Before selling, determine the true value of your company

January 1, 2020

By Larry Oxenham Succession planning can be a tricky matter, especially if you’re passing your business on to a family member. Sometimes keeping it in the family is viable, but not in every case. If it comes time to sell the business instead, you should be armed with some strategies for getting what it’s really …

IFAI Expo 1920-1929

This Business of Going to Conventions From James E. McGregor’s editorial on page 13 of the August 1928 National Canvas Goods Manufacturers Review.  Ideas are like the farmer at work. He prepares the ground by preparing his mind through study of conditions which affect the future crop. He gets those ideas from Farm schools, practical …

Dye sublimation printers

Offering reliability and high image quality with fast print speeds, SureColor® F9470 and SureColor F9470H 64-inch dye sublimation printers are designed for the roll-to-roll textile, home decor, promotional product and soft signage markets. The SureColor F9470H also offers the option of printing with two genuine fluorescent inks—yellow and pink—which brings bright, vivid colors to the …

Tolkien pattern polyurethane collection

Taking a trip through fantasy writer J. R. R. Tolkien’s imagination, the Tolkien pattern polyurethane collection offers superior performance in 13 vibrant colors including Shire, Wizard, Mordor and Fantasy. With a line and dot repeat design, the collection is recommended for hospitality, workspace, restaurant and senior living. The fabric is Prop 65 compliant for a …

A fort for the record books

Remember as a kid the fun of building a fort with your friends? The folks at Time4Sleep, a U.K.-based bed and bedroom furniture retailer, channeled those good memories when they decided to build a record-breaking fort made out of blankets. The Time4Sleep team chose Millennium Square in Leeds, U.K., for the location of the project. …

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Leading women: strength, innovation and growth

As dedicated industry professionals, women are running companies, developing innovative new products and meeting the challenges of a global marketplace. Our six subjects have varied backgrounds and career paths, but the advice they offer is surprisingly similar: engage, learn and toot your own horn. by Laurie Junker A woman starting a manufacturing company might not …

100 years of IFAI Expo

At the beginning of the 20th century, there were Temperance organizations in nearly every state. In 1919, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcohol, was ratified and went into effect on Jan. 16, 1920, beginning the era known as Prohibition. Almost immediately after it was ratified, organizations …

Investing in excellence—and workforce readiness

Kathryn Maisto mastered her marine canvas skills over a lifetime and across oceans, and now she’s training a new generation. by Jill C. Lafferty I’m always looking for ways to enhance our product line,” says Kathryn Maisto, MFC, owner of Fairwinds Canvas LLC, Racine, Wis. “In what we do and what we offer, we have …

Self-adhesive fabric for signage

Solvent, latex and UV-compatible, Sihl 3517 WallGrafX Prime self-adhesive polyester fabric offers block-out properties and a bright white surface. Recommended for wall decor, exhibition stands, furniture and other advertising applications. The fabric can be applied to smooth and lightly structured surfaces and is temperature and humidity resistant, making it suitable for both indoor (short or …

Making decisions in an uncertain trade environment

By Marie O’Mahony Editor’s note: The issue of U.S. trade is unusually dynamic and evolving today. The majority of this article represents information available when the speakers presented at IFAI Expo in October 2019.  With current international trade in a persistent state of flux, it’s tempting for the advanced textiles industry to stand by and …