New COO for Integrated Textile Solutions

June 1st, 2012

Industry veteran Dan Pittman brings 35 years of experience in textile and apparel to his new role as chief operating officer for Integrated Textile Solutions (ITS), Salem, Va., a contract manufacturer of industrial, military, textile and apparel products. Pittman most recently served as director of engineering and sales support for Eton Systems Inc., and has […]

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Sophia Ou joins INVISTA

June 1st, 2012

As new Asia-Pacific senior marketing specialist for the INVISTA CORDURA® brand, Sophia Ou will execute marketing strategies to increase trade and consumer awareness in the Asia-Pacific region. Ou brings more than four years of experience in marketing and outdoor-related industries, and she will emphasize outdoor and travel applications for the durable CORDURA fabrics. Prior to […]

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Dramatic restoration of boat cockpit

June 1st, 2012

[Paul’s Custom Canvas Inc.] Denver, Colo. Paul’s Custom Canvas designed and fabricated the new upholstery for the cockpit of a used 32-foot Fountain boat, following the client’s own design idea, including the Fountain logo on the headrests and back sun pad—upholstered rather than embroidered for a long-lasting impression. Due to its complexity, the logo pattern […]

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Classic sailboat makeover

June 1st, 2012

[Iverson’s Design] Olympia, Wash. Iverson’s Design created the plan for a complete cockpit enclosure on a sailboat, including dodger, bimini, connector panel and sunshade mesh enclosure panels. All components of this enclosure are removable so the boat owner has a variety of options. The company also outfitted it with side and back grab rails, integrated […]

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Boat enclosure features blend of material

June 1st, 2012

[SeaCanvas] Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Sea Canvas was asked to recreate a four-sided enclosure using some soft, polished sheet vinyl and some EZ2CY acrylic window material. The client requested rigid windows forward, soft vinyl with U-zippers on the sides, and a roll-up aft door and aft mid windows. Looking to change to tracking on the […]

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Creating the future of textiles: Industry support for university research

June 1st, 2012

Industry support for university researchers can help drive new developments in advanced textiles markets. By Amit Kapoor What are the most exciting or intriguing developments in the industry in advanced technologies? First Line Technology primarily develops and manufactures products for the U.S. Department of Defense and first responders, so some of the most intriguing developments […]

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Jim Carroll Jr. understands the cost of quality

June 1st, 2012

Jim Carroll Jr. knows how to make a premium product—and price it right. By Sigrid Tornquist “Being busy is one thing. Making money is another,” says Jim Carroll Jr., MFC, owner of Hoover Canvas Products Co., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. “So many people see neighboring businesses selling product for less and say to themselves: If they […]

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Know the code for fabric end products

June 1st, 2012

Industry experts call for more uniformity in codes and regulations and better information for officials about fabric end products. By Barb Ernster End product manufacturers that design and fabricate any kind of fabric structure, from awnings to large structures, are finding it necessary to know more than ever about codes and regulations affecting the products […]

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Fabric products aid home health care

June 1st, 2012

Fabric products help with home health care, self care and wellness practices for an aging population. By Dara Syrkin Fabrics have always had an important place in health care markets, but with an increasing emphasis on home health care and self-care initiatives, new fabric products are helping to provide the kind of care that used […]

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The wrap race: Vinyl films on the transportation fast track

June 1st, 2012

Vinyl films help vehicles—trucks, boats, planes, trains and automobiles—meet at the “finish” line, and the consumer market is on the inside track. By Janice Kleinschmidt A connoisseur of Armani and custom shirts, Greg Purdy may seem like a fish out of water driving a pinkish-purple Scion with bright yellow letters on the front fender exclaiming […]

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