Losberger DeBoer hires Justin Beckman as its West Coast sales representative

July 23, 2018

Modular clearspan manufacturer Losberger DeBoer, Frederick, Md., has hired Justin Beckman as the company’s West Coast sales representative. Beckman joins Losberger DeBoer with almost 20 years of event and tent experience. Starting as a stagehand, Beckman migrated to the event rental world in college. After attending Colorado State University, Justin owned and operated a tent …

Glen Raven and Shawmut merge operations

Shawmut Corporation, a leader in developing high-performance composites, and Glen Raven Technical Fabrics (GRTF), a provider of technical fabric solutions, have agreed to merge GRTF’s automotive headliner and specialty industrial fabrics business into Shawmut. The merger will fully integrate Shawmut’s market-leading composite development capabilities and global lamination platform with Glen Raven’s specialty industrial fabrics operation. …

Americhem acquires Prescient

July 20, 2018

Americhem Inc., Cuyahoga, Ohio, has acquired Prescient Color Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sudarshan Chemical Industries Limited. Prescient, based in Pune, India, is a producer of high-end master batches in several niche applications, including synthetic fibers. It employs approximately 140, including contract employees. The acquisition complements Americhem’s position in the global synthetic fiber market …

Tolliver appointed at Amada Miyachi America

July 16, 2018

Amada Miyachi America Inc. has appointed Kurt A. Tolliver to vice president of sales. A 20-year veteran of the company, Tolliver previously managed the Southern U.S., Mexico, Central America and European sales networks. In his new role he will oversee worldwide sales of all of Amada products including resistance welding, laser welding, laser marking and …

Uniquetex adds spunmelt lines

July 13, 2018

Uniquetex, Grover, N.C., has installed its first two spunmelt lines capable of producing more than 10,000 tons of SS and SMS engineered nonwoven fabrics and composite materials. The development allows the company to begin production and start serving its current customer base of more than 100 companies. Uniquetex primarily serves the industrial, home furnishing, packaging, …

TRSA safety summit

TRSA, the global association for the linen, uniform and facility services industry, hosted the seventh annual Safety Summit in May. More than 70 participants shared best practices and received advice from safety professionals in other industries to further decrease workplace risks in large-scale laundries. Progress continues to be made toward a zero-incident goal. Yearly TRSA …

Secondary flame-resistant clothing standard

July 12, 2018

The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has received American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approval for a new voluntary consensus industry standard: The ANSI/ISEA 203-2018 American National Standard for secondary single-use flame-resistant protective clothing for use over primary flame-resistant protective clothing. Apparel covered by the standard is intended for single-use wear in occupational environments where flame …

Milliken & Company announces leadership transition

July 11, 2018

Milliken & Company’s board of directors has announced the appointment of Halsey M. Cook Jr. as president and CEO effective September 1, 2018. J. Harold Chandler will return to his role as chair of the board of directors. “The board of directors is confident that Halsey is the right leader for Milliken’s next era,” says …

Nonwovens symposium focuses on sustainability

EDANA’s 2018 International Nonwovens Symposium confirmed confidence in the opportunities and strengths of the nonwovens industry. The event included a keynote presentation on IKEA’s global material sourcing strategy followed by a session highlighting steps into the circular economy and use of renewable resources. Other topics included Industry 4.0 challenges and opportunities, recycling, innovation, new filter …

American Rental Association forecasts growth

July 10, 2018

In its latest five-year forecast, the American Rental Association (ARA) projects the U.S. equipment and event rental industry revenue to grow consistently on an annual basis, resulting in total revenue of $64.1 billion in 2022. While quarterly updates for ARA Rentalytics™ have shown minor up and down fluctuations over the past few years, the May …