Positively powerful

March 1, 2014  |  Awnings & Canopies, Features, Industry News, Management, Perspective

Kisha Moldovan builds relationships with sincerity and enthusiasm to boost business and advance the industry. “I don’t think about other awning companies as competition or in any way as a negative, because the more people who are spreading the word about awnings, the more we all have an opportun…
Auburn certifies ‘Made in the USA’

March 1, 2014  |  Industry News

Auburn Mfg. Inc. (AMI), Mechanic Falls, Maine, takes its “Made in the USA” commitment seriously, now issuing its own Company of Origin certificate with each price quotation it provides. The AMI certificate attests that the products are made in the USA, from yarn to finished product, at t…
Face time at the Olympics!

March 1, 2014  |  Industry News

Asif Khan, an award-winning designer and architect dubbed “London’s anti-starchitect,” accepted a commission from MegaFon, a Russian telecom company, to create a pavilion at the entrance of the Sochi Olympic Park for the Winter Games. Intrigued with the immediacy of communication i…
Victor Group achieves FACTS certification

March 1, 2014  |  Industry News

The Association for Contract Textiles (ACT) owns the new Facts certification mark, which recognizes contract textiles that meet the multi-attribute NSF/ANSI 336 standard. To carry the Facts mark, a textile must be assessed by an independent third party for eight sustainability attributes: fiber sour…
The healing textiles

March 1, 2014  |  Advanced Textiles, Features

Advancements in fiber development result in new and better applications for biomedical textiles. Biomedical textiles are one of the fastest growing segments in the textile industry, according to Dr. Martin King, professor of textiles at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and an expert in biotex…
Greenhouse cover adapts to light, heat variations

March 1, 2014  |  Industry News

The tropical greenhouse in the Aarhus Botanical Gardens in Denmark resembles a snail’s shell, constructed in 1969 to allow the greatest interior volume with the lowest possible surface area. The recent greenhouse renovation, designed by C.F. Møller Architects, included an ETFE cover system …
Opdyke Awning celebrates a century

March 1, 2014  |  Industry News

In 1914, Chester B. Opdyke Sr. delivered custom-made awnings and canopies to his Jersey Shore customers in a horse and buggy. The subsequent century would see generations of Opdykes expand and diversify the family-owned business to serve customers in all of New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. Jim Opd…
No guessing game

March 1, 2014  |  Management

Getting good at estimating taxes. By Mark E. Battersby It will come as no surprise to anyone that Uncle Sam wants taxes paid in full during the course of the year. Avoiding the penalties associated with guessing wrong about estimated tax payments is easy—with some preparation. Any person, and …
Art and architecture with a twist

March 1, 2014  |  Industry News

Art Basel, a celebration of modern and contemporary art, welcomed the design world to Miami December 5–7 for a sun-drenched revel among paintings, installations, photography, film and more. Architectural Digest magazine wanted to advertise its presence at Art Basel with a luxurious “oasi…
Polyfab shade sails get ‘safe sun’ seal

March 1, 2014  |  Industry News

Melanoma International Foundation (MIF) promotes prevention, early detection and innovative treatment for melanoma, a form of skin cancer that metastasizes rapidly and is often deadly. Polyfab USA, Manhattan Beach, Calif., has been awarded the MIF Seal of Approval for its shade sails and structures …