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  • IFAI forms Military division

    IFAI is pleased to introduce a new division representing members supplying fabrics and fabric products to the U.S. military. The division supports the longevity and specialization of IFAI members with a military focus, offering opportunities for both manufacturers and suppliers of gear, uniforms, aid products, and other personal and on-site military equipment.

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  • Leadership announcements

    IFAI, acting to fill a newly vacant position, elected one new director to its board. The board welcomed Craig Zola, vice president of marketing and distribution for Herculite Products Inc. in Emigsville, Pennsylvania, to his first three-year term. Mike Erickson, president of Canvas Designers Inc. in Riviera Beach, Florida, ended his second three-year term. His service is greatly appreciated...

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  • Honored Life Member Awards

    Honored Life Membership awards were presented at the IFAI Expo 2014 opening reception and awards ceremony, where Pat Hayes, CPP, former IFAI board member and Honored Life Member, announced the four industry leaders to be recognized this year.

    Sy Hyman is the founder of Herculite Products Inc., Emigsville, Pa. His vision and determination allowed the company to stay one step ahead in...

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  • IFAI publications take top honors at MMPA award ceremony

    IFAI publications were among the most honored at the 18th annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association Excellence Awards ceremony, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Minneapolis, Minn.

    The Excellence Awards competition was created to recognize and foster outstanding publishing achievement. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges selected and assigned based on their expertise,...

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  • Industrial Fabrics Foundation announces student scholarship winners

    The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) student scholarship award winners for 2014 were recently announced at Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo in Minneapolis, Minn.

    The scholarship awards provide tuition expenses at an accredited college, university or technical school for students interested in a career in the specialty fabrics or advanced textiles industries. The...

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  • Industrial Fabrics Foundation announces Innovation Award Recipient

    (St. Paul, Minn. – Nov. 13, 2014) - The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) recently announced the recipient of the 2014 IFF Innovation Award. Foundation representatives announced the innovation award during Specialty Fabrics Expo 2014 and Advanced Textiles Expo, October 7 –...

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  • IFAI announces 2014 ShowStoppers awards

    St. Paul, Minn. – October 31, 2014 - The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces the 2014 ShowStoppers awards for the best new products and services at the 2014 Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

    The annual event had a record number of entries with 130 participants vying for a chance...

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  • IFAI Expo wraps up a successful show

    St. Paul, Minn. - October 29, 2014 - The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) international textile trade event, Specialty Fabrics Expo 2014 and Advanced Textiles Expo, took place Oct. 14-16, 2014, in Minneapolis, Minn.

    The annual event, in its 102nd year, is the largest annual display of specialty fabrics and technical textiles in the Americas. The show floor buzzed...

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  • IFAI Announces 2014 International Achievement Award Winners

    The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces the 2014 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and the Advanced Textiles Expo, the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, held this year at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more than six...

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  • LIVE updates from IFAI Expo 2014

    This year at Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo, IFAI will have LIVE coverage of the show's events, programs, exhibitors and more. Attendees and exhibitors can follow along for the latest announcements, event updates and news.

    Couldn't make it this year? Don't worry, follow the LIVE news feed and you will feel like you are in the middle of the Expo action.

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  • Congressman Keith Ellison to open IFAI Expo

    Event at Minneapolis Convention Center to draw representative, staffers

    (St. Paul, Minn. – October 9, 2014) On October 14, 2014, Congressman Keith Ellison will join hundreds of companies in the industrial fabrics marketplace converging on Minneapolis to mark the opening of IFAI’s Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The...

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  • Scholarship winners announced

    Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) 2014 scholarship winners have been announced. Selections are made on the basis of academic achievement, community service and interest in a future career in the specialty fabrics industry. The recipients are:

    Advanced Textile Products (ATP) Member
    Scholarship: Jennies Thurston, Central Michigan University.

    Don Williams IFF Student...

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  • IFAI Announces Extreme Sports Display at Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo 2014

    (Minneapolis, Minn. – Sept 25, 2014) The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces its international trade event, Specialty Fabrics Expo 2014 and Advanced Textiles Expo, will include a first-ever extreme sports display at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Oct. 14-16, 2014. The display will highlight specialty and technical fabrics and how they contribute to the...

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  • Register for Tent Expo 2015

    The 2015 IFAI Tent Expo will be held Jan. 28–30 at the Renaissance SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. Dedicated to the education and safety of the tent rental industry, it will provide innovative business solutions for tent rental challenges through installation demonstrations, networking opportunities, education sessions and exhibits that include end products, equipment, components and services....

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  • Expo’s super event

    Cap off a successful day with an opportunity for networking, industry insight and fun. The newly combined Opening Reception & Awards super event Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 5-7 p.m. will feature hors d’oeuvres, beverages, entertainment, industry recognition and more. The International Achievement Awards, Innovation Award, Honored Lifetime Member announcements and ShowStoppers will all be...

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  • Divisions offer student design challenges

    Three divisions will offer student design challenges for the upcoming academic year: The Advanced Textile Products (ATP) division, the Fabric Graphics Association (FGA) and the Fabric Structures Association (FSA).

    Each challenge exposes students to the industrial fabrics industry and encourages them to explore how fabric can be used in their area of study. It also prompts university...

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  • Trade officials speak at Outlook

    More than 100 attendees convened at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., May 4–5 for the annual Outlook Conference. This is the premier leadership forum for the specialty textile industry and is the only conference where technical textile executives and decision makers meet to focus on the industry’s business and economic outlook. It is co-developed by the United States...

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  • Workforce training leads topics at the Capitol

    IFAI Day on Capitol Hill and federal lobbying event was held in Washington, D.C., April 28–29. The focus of this event was to introduce members of Congress to the specialty fabrics industry and to highlight the need for trained workers in the textiles industry.

    Two of IFAI’s divisions have held similar events for many years, advocating for their segment of IFAI membership....

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  • Young professionals group forms

    At IFAI’s Specialty Fabrics and Advanced Textiles Expo there will be exciting opportunities for young professionals (under age 40) in the industrial fabrics industry. A sponsored happy hour will give young professionals a chance to gather and network. During Expo, there will be a panel discussion including established professionals, where participants of all ages are able come together...

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  • Charlene Clark achieves professional certification through IFAI

    Charlene Clark recently achieved certification as an Industrial Fabrics Manager signifying superior knowledge in the specialty fabrics industry.

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  • Former IFAI chairman of the board passes away

    William Phythian, IFAI chairman of the board from 1989 to 1991, passed away on Dec. 28, 2013.

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  • Gant honored at 26th annual NC Biz Hall of Fame

    Allen Gant was inducted to the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame.

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  • Oehmig named chief operating officer of Glen Raven

    Longtime leader of textile giant to step down as CEO.

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  • Son of longtime IFAI member Jerry Grimaud dies suddenly

    Christopher Jerel Grimaud passed away suddenly on Nov. 9, 2013.

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  • Jerry Grimaud achieves professional certification through IFAI

    Grimaud recently achieved certification as a Master Fabric Craftsman in Awning & Canopy specialty.

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