Tent CARES Day honors pandemic workers

November 1, 2020

Tent manufacturers and rental businesses around the U.S. celebrated the frontline workers of the COVID-19 pandemic on Aug. 29 with barbeques, food truck fare and lots of sweet treats.  Independent Tent CARES Day events were hosted by members of the IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) and other industry organizations. In addition to honoring health-care and …

A tented grocery store meets essential community needs

The summer season for tent rental companies is usually filled with weddings and festivals, but there is nothing usual about 2020. While many rental companies replaced canceled events with medical and restaurant tenting, Traube Tents and Structures, St. Louis., Mo., also took on the job of installing a grocery store that’s helping heal a community.  …

Medical machinery

ACS Inc., a manufacturer of custom and standard heat sealing and material handling equipment, has prioritized having machines ready to ship for the fabrication of emergency tents and shelters, health care curtains or dividers, personal protection equipment (PPE), antimicrobial gowns, protective barriers, tarps orcovers. ACS machines are also available to create awnings, shades, filtration tubes …

Small-format UV-LED printers

The latest UV-LED printers from Mutoh America, the XPJ-461UF and XPJ-661UF, include an expansion of its XpertJet platform which enhances the user experience. New features include a sleek, modern design, shortened print times, an expanded print area and an innovative UV-LED Lamp which produces glossy, semi-glossy and matte varnish printing simultaneously with colors and/or white …

Crafting handbags for addiction recovery

Completing an addiction rehabilitation program is cause for celebration. But maintaining sobriety is a lifelong process that requires additional support. People coming out of rehabilitation often need job training that leads to economic stability. Many have no money or support, and their only option is to return to the same community where their addiction started. …

Initiatives in textile recycling

Circular systems could monetize textile waste while helping to save the planet. by Debra Cobb The textile sustainability landscape is changing. While textile manufacturers, brands and retailers tout their use of recycled or sustainable fibers, mountains of textile waste continue to pile up in the world’s landfills. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that in …

Efficient solutions for tarp and truck cover manufacturers

Tarp and truck cover manufacturers look to new equipment, employee input and supplier partnerships for more efficient production.  by Carol Brzozowski Good economic times or bad, businesses always have the goal of increasing profit. Even during times of economic uncertainty, companies strive for profitability through strategies such as more accurate job costing, moving into new …

Breakthroughs in advanced textiles: 3D printed mesh, antiviral jacket and more

3D-printed flexible mesh Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have designed pliable 3D-printed mesh materials with the flexibility and toughness to be tuned to emulate and support softer tissues such as muscles and tendons. With the ability to tailor the intricate structures in each mesh, the researchers anticipate that the tough, yet stretchy fabric-like …

Carolyn Hajek on staying small and strong

Pride City Awning & Canvas founder Carolyn Hajek has built her business on trust and loyalty. by Laurie F. Junker  The successful formula for Pride City Awning & Canvas is the application of a simple principle—treat customers, suppliers and employees with honesty, fairness and loyalty. It’s an approach that has kept the Pueblo, Colo.-based manufacturer …

Self-sanitizing stretch fabric

Ultima Displays’ self-sanitizing stretch fabric has applications for tension graphic displays and partitions in the retail, exhibition, conference and event industries. The treated stretch fabric uses HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03 technology, which has been tested to be 99.99% effective within 30 minutes against coronavirus and is designed to inhibit the growth and persistence of bacteria and …