany, launched a study to buck the trend, looking at ways to replace throwaway surgical wear with re-usable fabrics that sustain 50–70 washings, provide the …

Top form

The first of its kind, the Carnegie Hall Airtent, designed by Pvilion and fabricated by Anchor Industries, is a high-pressure airbeam structure for easy and rapid deployment. The composite airbeams are engineered to meet New York City’s stringent building codes, and the custom PVDF-coated polyester fabric skin is manufactured to be beautiful and functional. The …

Customers want leisure wear cool and dry

Consumer demand for greater performance properties in sports and casual wear may drive a new enthusiasm among clothing manufacturers and retailers for moisture management fabric technology, according to Issue No. 49 of Performance Apparel Markets from Textiles Intelligence. Research on high-tech methods of enhancing moisture management, UV protection, antimicrobial qualities and stain resistance are paying …

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Saturation point

PPE manufacturers are running at capacity to help in the fight against Ebola. Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), or Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a potentially fatal disease that was first identified in 1976. Since then, outbreaks have happened every couple of years, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. However, none of these outbreaks has been as serious as the …

IMS hosting membrane symposium

The Institute for Membrane and Shell Technologies (IMS e. V.), Bobingen, Germany, is hosting an International Membrane Symposium March 20–22 at Anhalt University in Dessau, Germany, as it celebrates its 15th anniversary and the start of its 10th master course in membrane structures. Presentations and discussions will focus on the future of the membrane structure …

Lease or buy?

New rules may make a difference in your decision. Whether to buy or lease new equipment is a tough question for many specialty fabric professionals to answer, even as credit becomes more readily available. There is no one correct answer to fit every situation or business, but compared to the simplicity of buying, leasing is …

SBA hits lending record

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) Loan Program reached another lending record in FY 2014. By the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30), the SBA had approved 52,044 7(a) loans for $19.19 billion, an increase of 12 percent in number loans and 7.4 percent in dollar amount over fiscal year 2013. The 7(a) …

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Living it up, outside

Screens and shades that protect from wind, sun and insects bring indoor comforts to outdoor living. Outdoor living is a growing trend for homeowners seeking to relax and entertain outside with all the comforts of indoor living. Restaurants and hotels are also extending guest areas to outdoor patios, sidewalks, rooftops and beachfronts. All of this …

Gondi expands sales territory

Tom Gondi of Soper’s Engineered Fabric Solutions, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is expanding his sales and marketing territory to include Florida. With 21 years of experience in sales and marketing of material handling and industrial equipment, Gondi brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to distributors of Soper’s custom-designed soft-wall enclosures, partitions and curtains.

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Habit forming

The secret to a sideline in cleaning and repair is convincing customers to do it regularly. Cleaning and repair of fabric products is a bit like pie-making: It’s an extremely useful skill, and there’s a sizable market for it, but it’s not everyone’s strong suit. Today’s high-performance fabrics are an investment. They have a longer …

Johnson joins MMI Textiles

Liz Johnson has joined MMI Textiles Inc. as director of product development and strategic sales. She has more than 20 years of experience in the technical textile division of Glen Raven Inc., and has held sales manager and military market manager positions, and served on various government contract committees.

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The world of your website

Why it’s important to give your website the careful attention it needs to support the success of your business. All industries experience their share of change. The fabrics industry is no different. From hemp to cotton to microfibers to “smart clothes” that gauge body temperature and GPS locations, the fabrics industry is undergoing a rapid …

Matthew appointed to Seaman board

Steve Matthew has joined the board of directors of Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, and serves on the Innovation and Technology Committee and Finance and Audit Committee. Matthew is the president of Wooster Hydrostatics and Fluid Power Solutions, a company specializing in remanufacturing, distribution and hydraulic power systems design.

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Beam it to me

A vanguard fabric airbeam supporting a tent atop Carnegie Hall is poised to expand markets. It takes a village to raise a child. And it takes a team to raise a tent—at least in the case of a challenging, vanguard installation atop a nine-story building in the center of Manhattan. Carnegie Hall, the renowned music …

Conneaut Leather acquires Cortinal Leathers

Conneaut Leather, a Conneaut, Ohio-based manufacturer of leather, has acquired sister companies Cortina Leathers and DMS Leathers, New York, N.Y., importers of Italian upholstery leathers, to serve the architectural, interior design and commercial end-user markets. Conneaut Leather offers manufacturing capabilities such as large in-stock lines, custom leathers, strikeoffs and special finishes including Crypton™ and cut-to-pattern, …

Rest stops on the road to success

David Snoad implements systems and empowers employees so his business can flourish—and he can take a vacation. “I’ve been away six months of this calendar year and we’re about to have our most profitable year ever,” says David Snoad, managing director of Pinz Pty. Ltd., Seaton, Australia. “Because of my time away, I’m more productive …

Investcorp buys Dainese

Investcorp, a London-based global provider of alternative investment products, has acquired the Italian retail firm Dainese S.p.A., which specializes in protective wear for sports such as motorcycling and mountain biking. The acquisition will allow Dainese to focus on driving technological advances in its product line—in particular, the D-Air® system.

Walking on air

The Collectif de la Meute (Collective of the Pack), Douarnenez, France, is an affinity group enthusiastic about creating art—theater, visual arts, digital productions, circus acts, architecture and urban planning—in public spaces. The transitory nature of modern life inspired the Pack to create a movable public space: the Air Bubble, “a temporary, nomadic and living shelter, …

NonWoven Solutions joins Fibertex Nonwovens

NonWoven Solutions LLC, a manufacturer of needlepunch nonwovens in Ingleside, Ill., was acquired by Danish firm Fibertex Nonwovens A/S. The purchase allows Fibertex Nonwovens to establish a stronger presence in U.S. markets as it plans to increase sales of products for the composites and automotive industries. The product ranges, key contacts and locations of both …

U-shaped UV protection

Baylor University in Waco, Texas, prides itself on its football program and demanded “a first-class facility for a first-class university and sports program,” says Douglas Radcliffe, business development manager for membrane canopy expert Birdair North America, Buffalo, N.Y. Waco’s subtropical climate, characterized by hot summers and mild winters, can produce 90-degree temperatures during any month …