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 …

Larson Electronics releases 60-watt LED work area dock light

June 26, 2014

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 …

Joe Belli named president of Eide Industries Inc.

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 …

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 …

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Riding a wave

June 1, 2014

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 …

Going to extremes: the outer limits

It might be the last thing you want to think about in June, but winter will return. Working outdoors in extreme cold and wind doesn’t have to make people miserable. Carhartt Inc., a global premium work clothing company, has teamed up with Mount Vernon FR to create a new line of outerwear that offers a …

Promotions at Herculite

Three key employees at Herculite Products Inc., a manufacturer of tent, awning, digital and marine high-performance fabrics located in Emigsville, Pa., have been appointed to new positions. Dan Dix has been appointed business manager of digital media. A member of the Herculite team for more than 11 years, Dix brings a wealth of knowledge to …

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Safe enough to drink

A new cover for an old water reservoir provides a long-term solution. Last November, Newport Beach, Calif., completed a major water reservoir renovation project that it expects to solve the city’s decades-long water quality issues. The 22-acre Big Canyon Reservoir, constructed in 1958, would hold nearly 200 million gallons of potable water—enough to serve 70 …

Fully automatic pontoon covers

Sometimes, just the hassle of having to put on and take off an unwieldy pontoon cover can be enough for some people to think twice about taking the boat out for a leisurely spin. Jackson Canvas Co. has solved that problem, with a fully automatic cover that can be put up or down in less …

New Mutoh America VP

Brian Phipps, formerly general manager at Mutoh America Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., has been appointed vice president and general manager for the manufacturer of wide-format printers and cutters. He will oversee the continued growth of North and Latin American sales and operations. In his new role, he will work on new product development and provide input …

PVC-free wallcoverings

A new line of thermoplastic olefin (TPO) wallcoverings from the Carnegie creative studio offers long-term performance and ease of cleaning without the health and environmental concerns of PVC’s chlorine chemistry. Composed of 90 percent TPO and 10 percent post-consumer recycled glass, the collection matches or exceeds the durability and cleanability of Type II vinyl, and …

U.S. businesses extend their REACH

TüV Rheinland® offers REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) registration services in North American from its offices in Newtown, Conn., to businesses planning to export products to the European Union. REACH requires manufacturers and exporters to register with the European Chemicals Agency all substances they produce in or import to the EU in …

Year-round in a yurt

Design meets New Zealand building code standards. By Julie Swiler Yurts have been around for more than 3,000 years, yet they have a very modern appeal. The natural dwelling of the nomadic peoples of Central Asia, the circular, domed structure is a light-filled and airy living space. In Mongolia, the word is ger, which, translated …

Versatile printing

PrinterEvolution has introduced the Eos Series of industrial digital textile printers, a complete, industrial soft-signage printing solution for high-end printers. The Eos126 DS 3.2m printer is designed for high-volume production, with state-of-the-art technology and precision media handling components that ensure excellent image quality and rich, saturated color. The on-board fixation unit is a true calender, …

Increased automation for cutting and sewing

Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, is working with the sportswear manufacturer adidas Group and other partners on a project to increase automation in the production of textiles. The project, known as SPEEDFACTORY, aims to combine the capabilities of humans and machines with the goal of creating a prototype in which people and robots work …

Costing software

Newly redesigned Quick TruCost™ costing software allows design, development, sourcing and production teams to quickly and accurately predict labor costs by answering 8 to 12 simple questions about a product’s components and construction. Saving time and reducing costly errors, the software helps manufacturers, brands and vertical retailers reduce costing time by up to 90 percent, …

Textile testing mobile lab

Intertek of Mumbai, India, has launched Indati, the first-ever mobile textile-testing lab. The lab-on-wheels brings the testing equipment right to the user, making textile testing convenient and cost efficient. It’s recommended for retailers, brands and manufacturers of adult apparel, children’s apparel, fashion accessories and household textiles. With Indati, ensuring that textile products meet safety, regulatory, …

Shop Floor Control

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, …