January 2015 Issue

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Features

  • The Pergola® REVERSE is a free-standing solution that  can be used residentially and commercially. It provides the convenience of a retractable awning with the comfort and durability of a stationary framework. Photo: Sunair® Awnings and Solar Screens

    Living it up, outside

    Screens and shades that protect from wind, sun and insects bring indoor comforts to outdoor living.

  • Vacu-Wash® uses a cleaning agent in a specially designed vacuum chamber to clean fabrics effectively using a safe and eco-friendly process. The product won an Honorable Mention in IFF’s 2014 Innovation Award competition. Photo: Vacu-Wash® USA

    Habit forming

    The secret to a sideline in cleaning and repair is convincing customers to do it regularly.

  • 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.

  • Photography by Betsy Hansen

    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.

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Markets

  • Vacu-Wash® uses a cleaning agent in a specially designed vacuum chamber to clean fabrics effectively using a safe and eco-friendly process. The product won an Honorable Mention in IFF’s 2014 Innovation Award competition. Photo: Vacu-Wash® USA

    Habit forming

    The secret to a sideline in cleaning and repair is convincing customers to do it regularly.

  • At 53-feet by 92-feet by 28-feet high, the structure was built to seat 365 people for dinner, and more for other event types. Photo: Chris Lee

    Beam it to me

    A vanguard fabric airbeam supporting a tent atop Carnegie Hall is poised to expand markets.

  • The Pergola® REVERSE is a free-standing solution that  can be used residentially and commercially. It provides the convenience of a retractable awning with the comfort and durability of a stationary framework. Photo: Sunair® Awnings and Solar Screens

    Living it up, outside

    Screens and shades that protect from wind, sun and insects bring indoor comforts to outdoor living.

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News

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Business

  • Lease or buy?

    New rules may make a difference in your decision.

  • Photography by Betsy Hansen

    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.

  • Maj. John Dills (left) and Sgt. 1st Class Venrick James (right). Soldiers trained to work in buddy teams to put on and take off their protective equipment. Photo: Staff Sgt. Daniel Wallace, III Corps Public Affairs

    Saturation point

    PPE manufacturers are running at capacity to help in the fight against Ebola.

  • Vacu-Wash® uses a cleaning agent in a specially designed vacuum chamber to clean fabrics effectively using a safe and eco-friendly process. The product won an Honorable Mention in IFF’s 2014 Innovation Award competition. Photo: Vacu-Wash® USA

    Habit forming

    The secret to a sideline in cleaning and repair is convincing customers to do it regularly.

  • 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.

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Projects

  • A crew of four can inflate the Air Bubble in three hours and deflate it in two, making it a practical and movable public space for concerts, theater and events for up to 140 people. Photos: Guillaume Prié

    Walking on air

    Creating a movable public space: the Air Bubble.

  • Birdair’s PTFE fiberglass membranes shed as much as 73 percent of the sun’s energy, earning it certification by Energy Star and the Cool Roof Rating Council. Photos: Birdair North America.

    U-shaped UV protection

    Shade canopy to cover U-shaped facility's leading roof edge.

  • The Curling Club art shanty left frozen White Bear Lake with a bang and a “brrrr” (the wind chill temperature was -30°F), only to find new life as a permanent installation at the Frogtown Curling Club in St. Paul, Minn. Photos: Wale Falade

    Hunker down in shanty town

    Only in MN would an art project invite innovative thinkers to build temporary ice-fishing shanties on a lake in below-zero temperatures.

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