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Interactive tools to enhance your website

September 1, 2009

Reach out to your website visitors with interactivity. By Joe Dysart Increasing numbers of users view the web as a second home where they spend hours each day interacting with friends, colleagues, clients and customers. It just makes sense to tap into the many tools available to make your business’s site work harder for you. …

ARA challenges health care reform

The American Rental Association (ARA) is asking its members to call their U.S. House of Representatives member to voice concerns about H.R. 3200 “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009” introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “ARA supports health insurance market reform. However, the reforms we have supported for the past decade that increase …

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Entertainment markets offer manufacturers steady gigs

With a wide variety of fabric applications, the entertainment industry offers sweeping opportunities for manufacturers. By Barb Ernster Entertainment and related markets offer sweeping opportunities for fabric products manufacturers to make their mark. The breadth of the industry extends far beyond Hollywood and Broadway to include corporate events, concerts, exhibitions, touring shows, amusement parks, cruise …

ATNT-2009 international conference announced

U.S.A.-based Texas Tech University and Bannari Amman Institute of Technology (BIT), Sathyamangalam, India, jointly announce the 6th edition of “Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles–ATNT 2009,” to be held on the BIT campus from Dec. 7–9, 2009. For the past five years, Texas Tech University has been providing this international platform in the …

SBA loan program may help stressed small businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a loan program that may help small businesses faced with short-term cash problems. SBA’s America’s Recovery Capital (ARC) Loan Program can provide up to $35,000 in short-term relief for viable small businesses facing immediate financial hardship, to help ride out current uncertain economic times and return them to …

Moral fibre: Business ethics and the specialty fabrics industry

By Christopher J. Nolan Most business owners would probably agree that three words—profitable revenue growth—could summarise their corporate objectives, even if expressed more subtly. Understandably, as the storm-ravaged economy, supported by a government lifebelt, traverses further shoals, this business paradigm is being questioned. Has it got us into this economic mess, and does the continuing …

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Digitally printed carpet

By Tim Greene One advantage of some of the new digital printing ink formulations is that they allow direct printing to industrial textiles. The advantage of digital printing is the ability to more cost effectively print short runs or turn jobs around quickly. Recently, I saw some examples of digitally printed carpets. I spoke with …

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Printed tent houses the Acatemy

By Abbie Yarger The project. To create and install a 30-foot by 60-foot tent structure for an exhibit promoting Meow Mix products. Interactive play areas inside the tent allowed visitors to bring their cats into the structure, which traveled to 11 U.S. cities. The structure, appropriately named The Acatemy, was part of the Meow Mix …