Minnesota Knitting Mills announces future ownership plans

May 31, 2016

Harold (Bunny) Kuller, owner and chairman of the board of Minnesota Knitting Mills, has announced long term ownership plans for the Mendota Heights, Minn.-based knit manufacturing company. Wade R. Kytola, current vice president and member of the board of directors, will become an increasing stakeholder of MKM. Kytola has been with the company for more …

BeBop Sensors named in Gartner report

May 27, 2016

BeBop Sensors Inc., a Berkeley, Calif.-based developer of smart fabric sensor technology, has been included in Gartner Inc.’s list of “Cool Vendors” in the “Cool Vendors in Using IoT-Enabled Humans Instead of Robots, 2016.” Vendors selected for Gartner’s report are innovative, impactful and intriguing. According to Michele Reitz, lead author and analyst at Gartner, “Robots …

Teijin’s CFRTP obtains ISO/TS 16949 accreditation

May 26, 2016

Tokyo, Japan-based Teijin Limited announced that its Teijin Composites Innovation Center (TCIC) has obtained ESO/TS 16949 accreditation of requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2008 for automotive production and service part organizations. TCIC is an R&D and mass-production plant of Sereebo™, Teijin’s technology for mass producing carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP). ISO/TS 16949 defines quality …

WRAPSCON 2016

May 25, 2016

National Business Media, producers of WRAPS magazine, Sign & Digital Graphics magazine and THE NBM B.I.G. SHOW, presents WRAPSCON June 2–4 at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The event will feature graphics installers and manufacturers and distributors in the business. Event sponsors and topics covered include: Mutoh America: tips …

Bauer joins APV Engineered Coatings

May 24, 2016

APV Engineered Coatings hired Lon Bauer as product development manager. Bauer will be responsible for developing new coatings for flexible films and textiles, including development on the company’s VYNGUARD® line of premium high-performance coatings. Bauer’s background includes more than 25 years in the chemical industry with more than 20 years in the coatings industry. He …

2016 Exhibitor Product Preview: Call for entries

May 23, 2016

IFAI Expo Exhibitors: Tell us about the products and services you’ll be exhibiting at IFAI Expo 2016. Product descriptions are featured in the August issue of Specialty Fabrics Review. The August issue of Specialty Fabrics Review will include an advance look at new products and services to be exhibited at IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, …

ARA Foundation donates to Canadian Red Cross

In response to the wildfires sweeping through Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, the American Rental Association (ARA) Foundation has donated $3,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to assist in relief efforts for affected families, businesses and communities. The donation is a part of the Disaster Matching Funds Program and matches a donation previously made by the …

Aurora hires new sales and management staff

May 20, 2016

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc., Yorkville, Ill., recently invested in a new U.S. manufacturing textile plant and its new hires reflect the company’s expansion as it adds new capabilities and enters new markets. John Schuster, a former Business Unit Director for GMT, has been named director of plant operations. Schuster will have responsibility for manufacturing, …

Webinar: How to hit the profit zone

May 19, 2016

As an IFAI member-exclusive benefit, the Tarp Association will host a breakeven analysis webinar on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. CDT. Knowing when you are above the breakeven point is essential to keep the boat afloat. Join business coach, author and CEO Ralph White on for a webinar that will help you …

Memoriam: Michael Funk

May 18, 2016

Michael Funk, of Montgomery, Ill., died unexpectedly from heart failure on May 14, 2016, at Rush Copley Medical Center. He worked for Glen Raven/Sunbrella in sales for the last 30 years. Michael is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Patti, his daughter Jennifer (fiancé Kristoffer Hinchley), his brothers David (Karen) Funk and James …