Inflatables grab the attention of the rental market

March 1st, 2020

By Pamela Mills-Senn It’s all about “Instagrammable” moments. Event producers are under increasing pressure to design photo-worthy experiences that get clicks and shares. Within that environment, inflatable structures offer a way for tent and event rental companies to provide their clients with unique inventory that attracts a crowd, while standing out from the competition.  Sean […]

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Richard Seaman on sustaining a family business

March 1st, 2020

By Rebecca Post An urgency runs through the pages of Richard Seaman’s book A Vibrant Vision: The Entrepreneurship of Multigenerational Family Business. That urgency stems from Seaman’s understanding that few family businesses survive beyond a third generation. Seaman, the chairman and former CEO of Wooster, Ohio-based Seaman Corp., offers a model to family-owned businesses for […]

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New standard makes protective apparel safer

March 1st, 2020

by Glenna B. Musante Improving safety apparel for workers operating in hazardous situations is a constant focus of the textile industry, but it is a task not always easily accomplished. Hazardous materials professionals can be exposed to any number of chemical, biological and flammable materials in the same environment, according to The Institute of Hazardous […]

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Seven steps to take your fabrics business to the next level

March 1st, 2020

by Sigrid Tornquist Building a business takes more than a good idea and an interested customer base. It takes planning, investment, a skilled workforce—and a healthy dose of industry knowledge. Got a plan?  Rick Ludolph, founder and president of boutique specialty fabrics consulting firm Productive Solutions LLC in Marietta, Ga., has spent more than 40 […]

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Custom inflatables are blowing up

March 1st, 2020

Inflatables are in demand, thanks to advanced technologies that create higher quality products and new applications. by Jeff Moravec There was a time when consumers viewed inflatable products as bargain-basement cousins to rigid objects. Think of the air mattress rolled out on the bedroom floor for a middle-school sleepover or the discount-store blow-up swimming pool […]

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Bob Grambsch leads Canvas Replacements in making new canvas tent tops for old pop-up camper trailers.

March 1st, 2020

by Jill C. Lafferty We bring over 65 years of knowledge and experience to a growing and changing industry,” says Bob Grambsch, president of Canvas Replacements/Camper & Recreation Inc., a Loyal, Wis.-based manufacturer of replacement canvas tent tops for pop-up campers. “My dad had been building camping trailers since 1957. I was about eight years […]

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An exosuit for any gait

March 1st, 2020

The wearable exosuit is lightweight, nonrestrictive and allows the user to move naturally. It may one day be available to aid walking and running in all kinds of situations. Photo: Wyss Institute at Harvard University. When walking, a person’s center of mass is like a pendulum that is highest at midstance, when the leg is […]

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Technical textiles go bananas

March 1st, 2020

Sustainable, smart and fashionable bags are sourced from banana trees instead of synthetic textiles that can be environmentally harmful. Photos: QWSTION. When designing a more sustainable future, sometimes the solution lies in unexpected places. That’s the idea behind Bananatex®, a durable, waterproof fabric made from banana plants.  The textile is derived from Abacá, also known […]

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Arc de Triomphe: it’s a wrap

March 1st, 2020

From Sept. 19 to Oct. 4, 2020, the Arc de Triomphe will be transformed by the artist Christo. Photos: André Grossmann; © 2019 Christo. Christo, the artist known for environmental art installations, is returning to Paris for an exciting new project, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris, Place de l’Étoile-Charles de Gaulle). The idea […]

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From Bauhaus to your house

March 1st, 2020

Bauhaus designers Gunta Stölzl and Anni Albers were masters of composition whose geometric designs are on trend in 2020. Photos: TOP: Gunta Stölzl: Design for a Wallhanging,” ca. 1920–1926; Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London watercolor, pencil, ink, Gouache. © Stölzl Estate. BOTTOM: Designtex. The Bauhaus was an art school founded in Germany in […]

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