Tricky shade projects

August 1st, 2022

Each year, fabricators across the globe set the bar higher by achieving more beauty, functionality and innovation in their shade projects. And each year, the Advanced Textiles Association (formerly IFAI) strives to recognize these industry leaders through its International Achievement Awards (IAA) program. Here, we interview four of last year’s winners about the rewards and […]

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Flame-retardant shade sails

May 1st, 2022

Employees at Marlen Textiles conduct final fabric inspections before product is packaged for sale. Over the past year, the New Haven, Mo.-based company has seen significant cost increases for raw materials used in fire-retardant fabrics. Photo: Marlen Textiles As the world continues to call for commercial fabrics that can withstand ever-greater environmental challenges, shade sail […]

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Cutting through the fabric ceiling

February 1st, 2022

Faith Roberts, Ltm, MFC, IFM, owner of Ham Lake, Minn.-based Banner Canvas, can think of several examples of gender-based discrimination she’s encountered over her 40-year career.  Some struck her as blatantly offensive when she experienced them. Others were less obvious until she really dissected them years later.  “Some things I didn’t know were discriminatory until […]

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Showroom showdown

December 1st, 2021

Oyster Creek’s floor design gives customers a glimpse of production in progress even if they’re only there to shop for materials. Whether it’s online or brick and mortar, a well-conceived product showroom can make a substantial difference in how customers perceive your company and its offerings. Strategic improvements in both can help your clients better […]

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John Delaloye: Innovating for the end user

October 1st, 2020

John Delaloye combines Diamond Brand Gear’s history and reputation with a strategy that focuses on doing what lower-priced competitors can’t.  by Michelle Miron I get really pumped about new products, new fabrics, and when we learn from something we’ve researched or read about or seen somewhere and can bring those elements to fruition here,” says […]

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