Cappo joins Armor Express

August 17, 2018

Central Lake Armor Express Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, has appointed industry veteran Frank Cappo to vice president of sales. Cappo has a nearly 20-year career in the body armor, protective solutions and public safety industry. Most recently, he served as vice president of public safety sales for 5.11 Tactical, …

Cotton technology group formed

August 16, 2018

The Seam, a provider of agribusiness software and trading solutions, has formed the Cotton Technology Alliance in cooperation with the American Cotton Shippers Association, National Cotton Council and International Cotton Association. The organization’s current focus is on data standards, which will have a positive impact on all sectors of the cotton industry. The Alliance will …

NCTO applauds 301 tariffs

August 15, 2018

The National Council of Textile Organization’s (NCTO) praised the Trump administration’s Section 301 tariffs on China in response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of American technology and intellectual property. NCTO also called on the Trump administration to include finished textile and apparel products on any future lists of imports from …

Yarn and fabric production decreases

August 14, 2018

Global yarn production decreased by 23 percent between Q3/17 and Q4/17, according to a report by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation. Output reductions in Brazil (-23 percent), Asia (-14 percent) and the U.S. (-4 percent) balanced out the increase in Africa (+12 percent) and Europe (+15 percent). Global fabric production decreased from Q3/17 to Q4/17 …

U.S. Department of Commerce invests in textile facility

August 13, 2018

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration is awarding a $1 million grant to the Partnership for Community Action of Albuquerque, N.M., to construct the Social Enterprise Center, a new manufacturing and training facility. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 43 new jobs and support local workforce training. This investment …

A&R Tarpaulins employee Jessica Gunawan honored at 30 Under 30 Award Ceremony

August 10, 2018

On Saturday, July 28th, the second annual 30 Under 30 Award Ceremony and Art Showcase took place at Court Street Square in San Bernardino, Calif. The ceremony, hosted by Assembly member Eloise Gómez Reyes, brings together 30 hardworking men and women who are under the age of 30, and who exemplify dedication, innovation and service …

Industrial Fabrics Association International Endorses APPI Energy

Industrial Fabrics Association International announced their endorsement of consulting firm APPI Energy to provide electricity and natural gas cost management and reduction services for their members. With APPI Energy’s member benefit, IFAI members will receive expert recommendations, cost reduction opportunities, and budget certainty through competitive procurement and fixed, all-inclusive energy contracts. “Every day, APPI Energy …

Eastman and ExactFlat collaboration promotes 100 percent digital workflow

August 9, 2018

Eastman Machine Company, a provider of cutting machine technologies, and ExactFlat, a provider of 3D to 2D digital patterning software, have announced a collaboration to increase the efficiency of preparing and cutting patterns with digitally printed graphics. ExactFlat 3D to 2D digital patterning software is a tool set for creating flat patterns with graphics perfectly …

IFAI to host Women in Textiles Summit 2019, call for presentations open

August 8, 2018

IFAI will host its first ever Women in Textiles Summit on March 6-8, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Ga. The goal of the summit is to strengthen the advancement of women through an interactive forum that provides education, networking and dialogue about important issues affecting women in business. The summit will explore …

Wodetzki Award honoree Ernest Hagler dies

Former IFAI Board Member Ernest Hagler of Denver, Colo., passed away July 29. Hagler, 96, was a past recipient of IFAI’s Bruce W. Wodetzki Award, the tent rental industry’s most prestigious honor. President of American Canvas Company and Denver Tent Company, Hagler served on IFAI’s Board of Directors from 1981 to 1988 and was an …