The exhibit experience

October 29th, 2021

A public arts installation by artist John Ensor Parker in Washington, D.C., used Dazian Celtic Cloth Heavyweight fabric as a wrap for a 12-foot cube. Projectors mounted to the inside of the structure threw the images onto the back of the fabric. Photo: Bryan Dodson/Dazian LLC. It remains a fact that it’s still too soon […]

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In the market for new markets

October 1st, 2021

To gain a foothold in a new market, InCord recently purchased East Coast Lifting Products, a custom web sling manufacturer. The purchase was a good strategic fit, as both companies specialize in safety-oriented custom textile products. Photo: InCord. The advantages of diversification are well-known. Serving multiple markets can help a business grow, and when one […]

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Karl Deardorff’s smart moves with SLO Sail and Canvas

May 1st, 2021

At age 19, Karl Deardorff bought a sewing machine from Leo Robbins, his first sailing instructor. “I wanted to be able to fix and alter my own sails,” he says. The machine went with Deardorff to California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, where he was also on the sailing team. Soon he was […]

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Retractables: part of the shade package

February 1st, 2020

There has been growth in the U.S. market for retractable awnings, but today they’re part of a wide range of shade products designed to offer comfort, color, convenience, style and protection from insects as well as weather. by Laurie Junker The awning industry had been anticipating a boom in retractables for a long time. Scouring […]

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Leading women: strength, innovation and growth

January 1st, 2020

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 […]

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