Back to shore

January 1, 2016

Jeff Schmitt balances the reality of off-shore manufacturing with how to bring production back to the U.S. “At the end of the day we’ve got to figure out ways to be competitive,” says Jeff Schmitt, senior vice president of operations for The Coleman Company Inc., Golden, Colo. “As the person responsible for both the U.S. …

Reaching for the stars

Durham’s Infinite Air extreme trampoline park gets a jump on the competition. Rubb Buildings Ltd., Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, U.K., helped bring Infinite Air extreme trampoline park and freerunning facility to life at Durham’s Soccarena, New Ferens Park. The £600,000, 35,000 sq. ft. centre officially opened its doors in July 2015 and welcomed visitors to …

A glaring need for temperature control

Ten years ago, Sotheby’s International Realty was looking to update what was a tired-looking commercial building in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. The stucco and single pane glass design, constructed in 1963, was sorely outdated. It was also far from energy efficient, making the 30,000-square-foot building an uncomfortable place to work. The south side was always …

Of tents and integrity

Gary Feuerborn, vice president of All Seasons Event Rental, Kansas City, Kan., began working with the owners of the company in 1982 as a way to work his way through college. After graduation, he went into business with his cousin, but in 1997, he returned as general manager to All Seasons—which manufactures party tents, rental …

Flying splice tape

ARclad® 0082 splicing tape for bonding low surface energy films and other substrates in high-speed applications is an 8-mil, double-faced tape featuring a high-performance, rubber-based adhesive coated onto a conformable paper carrier. The tape’s blue color allows for easy splice detection and is recommended for splicing low- and high-density polyethylene films, polycoated films, foils and …

A flag with a tale to tell

A nation’s flag is not a static symbol. As the United States of America added states to the union, the number of stars increased. The break-up of the Soviet Union into member nations revived a number of flags. However, Nadeem Haidary, an independent graphic designer, wondered whether a flag could represent a nation and provide …

R&D for everyone

Gaston College Textile Technology Center offers its equipment and expertise for hire. Autocoro, MDTA Rotorring, Spectraflash, Statimat. If you don’t have one of these, know how to operate one or even know what it does, don’t feel bad. That’s why there’s a place like Gaston College Textile Technology Center in Belmont, N.C. The facility has …