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 …

Advanced nonwovens conference

The fourth Conference on Nonwovens for High-performance Applications, organized by International Newsletters Ltd., took place in Cannes, France, in October 2018. The event gave participants the opportunity to meet and discuss many areas of the emerging high-performance end of the nonwovens industry. Attendees heard about the way in which technology is creating new markets with …

Strong economy predicted

December 13, 2018

The U.S. economy is expected to stay strong according to a survey of corporate sales executives participating in a recent study commissioned by the Manufacturers’ Agents National Association. In the study, 78 percent said they were “very optimistic” or “somewhat optimistic.” Less than half of manufacturer sales executives expect increased sales to trigger any increase …

Simmons joins Columbia board

December 12, 2018

The board of directors of Columbia Sportswear Co. elected Sabrina Simmons to serve as a director and member of the nominating and corporate governance and compensation committees effective immediately. The board intends to nominate Simmons for election by the company’s shareholders to a full term as a board member at the company’s 2019 annual meeting …

Coated fabrics market growth

December 11, 2018

The ResearchAndMarkets.com report “Coated Fabrics Market by Product (Polymer, Rubber and Fabric-backed wall coverings), Application (Transportation, Protective Clothing, Industrial, Awnings, Roofing and Canopies, Furniture & Seating) and Region – Global Forecast to 2023” is now available. It details the growth rate of the global coated fabrics market, which is expected to grow from $23.93 billion …

Zund to open new headquarters

December 10, 2018

Zund America Inc. held a groundbreaking for their new North American headquarters being constructed at Drexel Town Square in Oak Creek, Wis. The 50,000-square-foot space will include offices as well as spaces for product display, customer and employee training, and warehousing for its product and miscellaneous materials that support the installation and servicing of Zund …

NCTO endorses U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

December 7, 2018

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) board of directors has endorsed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), according to a December 6th press release. The United States, Canada and Mexico signed the USMCA November 30. NCTO is a Washington, D.C. trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, including artificial and synthetic filament and fiber producers. According …

Sonoco completes acquisition

Sonoco has completed the acquisition of the remaining 70 percent interest in the joint venture of Conitex Sonoco, a vertically integrated manufacturer of paper-based cones and tubes used in the textile industry. The joint venture was formed in 1998 between Texpack Inc., a Spain-based global provider of paper-based packaging products, and Sonoco’s former North America …

Olympic Tent welcomes Linc Aldershof as its national sales manager

December 6, 2018

  Tent manufacturer Olympic Tent, Tacoma, Wash., has hired Linc Aldershof as national sales manager. Aldershof brings 43 years of experience in the tent and industrial fabric industry to Olympic Tent. He will be responsible for developing new business relationships, promoting products and overseeing the sales team. Aldershof is an accomplished sales professional with a …

Bowman, Fredrickson, Loyzelle join Sattler

Ryan Bowman has been named sales manager, casual furniture division at the Outdura Casual Furniture Division of Sattler Corp. As sales manager, Bowman will serve in a key role for the Outdura sales organization. Steve Fredrickson has been named Sattler sales director, awning and marine division. Previously Fredrickson was with Serge Ferrari as the sales …