Universal Fibers expands Virginia headquarters

January 29th

Universal Fibers® has announced that it will invest $13 million in an expansion at its headquarters near Bristol, Va., that will create 84 new jobs. “Because here at the Industrial Park in Washington County, Virginia, is the location of our branded EarthSmart Technology® initiative, this location was our first choice for this exciting expansion,” said...

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Tencel now used in carpets

January 26th

Using a new Tencel fiber from Lenzing, natural cellulose fibers can now be processed in carpets, offering excellent moisture management properties; carpeting made with Tencel can also effectively combat the formation of mold. The carpets are also naturally moth-resistant, and, since Tencel has a natural moisture content of 13 percent (compared to only 1 percent...

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Southcombe firefighting gloves

January 25th

Southcombe Brothers Ltd. recently announced that the Indianapolis, Ind., Fire Department has purchased nearly 1,700 pairs of the company’s Firemaster® IV Kovenex® gloves, after months of rigorous testing. The gloves combine Kovenex’s inherent flame-, tear- and cut-resistant properties with Southcombe’s patented water- and chemical-resistant Pyrohide® to maintain the product’s NFPA 1971-2007 certification and EN659 rating,...

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AW Specialty Papers announces three new how-to videos

January 22nd

AW Specialty Papers announces three new how-to videos AW Specialty Papers launched three new videos demonstrating how to apply heat transfer paper onto dark-colored substrates using a commercial heat press. Available on YouTube, each video highlights one of three new products: the Koncert T’s, Laser Dark and 3G Jet-Opaque. The IMAGE CLIP series is for...

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Geosynthetics photo contest

January 21st

The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) is holding its first-ever photo competition, just ahead of its planned April 2010 launch of the redesign IGS website and the May 2010 quadrennial IGS conference in Guaruja, Brazil. Winning photographs must demonstrate geosynthetic materials and technology in action, and may illustrate any phase of implementation, from design to completed...

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PGI releases sustainability report

January 20th

Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) has released its inaugural 2008 Sustainability Report. Prepared following framework of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an organization in which PGI recently became an organizational stakeholder, the report covers five sustainability goals the company hopes to meet by 2014. PGI is also participating in a pilot program with the Paris-based Organization...

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Wind turbine props, textile-reinforced

January 18th

Wind energy promises to become a staple of a green economy, and innovative strategies to make wind turbines more durable can give companies a competitive edge. Technical textiles developed with carbon, glass and aramid reinforcements bonded by thermosetting or thermoplastic agents give rotor blades the strength to hold up to wind, wear and weather. Karl...

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Sunbrella® area rugs

January 15th

Tri Vantage® now offers the renaissance™ collection of Sunbrella area rugs and accessories to enhance sales. Made with Sunbrella yarns to offer exceptional durability, softness, long-lasting color and stain resistance, the area rugs are created through a flat braid process using 50 percent recycled content. The reversible, weather-resistant rugs can be used both inside and...

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ARA to recognize industry service at The Rental Show

January 14th

The American Rental Association (ARA) recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the Association and the industry each year. At this year’s Rental Show, Stan Crumbaugh, president of Independence Rent-All, Independence, Mo., will receive the Meritorious Service Award, which honors an ARA member who has made a significant contribution and demonstrated leadership pivotal to the success...

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Synthetic textiles industry in India sees recovery

January 13th

The increase in cotton yarn prices has led to a growing interest in India’s manmade fibers, according to the Synthetic and Rayon Textile Export Promotion Council in Mumbai, India. For the period between April and September 2009, manmade fiber exports rose by 10 percent over the previous year. Demand for synthetics in Europe and West...

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