Boots to Business: Reboot

June 30, 2014

Entrepreneurship training course for veterans. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host an entrepreneurship training course for veterans in 12 U.S. cities beginning July 11. Each two-day “Boots to Business: Reboot” event will be led by representatives from SBA’s resource partners and industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). …

Glen Raven Technical Fabrics announces new image and website

June 27, 2014

New logo and refreshed website reflect the growing GRTF brand identity. Following the launch of a new corporate logo for Glen Raven Inc., Glen Raven Technical Fabrics (GRTF) developed and rolled out its own logo to reflect the growing brand identity associated with its market segments. The rhythm and flow depicted in the shape symbolize …

Joe Belli named president of Eide Industries Inc.

June 26, 2014

Joe Belli has been named president of Eide Industries Inc. of Cerritos, Calif. Belli, who has been with the company since 1981, replaces Don Araiza as the company’s fifth president since 1938. Araiza has been with Eide since 1973, and had served as the company’s president since 1985. He is now serving as the company’s …

Larson Electronics releases 60-watt LED work area dock light

Extendable, energy-efficient alternative to traditional gas burning filament luminaries. Larson Electronics has released the WAL-DL-WP60E-72-1227, a 60-watt LED work area dock light with an adjustable, pivoting arm. It provides 5,400 lumens of high quality light while drawing 0.5 amps at 60 watts on a 120-volt AC power source, giving operators an energy-efficient alternative to traditional …

DSM Dyneema addresses trends in armor protection for helicopters and boats

June 25, 2014

Advanced armor forecasted to play key role in solving challenges for military, law enforcement and security vehicles. Emerging global trends are impacting the operating environment of light tactical interdiction vehicles for military, law enforcement and homeland security operations, particularly helicopters and patrol boats. As they are increasingly involved in higher-risk scenarios, these vehicles require enhanced …

Carnegie introduces new wallcovering

June 24, 2014

Embroidered felt textile for the wall A new wool felt wallcovering from the Carnegie creative studio, New York, N.Y., has been introduced as Cache. Dense layers of stitching create three-dimensional embroidery work, giving the structure a modern edge. The color palette consists of deep neutrals and is highlighted with the thick embroidered stripe. Cache measures …

AATCC winners announced

June 23, 2014

Concept 2 Consumer® Student Design Competition The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has announced four winners out of 88 entries for its tenth annual 2014 AATCC Concept 2 Consumer Student Design Competition. This year’s theme, Boardwalk, asked college and university students to showcase their talent in textile design by creating a swimwear …

Decoprint wins EDP award

June 20, 2014

Pearl product named Best Textile Substrate. Decoprint, from textile manufacturer DHJ Intl., won Best Textile Substrate for its Pearl product at the European Digital Press (EDP) Awards held during FESPA Digital 2014, May 20-23, at the Munich Exhibition Centre in Munich, Germany. The latest evolution of Pearl was recognized for its print quality, durability and …

Sunbrella launches Perspective New England

June 19, 2014

Web-based video design series inspires design solutions at home, on the water and on an adventure. Sunbrella’s Perspective project is back for a second year, featuring Perspective New England, a three-part, web-based design series to inspire consumers with practical design solutions at home, on the water and on an adventure. The story will be told …

Small business success

June 18, 2014

Orange County SCORE named Chapter of the Year SCORE, a free mentoring service for small businesses, named Orange County, Calif., its Chapter of the Year during National Small Business Week 2014, May 12–16, in recognition of the chapter’s commitment to innovative and outstanding service in assisting entrepreneurs to start and grow their enterprises in Fiscal …

NWBC public meeting: Innovative strategies for women to raise capital

June 17, 2014

June 25 webinar to feature Tina Tchen, chief of staff to Michelle Obama The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) will hold its quarterly virtual public meeting June 25 to communicate its efforts in advancing the women’s entrepreneurship agenda. The focus is women entrepreneurs’ access to capital, one of four main pillars of NWBC’s portfolio. Special …

UPDATE: Date change for IFAI Japan Product Showcase

June 16, 2014

Market your products in Japan and Asia at the IFAI Japan Forum. UPDATE (6/16/2014): IFAI Japan Product Showcase has been changed to July 18, 2014 at ShinOsaka Washington Hotel Plaza in Osaka, Japan. Posted on (5/21/2014): Market your products related to the specialty fabrics industry at the IFAI Japan Forum on July 17 in Tokyo, …

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Fabric performance: Setting the stage at Bally’s Las Vegas

With a bevy of showgirls all glammed up in glitzy costumes kicking it, singing and dancing, the iconic Jubilee is a classic Las Vegas extravaganza. The Bally’s Las Vegas show was created by producer Donn Arden in 1981. Recently, though, Bally’s decided the show needed a revamp. Frank Gatson Jr., a noted creative director and …

Are you ready to lead your company through a crisis?

