Passion and pride

March 1, 2022  |  Features, Perspective

You may not have heard of Taiyo Kogyo Corp., based in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, but you probably have a tangential relationship with the company through one of its 37 subsidiaries spread across 13 countries. Or maybe you’ve seen one of its hundreds of fabric structure projects around the world. Foun…
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Growing shade

March 1, 2022  |  Features

The saying “sunshine is the best medicine” can be traced to public health pioneer Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), who observed the healing benefits of fresh air and direct sunlight in her patients. Since then, taking in the sun’s rays has been prescribed for a myriad of ailments, from skin r…
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Getting their game on

March 1, 2022  |  Features

It’s no longer enough for athleticwear to look good and be comfortable. Instead, athletes increasingly have higher expectations of their garments, looking for multifunctional wearables with enhanced properties that can actually help improve their performance, in some cases delivering that all-impo…
Exceeding expectations

February 1, 2022  |  Features, Perspective

Shari Albertson is vice president of sales at Austin Canvas & Awning, a commercial and residential awning manufacturer and installer in Charlotte, N.C. She has over 15 years of awning sales experience and is the qualifying representative for the company’s general contractor’s licenses in Nor…
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The shape of safety

February 1, 2022  |  Features

Fit and function cannot be separated when it comes to protective clothing—and yet for years, anyone who didn’t possess a “typical” male body-type standard needed to make do if they wanted to work in fields that rely on wearing protective clothing. For the most part, women who wanted to work …
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Cutting through the fabric ceiling

February 1, 2022  |  Features

Faith Roberts, Ltm, MFC, IFM, owner of Ham Lake, Minn.-based Banner Canvas, can think of several examples of gender-based discrimination she’s encountered over her 40-year career.
Growth path

January 1, 2022  |  Features, Perspective

Like many textile entrepreneurs, Amy Bircher got her start in the industry in a family business—even as she blazed her own path.
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Anybody out there?

January 1, 2022  |  Features

The pandemic may be loosening its stranglehold in many parts of the U.S. but its effects are still being felt across the country in the form of supply issues, logistic and transportation challenges, and labor shortages. The latter may be the most vexing of all for business owners who see the jobs co…
Finding balance

January 1, 2022  |  Features

There’s always challenges to running a successful business—keeping a step ahead of the competition, anticipating the changing needs of the customer, paying attention to the financials.
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Showroom showdown

December 1, 2021  |  Features

Whether it’s online or brick and mortar, a well-conceived product showroom can make a substantial difference in how customers perceive your company and its offerings. Strategic improvements in both can help your clients better understand their choices and smooth your way toward easier, more profit…