SBA releases new PPP loan forgiveness applications

July 9, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020, which was signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020. In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application …

Rose Brand announces COVID19 efforts

April 24, 2020

Rose Brand has launched a national campaign to reinforce the social distancing message with the unfurling of a massive 140-foot banner in its Secaucus, N.J., headquarters parking lot. The banner, manufactured and printed in-house, conveys the rallying cry, “JOIN THE RESISTANCE, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE.” It also features an image of Lady Liberty as the nation’s …

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 …