June 13, 2014

Free webinar to be hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery, June 17 Emergency responders are trained to make quick decisions that will protect people and save lives when a natural or manmade disaster occurs-and this is a skill that comes in handy for anyone running a small business. When an emergency hits, the safety of …

Safe Reflections wins military contracts for its reflective material

June 12, 2014

Safe Reflections, St. Paul, Minn., a global technology leader in providing reflective solutions to the occupational safety, consumer active wear apparel and military training markets, has been awarded two contracts totaling $3.5 million to provide reflective material for United States Air Force training apparel. The multi-year contracts are the latest in a series of military …

YuniquePLM to manage product line for Hansen Protection

June 11, 2014

Hansen Protection, a leader in protective clothing and life jackets for seafarers, has chosen Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM® product lifecycle management solution to manage the design, development and manufacturing of its product lines. Hansen Protection is based in Moss, Norway, and is a major supplier for the North Sea Oil Industry and the Norwegian Defense Forces. …

New distributor named for Monti Antonio calenders

June 10, 2014

Global Imaging, the leading integrator of wide and grand-format printing systems, has been named the North American distributor of Monti Antonio calenders. Global CEO Greg Lamb says this is a strategic move to provide a more efficient and versatile calender that better fits customer needs and market demand. Manufactured in Italy, the Monti is a …

New inventory management solution released

June 9, 2014

MaxUp Advantage is an inventory management solution to help companies avoid the expensive spot buys and expediting charges that result from storing inoperative spare parts. A specialized system for identifying and managing critical spare parts and machinery, MaxUp Advantage is designed to fill gaps in most enterprise resource planning, computerized maintenance, and spare parts management …

OEKO-TEX training more auditors

June 5, 2014

Since STeP certification for Sustainable Textile Production was introduced in June 2013, the International OEKO-TEX® Association has trained a total of 57 auditors in Europe and Asia. During this time and in addition to 8 pilot projects at various stages, 8 certifications for the rotating transition from OEKO-TEX Standard 1000 to STeP have been carried …

Explosion-proof UV fluorescent light fixture from Larson Electronics

June 3, 2014

Industrial lighting specialist Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 160-watt Class 1 & 2 fluorescent ultraviolet light fixture that is used to cure coatings and adhesives or as a germicidal agent. The EPL-48-4L-UV uses a special ballast and bulb to produce an ultraviolet light. The EPL-48-4L-UV fixture from Larson Electronics is a four-foot, …

Strengthening skills in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

June 2, 2014

For students in St. Paul, Minn., getting on the right track to a career in growing local industries starts early. Thanks to a $3.6 million Youth CareerConnect grant, the city’s existing Right Track summer youth employment program is partnering with St. Paul public schools and St. Paul College to create two new career academies in …

Shop Floor Control

June 1, 2014

Eton Systems has introduced its new ETONnote™ Shop Floor Control (SFC) system: an innovative productivity and information management solution that uses wireless networking and standard Android™-based devices to collect real-time production and process information that can be used to increase individual and team productivity, enhance order tracking and streamline the incentive payroll process. System makes …

Don’t Flush Baby Wipes campaign success

Non-flushable baby wipes are one of those items increasingly found in the wastewater stream. To raise awareness about this problem, INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, partnered with the Main Wastewater Control Association and Portland Water District to launch a public awareness campaign that successfully reduced the amount of non-flushable baby wipes in …

PVC vinyl for doors

Sioen B6000 PVC vinyl fabric for high-speed doors is built with “Panama” construction for increased tear strength and resistance. An acrylic lacquer is applied to both sides to make the fabric slippery and increase its abrasion resistance. Low long-term elongation helps to maintain its structural integrity when doors are subject to wind or negative pressure …

