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Tenting for the pandemic

December 1, 2020  |  Feature

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the tent industry finds new ways to survive. by Jeff Moravec There are all manner of seasonal ebbs and flows in the tent rental industry, but perhaps none as anticipated as the annual ramp-up to spring, summer and fall events. Staff is hired, inventory is refreshed and …
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Initiatives in textile recycling

November 1, 2020  |  Feature

Circular systems could monetize textile waste while helping to save the planet. by Debra Cobb The textile sustainability landscape is changing. While textile manufacturers, brands and retailers tout their use of recycled or sustainable fibers, mountains of textile waste continue to pile up in the wo…
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Efficient solutions for tarp and truck cover manufacturers

November 1, 2020  |  Feature

Tarp and truck cover manufacturers look to new equipment, employee input and supplier partnerships for more efficient production.  by Carol Brzozowski Good economic times or bad, businesses always have the goal of increasing profit. Even during times of economic uncertainty, companies strive fo…
Carolyn Hajek on staying small and strong

November 1, 2020  |  Feature, Perspective

Pride City Awning & Canvas founder Carolyn Hajek has built her business on trust and loyalty. by Laurie F. Junker  The successful formula for Pride City Awning & Canvas is the application of a simple principle—treat customers, suppliers and employees with honesty, fairness and loyalty…
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The great escape: textile products for the outdoors

November 1, 2020  |  Feature

As more people embrace outdoor recreational activities during the pandemic, textiles and fabric products are in high demand.  by  Pamela Mills-Senn After months spent hunkered down at home because of the pandemic, people have become restive. They want to participate in life again, yet stil…
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The specialty textiles market copes with COVID-19

October 1, 2020  |  Feature

While some industry suppliers and end product manufacturers have found ways to remain afloat, the economic effects of the pandemic have proven devastating to many, and the future can only be described as uncertain. by Pamela Mills-Senn The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the overall economy, and …
John Delaloye: Innovating for the end user

October 1, 2020  |  Feature, Perspective

John Delaloye combines Diamond Brand Gear’s history and reputation with a strategy that focuses on doing what lower-priced competitors can’t.  by Michelle Miron I get really pumped about new products, new fabrics, and when we learn from something we’ve researched or read about or seen somewhe…
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In search of the next generation of military textiles

October 1, 2020  |  Feature

The U.S. military continues the hunt for breakthrough textile products. by Glenna B. Musante In March of 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic began sweeping the globe, the search for vast amounts of textile personal protective equipment (PPE) became a major focus of the United States government and its mi…
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Tent rental companies elevate their portfolio with tough installations

September 1, 2020  |  Feature

Tent rental companies confront challenges—and reap rewards—when they say yes to complex installations. by Pamela Mills-Senn In the tent rental industry, a willingness to tackle tough installations requires steely nerves, can-do attitudes, experienced and talented crews and lots of planning. But …
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Smart textile and e-textile solutions for indoor environments

September 1, 2020  |  Feature

Technology and fabric advancements are fueling the development of smart textile and e-textile solutions for indoor environments.  by Pamela Mills-Senn As the quest to add more functionality to interior spaces continues, smart fabrics and e-textiles are poised to make their own contributions, se…