Change in ARA Insurance leadership

January 23, 2020

Phil Kelling, president and CEO of American Rental Association (ARA) Insurance, located in Kansas City, Mo., has announced his plan to retire effective Feb. 29, 2020. John Kennedy, CPA, CPL and current ARA Insurance CFO, who joined ARA Insurance in 2017, will assume the role following Kelling’s departure. Kelling has been with ARA Insurance since …

Gerber opens innovation center

Gerber Technology has opened its Gerber Innovation Center in the heart of New York City. The 18,000-plus square foot space will provide visitors with a unique experience that will help them stay connected to the latest trends and technology in fashion and apparel, as well as flexible material processing. In addition to the end-to-end experience, …

NexGen™ fabric technology: an alternative to PVC vinyl bedding products

January 22, 2020

Seam Seal International, a leading producer of bedding protection products, has introduced a patented, environmentally conscious mattress protector that provides an alternative to PVC vinyl products. Called NexGen™, the innovative new product is now available at major retail stores, with online sales set to launch in spring 2020. Besides providing a full range of hypoallergenic …

In the news: Global Impex internships offer hands-on training to Minnesota students

With workforce issues and the need for skilled employees taking over headlines, there’s a St. Cloud company giving students substantial roles in running a business. Global Impex USA, a textile business started two years ago by Kingshuk (King) Mukherjee, allows students to work on their own time—making sales calls, handling shipping orders and other practical, …

Industry veteran Steve Toth retires

After 36 years in the textile industry Steve Toth will be retiring from his position at Ennis Fabrics as regional sales manager, specialty division. Over his career, Toth has served on the board for numerous industry associations. Currently, Toth is a director on IFAI’s PAMA board. “From the beginning, Steve’s customer service philosophy and values …

Service Thread appoints Todd

Service Thread, an advanced manufacturer of engineered technical yarns and industrial sewing threads, announces that Sam M. Butler III has appointed Jay Todd as the new chief executive officer. Butler, his colleague and close acquaintance and former chief executive officer of the company will continue as the chairman of the board of directors of the …

Elevate Textiles commits to sustainability

Elevate Textiles has made a commitment to achieve sustainability targets by the year 2025 across its portfolio brands including American & Efird, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann and Safety Components. The company’s 2025 goals include using at least 80 percent sustainably sourced cotton and 50 percent recycled polyester content to produce its products. It will also …

Jeff Nichols promoted to operations supervisor for Dunlap’s U.S. Thread division

January 21, 2020

Dunlap Industries Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Nichols to operations supervisor for its US Thread division. Nichols has worked with US Thread the past 12 years, plus several years part-time during his high school years. He has been an integral part of the company and has performed a variety of responsibilities, …

BAT opens powder coating plant

BAT has inaugurated a new powder coating plant in its Noventa di Piave, Italy, factory. Equipped with the most modern methods of process control, the new plant ensures the enhancement of the products’ qualitative features and limits the risk of environmental pollution. The plant, in which aluminum or galvanized-iron products will be treated, is equipped …

YKK wins U.S. Good Design® Award

QuickFree®, a zipper developed by YKK, has been recognized in the “Personal” category of the 2019 Good Design® Awards. Founded in Chicago in 1950 and presented each year by The Chicago Athenaeum, the award is considered the oldest and most prestigious global awards program for design excellence and design innovation. The award honors both products …