Sustainable spandex

INVISTA, owner of the LYCRA brand, has developed a bio-derived spandex available for use in a wide variety of apparel fabrics and garments. Approximately 70 percent by weight of the fiber comes from a renewable source made from dextrose derived from corn. Since this fiber is made using a renewable feedstock, the result is a …

Expanded SunTex 95 line

Just in time for summer heat, Phifer Inc. has added two new hues to the SunTex® 95 exterior sun control product line. “Chestnut” and “Sand” will complement the current selection of six neutral color options in the fabric line, which is designed specifically for exterior roller shade applications. SunTex 95 is thinner and lighter weight …

GMA report on N.A. geosynthetics markets

A comprehensive review of U.S. and Canadian geosynthetics markets compiled by the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), is available now at the IFAI Bookstore. The Geosynthetics Market Report 2011-2012 provides quantities and values of the geosynthetic materials produced in the U.S. and Canada, reporting on five categories …

Snapshot: Designed for speed

By Sigrid Tornquist Upholstery styling on a high-performance power boat that can reach more than 70 mph should be equal to its sporty abilities. When a customer brought his 22-foot Donzi with factory original upholstery to Racine Design to be reupholstered, he gave Don and Carole Racine free rein on the design. After discussing ideas …

Stahl acquires Clariant’s leather business

Stahl, Waalwijk, the Netherlands, a specialist in high-quality chemicals leather and performance coatings for all kind of materials, has acquired Clariant’s leather services business, which includes manufacturing sites in Germany, Italy and India, as well as laboratories in several other locations. With this acquisition, Stahl now services the entire leather processing chain. With more than …

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The next steps

Carol Racine takes on one challenge after another as she and her husband build a business and make plans for a sewing school. “I know my limitations—but I’m always challenging those limits,” says Carol Racine, president of Racine Design in Jacksonville, Fla. “I don’t let the fact that I haven’t done a certain type of …

Carnegie becomes Certified B Corporation

Carnegie, Rockville Centre, N.Y., has passed a rigorous third party assessment performed by the nonprofit organization B Lab to become the first textile and wall covering company to become a Certified B Corporation. The designation means the company meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. Carnegie joins such companies as Patagonia, …

New rules for repair

The IRS has issued final regulations: Is it a deductible repair or a capital expenditure? By Mark E. Battersby Since the inception of the Internal Revenue Code, the IRS and specialty fabric professionals have often been at odds over whether expenditures made are currently deductible as repair costs, or whether they must be capitalized and …

Stealth shelters colonize “legally ambiguous” space

The graffiti-laden wall of a train station in Marseilles, France, may be the next frontier in both fabric architecture and homelessness. Architect Stéphane Malka, of Malka Architecture in Paris, installed 23 shelter pods vertically on the three-story wall, creating a barnacle-like colony called A-KAMP47. Homeless or displaced people inhabiting the stealth shelters are not technically …

Milco Industries joins with Fablok Mills

Milco Industries of Bloomsburg, Pa., a leading supplier of knitted fabrics, is combining with Fablock Mills, a Murray Hill, N.J. supplier of raschel and tricot fabrics to a variety of markets in North America. The new relationship will enable Milco to offer a more diversified product line targeted to automotive, health care and government end …

Outlook: Guarded optimism

IFAI’s 2014 Outlook Conference speakers review current economic and industry trends. By Mary Hennessy When members of the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and the Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI), both divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), gathered this May for the annual Outlook Conference, they enjoyed all the usual benefits: interesting speakers, …

Inventive aesthetic, lightweight chair

Marcel Wanders, a prolific product and interior designer headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has developed more than 1,700 products or projects for premium brands such as Alessi, Bisazza, KLM, Flos, Swarovski and Puma, among others. Wanders challenged fellow designers—and himself—to create the world’s lightest chair. His method involved party balloons, of the type clowns use …

Glen Raven, Sunbury celebrate 20-year partnership

Two decades ago, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, Glen Raven, N.C., was looking to expand its upholstery fabrics business. The company looked to Sunbury Textile Mills of Sunbury, Pa., for its access to decorative jobber markets. Today, the partnership, which combined the performance heritage of the Sunbrella® brand with Sunbury’s reputation for high-end design, remains strong. …

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Economies of scope

Fabric structures designed for storage, warehousing and shelter can be as durable as brick-and-mortar structures, and far more flexible. With the construction of fabric structures consistently meeting (and often exceeding) stringent building codes, you’d think that more clients would opt for one of these highly engineered and efficient fabric-clad buildings. With clearspan or air-supported fabric …

