B & O acquires Performance Textiles

April 1st, 2014

As a leading textile converter for the U.S. military, Brand & Oppenheimer (B&O) Co. Inc., Red Bank, N.J., sought to diversify its product line into sports, recreational, work-wear and commercial markets. It recently acquired Performance Textiles Inc., Greensboro, N.C., a supplier of engineered and high-performance fabrics for a variety of markets, including military applications. The […]

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New Orafol distribution center in Ontario

April 1st, 2014

Orafol Americas Inc., Black Creek, Ga., has expanded its presence in North America by opening a new Canadian distribution center for its pressure-sensitive films and industrial tapes for sign, screen print and digital imaging applications. The 24,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art warehouse in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, will provide fast and effective service to Canadian distributors.

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More workforce training in 2015?

April 1st, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor has released its fiscal year 2015 budget request, which focuses on preparing workers for ready-to-fill job markets and industries projected to grow in the future. The budget supports reforms to improve training and employment programs to help workers gain skills and return to work quickly. The Department of Labor plans […]

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Vehicle underbody shields coming to U.S.

April 1st, 2014

Ultra-Silent, an innovative fiber under-floor and under-engine shield manufactured by Autoneum Management Ltd., Winterthur, Switzerland, has only been available to European car manufacturers—until now. Autoneum will enter the North American market starting in 2015. The Ultra-Silent systems, consisting of glass-free PET fibers, are water resistant, heat resistant, recyclable and 50 percent lighter than standard plastic […]

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Cutting-edge footballs for the Super Bowl

April 1st, 2014

In all of the hoopla around Super Bowl XLVIII, news trended from the weather in New Jersey to Bruno Mars’ performance to whether the defensive Seahawks would triumph over the offensive Broncos, but very few tweets and tidbits focused on the footballs. Wilson Sporting Goods Co. quietly produced 150 official game footballs and 800 official […]

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Cut-to-fit belts for frequent flyers

April 1st, 2014

StarBelt Collections, manufactured by WeatherTech®, Bollingbrook, Ill., assures all potential customers that the colorful thermoplastic polyolefin and elastomer StarBelts are completely recyclable and “vegan.” These may not be the biggest market advantages StarBelt offers in its competition with leather belts for keeping up the slacks, shorts and knickers of customers. The company insists that it […]

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Rest easy: clean, soft pillow protections

April 1st, 2014

Sleepers everywhere demand their favorite pillows for everyday use, often bringing the perfect personalized pillow along on camping trips, airplane travel and hotel stays to ensure a good night’s rest. However, when hygiene is the most important consideration in a pillow, comfort can get kicked to the curb. Hospital patients, nursing home residents, hotel patrons […]

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