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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Selling the energy efficiency benefits of fabric

October 1st, 2019

Efforts to better market the energy-saving properties of shade products can help consumers and builders make more informed decisions—and move the industry forward. By Holly Eamon It’s easy for people to agree on the need to better regulate temperatures and air quality—and save money—when heating and cooling homes, offices and everything in between.  To the […]

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Bowman, Fredrickson, Loyzelle join Sattler

December 6th, 2018

Ryan Bowman has been named sales manager, casual furniture division at the Outdura Casual Furniture Division of Sattler Corp. As sales manager, Bowman will serve in a key role for the Outdura sales organization. Steve Fredrickson has been named Sattler sales director, awning and marine division. Previously Fredrickson was with Serge Ferrari as the sales […]

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Fachada Foro Chiapas has a tensile fabric façade that invites spectators

April 1st, 2018

An iconic new performance space in southern Mexico demonstrates the ability of tensile fabrics to make a cultural statement—and thrill an audience. The power of suggestion is one of an architect’s most eloquent tools. With a meaningful combination of shape and material, a design can meet physical expectations as well as create the suggestion of […]

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Building facades and vertical shade

February 1st, 2018

For decades now, since the revelation of the 1970s back-to-earth, energy enlightenment era of oil embargoes and the beginning of the environmentalism movement, architects and government officials have acknowledged the importance of making ever more energy-efficient buildings. It has been proven that buildings (the construction of them and the manufacturing of all the materials that […]

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Multifunctional fabrics and material innovations

October 1st, 2017

What spurs innovation? Does the kernel of a new idea spring forth fully formed from the brow of a genius, or does it gestate over a long, arduous path involving sweat and heavy lifting? Maybe a bit of both, if you dig into the histories of new materials or processes. Often you will find that […]

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Opening the door to architects

April 1st, 2017

Experts discuss the best way to encourage designers to use fabric in their projects. Confession:  I am a licensed architect (please don’t hold that against me!) and I like fabric. I am also a teacher of young architects and designers and take every opportunity to introduce students to the wonders of fabric in architecture and […]

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