Glen Raven installs solar array

February 1, 2018

Glen Raven installs a large solar array as part of its commitment to sustainability For textile manufacturers that operate energy-intensive machinery, solar-generated energy provides a way to save on energy bills and reduce carbon footprint. Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC, best known as the makers of Sunbrella® fabrics, recently debuted a 3,076-panel solar array at …

Recycled water bottles create jobs and coats for homeless people

January 1, 2018

The idea of sustainability is attractive to business owners and consumers. Executing on sustainability is not simple, however. In practice, sustainability can depend on a partnership of companies working together. Wm. T. Burnett & Co., Baltimore, Md., a foam and nonwoven materials manufacturer, transforms recycled water bottles from General Motors facilities and the city of …

How textile innovator Milliken & Co. became one of America’s safest companies

December 1, 2017

Milliken & Co. is known around the globe for its innovations in the manufacturing of specialty chemicals, floor covering, and performance and protective textiles. It’s also one of America’s safest companies. The Spartanburg, S.C.-based company was recently named as one of 13 companies featured in the 2017 America’s Safest Companies list, which recognizes companies that …

Manufacturing for Good demo booth debuts at Expo 2017

November 1, 2017

A new addition to IFAI Expo 2017 in New Orleans, La., was the Manufacturing for Good booth. Workers at the live manufacturing booth made 70 bright red duffel bags from start to finish. The bags were donated to Raintree Children & Family Services, a nonprofit organization that has assisted at-risk children and youth in the greater …

Seaman Corporation helps shelter families in need

October 1, 2017

When natural disasters strike, one of the most immediate needs is providing emergency shelter to affected communities. For more than 20 years, Seaman Corp. has partnered with disaster relief organizations to shelter families in need around the world. Seaman is currently evaluating the best ways to respond to recent hurricanes in Florida and Texas. However, …

Charity-driven live manufacturing to debut at Expo 2017

September 1, 2017

For four days every year, IFAI Expo offers industry members the opportunity to share trade secrets and take advantage of educational opportunities, product demonstrations and certification options. A new addition this year is Manufacturing for Good. The live manufacturing experience demonstrates the making of a duffel bag from start to finish, with a philanthropic twist: …

J & J Custom Design helps at-risk boys develop vocational skills

August 1, 2017

When meeting with the director of Safe Harbor Boys Home and Maritime Academy about volunteer opportunities earlier this year, Jo Ann and John Greco were asked to revive its out-of-service upholstery shop. The couple, who own upholstery business J & J Custom Design LLC, took on the challenge with relish, developing a program to teach …

Recycling and repurposing used fabrics and scraps

July 1, 2017

About five years ago, Scott Massey, president of Awning Cleaning Industries/APCO Products (and a member of IFAI’s board of directors), decided to expand his business reach in an earth-friendly way. His company has always had an environmental bent, since well-maintained fabrics stay out of landfills longer. Still, even these fabrics eventually need replacing, resulting in …