New Rental Hall of Fame inductees

December 29, 2016

Two industry veterans are slated to become the newest inductees into the American Rental Association Rental Hall of Fame. Art Moore, the founder of Snorkel, and Spencer Etzel, a visionary in tent rental now with Rainier, will be formally inducted during a ceremony at The Rental Show® on Feb. 27. Art Moore founded Snorkel Fire …

Conant named ARA CEO

December 28, 2016

Tony Conant has been named executive vice president/CEO of the American Rental Association (ARA) by the organization’s board of directors. He succeeded Christine Wehrman, who retired after 16 years with the association. Conant most recently served as chief operating officer at the Institute for Supply Management where he was responsible for enabling operational excellence across …

Eco-friendly wearable electronics

December 27, 2016

Researchers at the Cambridge Graphene Centre at the University of Cambridge and scientists at Jiangnan University, China, are developing more environmentally-friendly conductive textiles using graphene-based inks on cotton. The researchers created inks of chemically modified graphene flakes that are more adhesive to cotton fibers, similar to the way cotton holds colored dye. Most of the …

Noonan named OMNOVA CEO

December 23, 2016

OMNOVA, Beechwood, Ohio, has named Anne P. Noonan president and CEO. Ms. Noonan succeeds Kevin M. McMullen who stepped down as chairman, CEO, president and member of the board of directors. Ms. Noonan will also be appointed to the board of directors. In connection with this leadership transition, the board has determined to separate the …

SPESA elects new leadership

December 22, 2016

The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) elected new leadership to two-year terms at its annual executive conference in San Antonio in November. Sam Simpson, vice president of Gerber Technology was named chairman. Nina McCormack, vice president and CFO of DAP America, Inc. was named vice chairman. Secretary/treasurer is Ed Gribbin, president …

Specialty Fabrics Showcase 2017

December 21, 2016

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS The April and May 2017 issues of Specialty Fabrics Review magazine will include our special annual showcase of our contributors’ latest high-performance fabrics, for end products ranging from awnings, canopies and tents to medical, military and aerospace products. If you’re an end-product manufacturer, watch for this special feature in our spring 2017 …

Lenzing first in sustainable wood sourcing

The Lenzing Group, Lenzing, Austria, was rated number one worldwide for the procurement of wood, the key raw material in cellulose fiber production. The ranking was compiled by the Canadian non-profit environmental organization Canopy Planet Society, which cooperates with 68 leading retail brands in the textile industry and evaluates sustainable sourcing processes. Canopy assessed the …

Outdura hires new design manager

December 20, 2016

Outdura is pleased to introduce Gloria Tsocos as the company’s design manager. Gloria joined the company in 2015 in its contract fabric division. She began her career as a fabric designer in the home furnishing and hospitality markets,and over the years specialized in indoor and outdoor upholstery fabrics. She served as a Professor at the …

Leigh Delaware Holdings launches SmartVista

Leigh Delaware Holdings, the Welford, S.C., parent company of Leigh Fibers and ICE Recycling, has launched SmartVista LLC, a company that will develop new products and engineered solutions by repurposing materials that would otherwise be sent to landfills. The company’s first products are focused on sorbents for spill remediation. New products and services will be …

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Built for comfort, durability, and safety

December 19, 2016

Fabric manufacturers and upholsterers balance traveler and commuter requirements. Whether for business or for pleasure, people are always on the go. More than 121 million U.S. workers are employed full time, according to 2015 statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor. To reach their work destinations, 85 percent of these workers commute in automobiles, and …