Tips for building a strong management team

July 14, 2016

Training staff to be empowered, involved and empathetic means success in the present and in the future. Although it was years away—10 to be exact—from when Jerry Grimaud, president of Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc., St. Louis, Mo., became the company’s sole owner in 2005, he didn’t waste any time considering an exit plan. …

Futureguard partners with Draper

July 13, 2016

Futureguard Building Products Inc., an Auburn, Maine, manufacturer and distributor of retractable and aluminum awning products, has teamed up with Draper Inc. to add retractable solar and insect screens to its dealer offerings. According to Ed Keough, Futureguard’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, “The Draper product line of exterior zip retention shades is a perfect fit …

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Revealing the romance of sailcloth tents

Trendspotting online shows tent renters and manufacturers what brides are looking for. If you want to know what’s trending in fashionable apparel, look to Paris, France. If you want to know what’s trending in automotive design, look to Torino, Italy. If you want to know what’s trending in cuisine, look on either coast of the …

Changes in denim sourcing

July 12, 2016

According to a report by the International Trade Administration’s Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), denim brands and retailers made marked changes in sourcing in the first quarter of 2016. Denim imports from China were 24.6 percent of the total for the period, down from 24.9 percent a year ago. Imports from Mexico fell from 30 percent of …

Delaney joins Auburn Manufacturing

July 11, 2016

Auburn Manufacturing Inc., a Mechanic Falls, Maine, producer of high-performance textiles for extreme temperature protection, has named Matt Delaney to its business development team. Delaney will focus on building the company’s customer base throughout New England with its Ever Green® modular insulation kits. Delaney brings more than 30 years of sales experience to the position, having represented a number …

India anticipates Free Trade Agreement

July 8, 2016

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and the European Union (EU) is expected to be signed given the fact that the dialogue between the two entities has been revived, according to Rashmi Verma, secretary of India’s Ministry of Textiles. Verma also hinted at taking steps to get an FTA with the U.S. ratified as well. Apparel exporters …

Honduras seeks to be more sustainable

July 7, 2016

The government of Honduras is investing $3.4 billion to make its textiles sector more sustainable. The money will be used to improve infrastructure, provide training programs, address energy sector issues and reduce environmental impacts. $1.6 billion will be set aside for the textile industry to invest in new equipment and technology. Better working conditions for …

Casey joins Rose Brand

July 6, 2016

Bob Casey, a long time veteran of the entertainment industry, has joined Rose Brand at the company’s new Florida location. Rose Brand, a provider of theatrical fabrics, custom stage drapery, custom sewn creations and production supplies for the entertainment industry, recently expanded its operations to the Orlando area with the purchase of Swag Decor, Florida’s …

American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act is law

July 5, 2016

The U.S. Senate passed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 by unanimous consent, following the passage of an identical bill by the House of Representatives (H.R. 4923). President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on May 20. Endorsed by the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), the legislation reforms the process by which …