Finding balance

January 1st, 2022

When the pandemic hit, Camel Expeditionary was able to shift from a Department of Defense workload to a mobile hospital workload. Photo: Camel Expeditionary. There’re always challenges to running a successful business—keeping a step ahead of the competition, anticipating the changing needs of the customer, paying attention to the financials. But the past two years […]

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No one way to break into the military market

November 1st, 2021

One of the keys to success in the military market is keeping up with the methods and technology being used by warfighters. Photo: Stratus Support Industries. There is a lot of competition out there—and if your products aren’t solving problems or saving the customer money, it can be very difficult, says Nate Smith, founder of […]

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Shawmut Corp. announces new Military & Protective Materials business unit

June 16th, 2021

Photo: Shawmut Corp. Shawmut Corp., West Bridgewater, Mass., has established a Military & Protective Materials business unit that will apply the company’s trademark advanced materials, textile manufacturing and process innovation techniques to produce high-quality, U.S.-made, ultra-high-specification and high-performance technical fabric solutions. The company’s military and protective solutions feature waterproof, windproof, flame-resistant and chemical and biological […]

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SourceAmerica and NIB deliver U.S. Army’s new dress uniforms

April 1st, 2021

Drill Sergeant (Staff Sgt.) Hayon Ju, right, and her soldiers in A Battery, 1st Battalion, 79th Field Artillery salute during the playing of the national anthem at the battery’s basic combat training (BCT) graduation in November 2020 at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. They were the first BCT battery to graduate wearing the new Army Green […]

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Durable EMI shielding textile

March 4th, 2021

A military command center in Afghanistan. The Shelter-Rite® RF™ shielding material can be used to fabricate a variety of products, including military tents. Photo: Seaman Corp. Designed for the electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding market, Shelter-Rite® RF™ products offer technologically advanced safety and security in situations that require a rugged and robust RF-shielded material. With a […]

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Technology and market demand usher in a new age in ballistics protection

January 1st, 2021

TurtleSkin Metal Flex Armor combines soft and hard armor via a mosaic of interlocking metal tiles within an aramid fabric. Photo: Warwick Mills Inc. The market for ballistic protective clothing has traditionally functioned as a small slice of the military and law enforcement protective markets. Today, however, demand for such apparel is growing at an […]

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MMI Textiles to expand operations with new production facility

December 15th, 2020

MMI Textiles Inc., a global diversified supplier of industrial and custom fabrics and textile components based in Westlake, Ohio, will open a 30,000-square-foot production facility in North Carolina to begin producing select narrow fabrics during the first quarter of 2021. The new facility in Lenoir, N.C., will focus on manufacturing and printing narrow fabrics, including […]

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Breaking barriers in the textile industry for people who are blind

November 1st, 2020

National Industries for the Blind creates growth opportunities in the textiles industry for people who are blind or visually impaired. by Holly Eaman For many, 2020 has been a year of recognizing and working to overcome limitations—a technique that partners and employees of National Industries for the Blind (NIB) have mastered since 1938. Headquartered in […]

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Realistic bite sleeve for K9 training

October 1st, 2020

Army scientists have designed and developed a realistic canine bite sleeve trainer to improve the performance of military and civilian K9s, according to U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Army Research Laboratory Public Affairs.  A bite sleeve comprised of a silicone product, a mesh support system, pressure dissipating foam and layers of Kevlar is […]

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Tom Auer works to keep Bearse USA—and the U.S. sewing industry—on a firm foundation

October 1st, 2019

Tom Auer strives to put Bearse USA—and the U.S. sewing industry—on a firm foundation.   by Jill C. Lafferty I believe in the philosophy of partnership with my customers,” says Tom Auer, president of Bearse USA, a Chicago., Ill.-based contract sewer of bags and other non-apparel items. “I think that their success is what we should […]

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