SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses launches

April 4, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza launched the Paycheck Protection Program on April 3, 2020, a $349 billion emergency loan program created last week with the President’s signing of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). The program provides forgivable loans of up to $10 million to small businesses left …

U.S. tent and structure manufacturers unite with the special events industry to address the COVID-19 pandemic

April 3, 2020

The special events industry stands poised to address surging capacity needs of the U.S. health care infrastructure. Ten of the major U.S. tent and structure manufacturers have joined together in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The principal strategy of the group is to align needs for disaster resources including field hospitals, emergency temporary shelters, …

Eastman customers unite to offer contract cutting resources to PPE manufacturers

April 2, 2020

Eastman Machine Co. announced today that its exclusive Matchmaker program is connecting facilities manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) with more than a dozen customers who offer automatic, CNC (computer-controlled) cutting services. The Matchmaker program has successfully linked organizations throughout the U.S. and U.K. for several decades from Eastman’s website. Thousands of manufacturers use automatic and …

Milliken pivots textile manufacturing to produce advanced medical PPE

Global textile manufacturer Milliken & Company is leveraging its materials science expertise to manufacture much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for the health care industry amid the current COVID-19 global pandemic, focusing on engineering textiles into medical-grade fabrics using antimicrobial and fabric barrier coatings. Milliken’s new advanced medical fabrics and barriers are currently available, and …

NCTO response to Administration’s reported tariff deferral

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished products, has issued a statement from NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas in response to the Administration’s plan to institute a 90-day deferral on MFN tariffs, as reported by numerous press outlets. The reported plan being pushed …

Top tips for operating a specialty fabrics business during a pandemic

April 1, 2020

IFAI Division Webinars this week are bringing together diverse members of the specialty fabrics industry to discuss how they are navigating the COVID-19 crisis. For companies that are operational—that is, they have either been deemed essential businesses or they are not currently under a “shelter in place” order—worker health and safety is a major concern. …

Vertilux producing face mask kits: sewers needed!

March 31, 2020

Vertilux, headquartered in Miami, Fla, is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of fabrics, components and automated solutions for the window covering industry. Recently, the company decided to join the fight against COVID-19 and start producing face masks kits for other people and organizations who have the capabilities to sew them in large quantities. …

10,000 scrubs per month made available to health care professionals

March 30, 2020

Barco Uniforms, Los Angeles, Calif., a recognized leader of design innovation in the premium health care apparel industry, has announced its pledge to donate 10,000 scrubs to health care professionals each month for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Donations will be prioritized and distributed based on requests made by health care teams who submit …

How does UV light protect against the coronavirus?

March 27, 2020

According to an online article by Larson Electronics, ultraviolet (UV) light is a useful tool for thorough disinfection and sanitation. Specifically, the UV-C range (wavelengths ranging between 200 nm and 280 nm) is capable of eliminating viruses, bacteria, mold and spores—including the COVID-19 corona virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), …

YKK Partners with customers to manufacture products for COVID-19 relief

March 26, 2020

As COVID-19 strains the health care and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) industries in the United States, YKK is proactively partnering with existing customers as well as reaching out to new partners to seek creative ways to address the COVID-19 challenge. YKK’s four main U.S. manufacturing facilities in Georgia, California, Alabama and Kentucky have taken innovative …