Sand Sea and Air accepting supply donations for Puerto Rico

October 4, 2017

Terri Madden, the owner of Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc., located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a regular contributor to Marine Fabricator magazine, recently contacted IFAI to provide an update of the situation facing her business as well as many others on the hurricane-ravaged island. “I am more fortunate than most,” Madden says. …

Changes at American Cord & Webbing

July 10, 2017

Dennis Smith, national sales manager at American Cord & Webbing Inc. (ACW), has announced his retirement after 27 years with the company. At the same time, Susan Lake is ACW as director of Sales and Marketing. Lake managed the Midwest and East Coast from 2013 to 2015 and left to become vice president of sales …

Branch Technology awarded for project

June 19, 2017

Branch Technology won top marks during NASA’s 3-D Habitat Centennial Challenge for a project submission that uses technology that could be used to develop future habitats from materials on other worlds. Working with Foster+Partners, a global architectural and design firm, Brand Technology used materials developed by Techmer PM to fulfill the required task: creating a …

Phifer to debut new additions to GeoBella® line

May 2, 2017

Phifer Incorporated will premiere a collection of vibrant, colorful additions to its GeoBella® Indoor/Outdoor High Performance Fabrics line at the ITMA Showtime Market, June 4-7. Made from reclaimed fibers, GeoBella fabrics boast the plush texture and comfort of indoor furniture backed by the stability, strength and durability needed for outdoor cushion applications. These low-maintenance performance …

Flame retardant usage increases

April 20, 2017

Worldwide consumption of flame retardants in construction applications is projected to increase 3.2 percent per annum through 2020 to 803,000 metric tons according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland, Ohio-based industry research firm. Between 2010 and 2015, a rebound in the U.S. construction industry fueled the gains, as well as double-digit …

A bigger Yarn Expo

February 20, 2017

Yarn Expo Spring 2017 is expected to be 20 percent larger in scale, occupying more than 19,000 square feet of space, when it is held March 15–17 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. Nearly 360 exhibitors, up from 309 in 2016, will be on hand to showcase some of the world’s highest …

India to hit $30 billion export target

February 17, 2017

India’s garment exports are on track to meet a government goal of $30 billion in the next three years, according to the Apparel Export Promotion Council, the official body of apparel exporters in India. Apparel exports are expected to increase in 2017–2018 due to innovative design, quality of products and initiatives by the government, including …

New Outdura design manager

February 16, 2017

Outdura, Hudson, N.C., has promoted Gloria Tsocos to design manger. Tsocos joined the company in 2015 in the contract fabric division. She began her career as a fabric designer in the home furnishing and hospitality markets and has specialized in indoor and outdoor upholstery fabrics. She served as a professor at the Fashion Institute of …

ARA donates to wildfire relief

February 15, 2017

Responding to the wildfires that ravaged Gatlinburg and parts of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the American Rental Association (ARA) Foundation and the ARA of Tennessee have joined forces to donate $6,000 to the American Red Cross for relief efforts. The ARA Foundation matched the ARA of Tennessee’s donation of $3,000 through its Matching Funds Program. The …

Zabek retires from Seaman

February 14, 2017

Ed Zabek has retired from Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, after 29 years of service. Most recently he served as regional sales manager in the eastern U.S. Zabek is an expert in the industrial fabrics business and has been a mentor to many associates in the company.