Makers’ mark

March 1st, 2023

At the 2021 IFAI Expo in Nashville, a team of sewers from Bearse USA provided live sewing demonstrations, making 50 red backpacks from start to finish. The backpacks were donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. Photo: © Mark Skalny Photography Whether it be automation, dealing with workforce issues or managing supply […]

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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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The specialty textiles market copes with COVID-19

October 1st, 2020

While some industry suppliers and end product manufacturers have found ways to remain afloat, the economic effects of the pandemic have proven devastating to many, and the future can only be described as uncertain. by Pamela Mills-Senn The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the overall economy, and on the specialty textiles industry specifically, is […]

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Polo Custom Products: from concept to production with a full range of services

December 1st, 2019

by Rebecca Post Everything is global now. There’s more opportunity to enter into partnerships with your customers now. You can make suggestions that will improve their business, and that’s even expected,” says Kent Lammers, CEO and president of Polo Custom Products. In fact, says Lammers, keeping pace with customer expectations is what transforms clients into […]

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Follow the right steps to successfully bid on military contracts

October 2nd, 2019

The U.S. government is the largest buyer of goods and services in the world, and there are enough opportunities available for everyone to participate in military contract bidding, if you follow the right steps, according to Jennifer Fennell, CPM, director of procurement for Polo Custom Products, Topeka, Kan.  Fennell and Jeff Papalia, textiles program manager […]

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Polo Custom Products appoints Lammers

June 14th, 2018

Polo Custom Products has named Kent Lammers as its president and CEO. Lammers is a graduate of Washburn University and has served as corporate controller, CFO and executive vice president/CFO before being named to his new position. Polo Custom Products designs and manufactures custom components for original equipment manufacturers in the medical, fire and safety, […]

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On the march

December 1st, 2017

For several years the U.S. military market has been characterized by base closures and troop drawdowns, which has had an admittedly dampening effect on the need for and spending on military textiles. The United States isn’t the only geographic market for these products, nor are these textiles limited to just our military; purchasers are found […]

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