Durability inside and out

December 1, 2015

Ultrafabrics’ Indoor/Outdoor collection offers 40 colors of polyurethane upholstery fabric in four collections: Cora, Brisa®, Brisa® Distressed and Promessa. Greenguard certified and designed for maximum durability, the fabrics feature solar endurance properties that withstand extended periods of direct sunlight exposure without fading or spotting, and climate control technology that protects against temperature change. Other properties …

The age of automation

Sewn or sealed, automation is trending as U.S. companies strive to increase efficiency and decrease costs. The art of sewing textiles is lacking in U.S. manufacturing as lower-cost labor in Asia has helped meet consumer demands for competitive retail prices. But automation technology is slowly advancing, helping companies bring production costs down while keeping quality …

Advantage, shade, for 2015 U.S. Open

Every year, the best tennis players in the world congregate at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, N.Y., to play and watch the U.S. Open, one of the legendary four Grand Slam tournaments that have made Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic household names. The weather in late August and early September varies considerably, but with …

Inventing the game

The Last Word Inventing the game Sy Hyman, company founder and retired CEO of Herculite®, is a long-time member of IFAI and became an Honored Life Member in 2014. He shared with us some insights about the challenges of marketing laminated synthetics with a start-up company when no market existed: about learning from customers, production …

Custom hammocks charm chimps

When your natural setting is Africa, an enclosure in the St. Louis Zoological Garden probably gets a little predictable. So the staff at the St. Louis Zoo considered how to jazz up the chimpanzee exhibit and decided that hammock swings might get the place rocking. Zoo officials went to Lawrence Fabric and Metal Structures Inc., …

Turning green

The University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels battled the Fighting Illini September 19 in a Kenan Stadium awash with lime green T-shirts, rally towels, cheerleader togs and dance team costumes; even the Tar Heel mascot, Rameses, wore a lime green jersey. The fabric greenery in the scenery was made from Repreve® recycled fiber, manufactured …