“Tanked” on wheels: it’s a wrap

Each year, the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) aftermarket auto parts trade show brings together as many as 60,000 vendors and buyers to make connections and do business. Toyota wanted an attention-grabber for this year’s show, and partnered with Identity Brand (a Las Vegas graphics company), Roland DGA Corp. (an Irvine, Calif., leader in vehicle …

Bloomer Plastics expands capacity

Bloomer Plastics, producer of custom-engineered cast embossed films for the industrial, medical and packaging markets, has completed a multi-million dollar capacity expansion program that will help the company meet the demand for its polyolefin-based products. Based in Bloomer, Wis., the company also produces plastic used in diaper manufacturing. In addition to the expansion, Bloomer Plastics …

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Market mobility

Embracing the dynamic business technology environment of smartphones and tablets. Streamlined efficiencies. Cost-effective measures. New revenue streams. In this recovering economy, fabricators and end product manufacturers (EPMs) are pulling out all stops—eager to find ways to stay ahead of the game. One way of doing this is by using mobile technology to conduct business—on- and …

A comfortable group

Gilbert Tourville, founder of Trinity Hammocks, Longueuil, Québec, Canada, has a taste for adventure, working as a ship’s pilot and a successful restauranteur before launching his new award-winning hammock designs in 2012. The Trinity hammock design challenges the notion that relaxation and socialization are mutually exclusive experiences. The Eternity and Infinity products configure three hammocks …

A&R Tarpaulins named Small Business of the Year

A&R Tarpaulins Inc., a Fontana, Calif., manufacturer of technical and engineered fabric products, architectural fabric products, and tarp and industrial fabric products, was named Small Business of the Year for the 2014 California Small Business Day celebration in Sacramento, Calif. Senator Norma Torres, Senate District No. 32, selected the company, which is one of 80 …

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Riding a wave

Marine fabricators are swamped with projects for boat owners, from vintage renovations to custom upgrades for new boats. The boating market has always been a good indicator of economic health and consumer confidence in the U.S. Nearly 90 million Americans participate in recreational boating, generating some $83 billion in annual spending. Even while sales of …

Motorcycle airbags, in style

Leave it to Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., the iconic Bologna, Italy, manufacturer of motorcycles since 1926, to be the first off the line with the newest in technology and safety. Ducati and partner Dainese S.p.A., Molvena, Italy, recently introduced the Ducati Multistrada D-air® motorcycle that comes standard with a wireless communication system that “talks” to …

Taylor Made appoints Zirkelbach

Craig Zirkelbach has been named regional sales manager representing Taylor Made Systems and its Ameritex Fabric Systems subsidiary in the southeastern United States. Zirkelbach honed his expertise in the marine industry as an executive for Ameritex Technologies prior to its merge with Taylor Made of Gloversville, N.Y. He will be based in Simpsonville, S.C., with …

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Mist methodologies

NCSU lab rethinks chemical/biological hazard protection testing and derives important new conclusions. By Bryan Ormond, Ph.D. When you ask first responders if they are more concerned about having enough protection against flash fire exposures, ballistic and physical hazards, heat stress, or chemical and biological threats, more times than not they are going to say they …

Hospital parking garage: Security with appeal

Southern California’s Camp Pendleton, the largest military training facility on the West Coast, recently opened a new 500,000-square-foot hospital to serve members of the military, replacing an outdated 1960s-era facility. The design incorporates elements to make it a healing and soothing space from the start of the patient’s visit to the day he or she …

Global Imaging expands technical team

Russell Fernandez, Bryan Lebsack and David Shaw have joined the technical support team of Global Imaging, Louisville, Colo., to help provide additional technical expertise to customers of the company’s digital print systems and supplies. Fernandez’s expertise includes equipment implementations, repairs and maintenance; Lebsack is proficient in all aspects of equipment installation, operation and maintenance; Shaw, …

An invisible barn?

“Invisible Barn: An Architectural Folly Merging with Nature” is a site-specific design proposal that recreates its environment by projecting the landscape onto the building. The project proposes to clad the barn-shaped structure in 5mil reflective mylar film with a clear UV coating, creating a mirrored piece that becomes a part of the grove’s trees and …