ARA awards outstanding service

December 31, 2018

The American Rental Association (ARA) presented its annual awards to individuals for outstanding service to the association and the rental industry. Frederick Dupy, president of American Party Rental in Austin, Texas, was honored with the the Distinguished Service Award; Leon Kothmann, Leon Kothmann Insurance Agency, Arlington, Texas, received the Meritorious Service Award; Rick Long, president …

Wear2wear makes “Green Deal”

December 28, 2018

At the Expoprotection Paris exhibition in November 2018, Wear2wear presented an initiative aimed at establishing closed-loop textile recycling across national European boundaries and economies. Through intermediary Sympatex, the European textile partnership will collaborate with an association comprising the French government, industry and agencies to develop synergies between Wear2wear and FRIVEP (Filière pour le Réemploi et Recyclage …

Eastman certified ISO 9001:2015

December 26, 2018

Eastman Machine Company, Buffalo, N.Y., was certified under ISO 9001:2015 standards by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The certification is a new achievement for the 130-year old manufacturer, and it better positions the company to serve its global customer base. Eastman’s internal quality policy has been documented to solidify the company’s commitment to continuously …

Rental revenue to exceed $71 billion

December 24, 2018

The American Rental Association (ARA) five-year forecast projects that equipment and event rental revenues in North America will surpass $71.7 billion in 2022, including $65.4 billion in the U.S. and $6.3 billion in Canada. The latest quarterly forecast again projects greater revenue gains than the previous forecast released in late May for each year from …

Beverly Knits expands operations

December 21, 2018

Beverly Knits Inc., Gastonia, N.C., has expanded its manufacturing footprint with a new finishing division. Commission finishing will be available through the new company, Altus Finishing LLC, which will offer finishing services for the bedding, industrial and apparel markets. Services will include dyeing, heat-setting, tumbling, shearing and specialty coatings. The new division will complement the …

Amada Miyachi America expands Detroit facility

December 20, 2018

Amada Miyachi America, a manufacturer of resistance welding, laser welding, marking, cutting, and micro machining equipment and systems, has expanded and enhanced its Detroit technical center. The updated facility features 5,500 square feet of laboratory space devoted to application development services for welding, marking, ablation, scribing and texturing of metals and plastics. Also on site …

Copland Industries to close

December 19, 2018

Copland Industries, a Burlington, N.C., textile manufacturer, will close at the end of 2018. The company, which has operated for 77 years, citied competition in the form of less expensive fabrics from China and increasing costs as reasons for the closure. Copland has paid its 200 employees through the end of the year and will …

BeBop Sensors win IDTechEx award

December 18, 2018

BeBop Sensors, Berkeley, Calif., won the IDTechEx Wearable USA 2018 Awards–Best New Material Award for its wearable fabric sensor technology. With over two million units shipped, BeBop’s fabric sensors comprehend force, location, size, weight, bend, twist, and presence across any size, resolution and geometry to make things “knowable.” They are used in a wide variety …

In memoriam: Curtis C. Crawford

December 17, 2018

Curtis C. Crawford passed away on December 11, 2018, at age 86. Crawford was director of operations for Precision Dynamics and became an independent management consultant upon retirement. He served on the IFAI board of directors from 1987-1993 as director, and again from 1997-2001 as first and second vice chair. Crawford was recognized as an …

TRD Steering Committee director Tom Markel dies

December 14, 2018

IFAI Outstanding Volunteer Award recipient Thomas “Tom” Markel passed away Dec. 12. Owner of Bravo Events Expos Displays of Buffalo, N.Y., Markel was honored with the volunteer award in 2014 for his contributions to the Tent Rental Division (TRD) code committee. As a TRD steering committee director and chair of the TRD code committee, Markel …