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Tent companies reach out to China after earthquake

August 1, 2008

May 12 changed everything in the Sichuan province of China. Local radio in Sichuan quoted disaster relief officials as saying a third of the buildings in Wenchuan collapsed from the quake and another third were seriously damaged. In addition to taking thousands of lives, the earthquake leveled schools, hospitals and houses. As Chinese citizens and …

Nüwa forms strategies for sustainability in joint venture

The ancient Chinese goddess Nüwa (pronounced ‘new way’) was said to have mended the earth, following a battle between fire and water gods. A joint venture of fabric mills and specialized dye and finishing plants in China and Taiwan has adopted the goddess’s name to signal commitment to environmental consciousness. At a time when environmental …

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PAMA in the news for Awnings Today PR campaign

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, is creating a buzz thanks to its Awnings Today PR campaign, now entering its third year. PAMA was featured in a front-page Washington Post (July 12, 2008) Real Estate section. The article illustrates how awnings are making a comeback, and highlights …

Rowley wins WOW! honors

At the International Window Coverings Expo, the publisher of Window Fashions magazine and other sponsors recognize industry excellence with the WOW! (World of Windows) Awards. Rowley Co., Gastonia, N.C., a manufacturer and distributor of 2,700 decorating supplies for workroom, installation, design, quilting, upholstery and marine applications, took top WOW! honors as Client and Customer Service …

Milliken makes Forbes list of most ethical companies

On June 3, the Ethisphere Institute, a think-tank dedicated to profitable and ethical best practices, and Forbes magazine announced the second annual World’s Most Ethical Companies list. Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, S.C., made the list in the Industrial Manufacturing category. “ They [Milliken] go well beyond legal minimums, opting instead to bring about innovative ideas …

ASID honors earth-minded Bella-Dura

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) honored Wearbest Sil-Tex Mills Inc., Garfield, N.J., with its 2008 Earth-Minded Award at the Hospitality and Design Show in Las Vegas in May. Wearbest’s Bella-Dura™ performance fabrics are tough to wear out (minimum 50,000 double rubs), but easy to recycle through a reclamation program established by the company. …

Firm offers free analyses to determine tax credit qualifications

The Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credit is a misunderstood area of the federal tax code, and many companies don’t know they qualify for credits. Paradigm Partners, Houston, Texas, announced in June that the tax-consulting firm would offer free feasibility analyses to determine if companies qualify for the credit—and a bigger tax refund. “Because of …

CIRFS releases new report on synthetic fiber industry

The Comité International de la Rayonne et des Fibres Synthétiques (CIRFS) represents the European synthetic fiber industry, and its market forecasts are valuable industry intelligence. Textiles Intelligence Ltd. is promoting “World Markets for Interior Textiles to 2012,” its newest report, which gives a global assessment of markets for carpets, bedding, towels, table linens, curtains and …

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Shade top kits accommodate inflatable boats

A fun-and-sun day on an inflatable boat can lead to a toss-and-turn night with severe sunburn. Taylor Made Products, Gloversville, N.Y., supplier of marine aftermarket products, can intercept some of those damaging rays with new shade tops that accommodate inflatable boat widths up to 5 feet 7 inches and lengths up to 10 feet 8 …

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Japan’s ‘hidden treasure’ forms furniture line

Sugi trees, or Cryptomeria japonica, make up 13 percent of Japan’s land mass, planted throughout the country during post-World-War-II reconstruction. Its Latin name means “hidden treasure of Japan,” and furniture manufacturer Hida Sangyo Co. Ltd., Hida-Takayama, Japan, and Italian designer Enzo Mari hope to make sugi the next wave in sustainable furnishings. Hida Sangyo developed …