Cleaning & repairing fabric products

September 1st, 2022

Creative Textile Solutions was asked to design a new fabric cover to dress up this building’s storefront. The company provided a replacement retractable awning cover using Sattler acrylic fabric. Photo: Creative Textile Solutions Now that inventories are back to earning their keep, attention has turned to making them presentable and putting them back in good […]

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Steve Fredrickson joins Rainier Industries

December 21st, 2021

Industry veteran Steve Fredrickson is joining Rainier Industries as the National Sales Director for Rainier Shade. Frederickson has more than 25 years of experience in the textile industry, with several different companies. Most recently, he was sales director at Sattler Corp. "I started working with Rainier Industries in 1997; loved my time here and am […]

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Getting into fabric graphics means doing your homework

February 1st, 2019

Ron Nissenbaum, CEO of Humphrys CoverSports in Philadelphia, Pa., has been in the business long enough—51 years to be precise—to have witnessed a few changes in the way fabricators use graphics. When Nissenbaum started at Humphrys, which itself is nearly 150 years old, graphics were a rarity on the tarps, sports field covers and other […]

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Eight-story banner helps Seattle sizzle

February 1st, 2019

The new mixed-use building 9th & Thomas, located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, takes a fresh approach to commercial space with floor-to-ceiling glass, gardens, integrated outdoor decks and a welcoming lobby that serves as a community living room. Developed by the Redman family, whose Sellen Construction Company occupied the site for 70 years, the […]

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Labor saving products for productivity

January 1st, 2019

Slick tent setup Rainier’s High Peak tent system provides an elegant, streamlined look with a frame design that allows for quick and easy installation without tools. The system features a flying center pole tension top with a catenary (arched) design and does not use interior support poles, maximizing usable space. The tent comes in a […]

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Investing in green practices in the industrial fabrics industry

October 16th, 2018

On October 15 during IFAI Expo 2018’s Pre-Expo Conference in Dallas, Texas, a panel of three speakers presented an educational session on green practices in the industrial fabrics industry. Panel presenters included Ryan Derrick, business unit manager at Rainier Industries; Vince Hankins, director of industrial markets for Sunbrella; and Bimal Kad, president and CEO of […]

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Fabrics create comfortable shelters

October 1st, 2018

A group of designers at Bora Architects, a Portland, Ore., firm, had an interesting idea they wanted to explore. The group considered the way in which modern American life, with all its comforts, creates a barrier to the natural world. Increasingly, the buildings we inhabit no longer reflect the regional climates in which they exist, as […]

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Selling shade, comfort, health and weather protection-in style

June 1st, 2018

Who could have predicted, even 10 years ago, that Amazon would have driven shade and awning companies, let alone everyday retail stores, into changing their operations to meet the demand for overnight response rates? Yet today, more than we’d like to believe, sales behemoths like the online portal Amazon and similar services have taught consumers […]

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Rainier Industries transitions CEO role from Scott Campbell to David Traub

February 17th, 2018

Scott Campbell, president and CEO of Rainier Industries, Tukwila, Wash., has announced his retirement, and David Traub is assuming the role of the company’s CEO. Though the leadership is changing, the company’s values and mission to build high quality products and provide world class service remain the same. Campbell has been president since purchasing the […]

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This year’s Show Stopper winners

September 28th, 2017

All the best from New Orleans: Thursday morning at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The sixth annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services and […]

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