Airship contract lifts employment in Delaware

August 1, 2010

In Frederica, Del., ILC Dover’s claim to fame is making spacesuits for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In late June, Delaware Governor Jack Markell presided over a ribbon cutting on ILC Dover’s new 60,000-square-foot production warehouse in Dover, where 45 newly employed people are building a new product: blimp-like airships for U.S. Army …

Glen Raven builds new distribution center

By the end of 2010, Glen Raven Inc. and its subsidiary Tri Vantage will complete a 100,000-square-foot centralized distribution hub to serve customers nationwide. The new facility, located in Mebane, N.C., is close to Interstate 85, UPS and FedEx hubs, Glen Raven’s corporate headquarters in Charlotte, N.C., and Glen Raven Transportation, a company subsidiary. The …

Russian geotextiles on roads and rails

The Freudenberg Politex plant in Zavoizhie, Russia, has expanded its capacity for polyester nonwoven production by 3,000 tons per year, most of which are used for Drenotex geotextiles in applications for roads, landfills, drainage or railways. The company’s staple and spunbond polyester nonwovens, successfully used and marketed as reinforcement for bituminous roofing membranes, are becoming …

Lean improvements at Secant Medical

A Lean Manufacturing training program, implemented with the help of an alliance of Pennsylvania educational providers, spurred the staff of Secant Medical™, Perkasie, Penn., to identify process improvements in the manufacture of its custom textile structures for biomedical devices. A $60,000 state grant and several economic development groups supported the training, which produced operational improvements, …

GREENGUARD certification made simple

Manufacturers seeking information about making or certifying products with low or no toxic indoor air emissions can find the short course on the updated GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) website. It outlines various product certification programs, sustainability credits designers and architects can earn by using certified products, and showcases brands that meet GEI’s criteria for healthy …

India’s filtration fabrics markets revealed

Filter Media Consulting and the Business Coordination House have jointly published “Market Survey Report: India Nonwoven and Woven Fabrics for Filtration 2010,” an overview of market trends, future potential, major players and barriers to successful investments. It is the first such report about India’s filtration industry, which is growing at a rate of 17-18 percent …

Insider training: compliance manual for textiles

Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services recently released a series of regulatory manuals, “The U.S. Compliance Insider 2010,” for four product lines, one of which is apparel and textiles. The manuals help users understand and comply with complex regulatory requirements and include comparison charts, product case studies and a glossary. The manuals are electronic and fully …

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Growing success for Awnings Today

The fourth year of the Awnings Today campaign, sponsored by Professional Awnings Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), proved to be the project’s best to date, an effort that garnered more than 16 billion impressions, from print, web, blogs and broadcast media. This compares to just over one billion the …