Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

October 31, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week its call for nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product that protects public health and the environment. The deadline is December 31, 2016. “Green chemistry innovations couple scientific brilliance with the entrepreneurial …

Scheduled Evolution

Eric Heischmidt approaches project management with flexibility and an architect’s eye for precision. “Project management means planning ahead,” says Eric Heischmidt, senior project manager, Arizon Structures, St. Louis, Mo. “But more than anything it means being prepared to be flexible, because every project is an evolution. Things change, and you need to react to those …

IFAI Expo 2016 closes successful show with near-record attendance

IFAI Expo 2016, the textile industry’s show of record, attracted 5,023 participants to the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., from Oct. 18-21. IFAI Expo is the largest display of specialty fabrics and technical textiles in the Americas. Attendees were treated to four days of product demonstrations, education, networking, exhibits and awards recognizing industry achievement. “We …

FRX Polymers’ Nofia Flame Retardants obtain accreditation from Oeko-Tex Association

October 28, 2016

Several Nofia flame–retardant grades from Chelmsford, Mass.-based FRX Polymers Inc., a producer of polymeric, halogen-free flame retardant solutions, have earned accreditation by the Oeko-Tex Association. The Oeko-Tex association is an international association of independent research and testing institutes focused on enhancing both product safety and sustainable production in the textile industry. FRX Polymers’ Nofia OL1001, …

Marlen Textiles adds distributor

October 26, 2016

Marlen Textiles, a New Haven, Mo.-based manufacturer of outdoor textiles, announced that Action Upholstery Supply will be a full line distributor of their products. Action Upholstery Supply, Sarasota, Fla., was established in 1987 and has grown into a nationwide distributor serving marine fabricators with top quality products. Stock, in a variety of colors of the …

HTS Clearspan Structure Systems sales team grows

October 25, 2016

HTS Clearspan Structure Systems expanded its sales team. Now located in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla., two new sales managers have been added. Victor Manzano will be the sales manager for the US Mid-states and Canada. He brings more than 20 years of event industry experience to his new role. Dan DeLeo will be the sales manger for …

Marc Shellshear joins Value Vinyls

October 24, 2016

Grand Prairie, Texas-based Value Vinyls, a provider of  industrial and structure fabrics, welcomed Marc Shellshear as its new director of sales—structure fabrics. Shellshear brings more than 20 years of expertise in the specialty textiles, architectural, engineering and construction industries to his new role. Previously, he was vice president of commercial sales at Gale Pacific Inc. …

State of the Makers, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

October 21, 2016

Mary Hennessy, president of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), and Tatjana Hutnyak, board chair of The Makers Coalition (TMC), led a session on the show floor at IFAI Expo 2016 to talk with show participants about IFAI’s Makers Division, which is working in partnership with TMC to address an acute industry problem—the shortage of …

IFAI Expo 2016: Show Stopper winners

Thursday morning at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year—including the 2016 winners of the Show Stopper program, recognizing the most innovative new products in the exhibit hall. Thomson Research Associates was recognized for Ultra-Fresh DM-25 in the category of chemicals, coatings and compounds. Fenetex won for its Adjustable Tracks for …

Details count when submitting government bids

Teresa Bouchonnet knows a lot about doing business with the U.S. government. Bouchonnet is a retired U.S. Air Force major and former warranted contracting officer with the military. She is now a consultant for commercial manufacturers, and she shared her expertise Oct. 20 at the IFAI 2016 Expo in Charlotte, N.C. For businesses interested in …