Snapshot: Bringing the outdoors in

January 1st, 2014

By Sigrid Tornquist When Andy Moon got a call from the Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort and Family Adventure Center in Sevierville, Tenn., in late December, 2010, asking him how to create an indoor swimming pool out of an outdoor swimming pool, he didn’t hesitate to take the job. The next day he boarded […]

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Primer for printing

January 1st, 2014

Digital printing on textiles expands client lists and adds new dimensions to product innovation. For the Brooklyn Plantology garden center in New York, Capitol Awning Co. of Jamaica, N.Y., created a custom awning that showcased a logo, text and a leafy design that captured the essence of the space. The shop printed the imagery directly […]

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Vinyl matters

January 1st, 2014

What fabric manufacturers know about PVC fabrics that you should know, too. Many businesses in the industrial fabrics industry (Seaman Corp. among them) have shown consistent growth over decades by developing cost-effective, high-performance products that utilize vinyl—a polymer used safely and successfully in a range of applications. Today, the vinyl industry represents $54 billion of […]

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Part 1: The state of the industry

January 1st, 2014

Worldwide GDP remains subdued, and the specialty fabrics industry is responding with care, but stronger growth is anticipated in 2014. Worldwide GDP growth has settled into a subdued pace at 2.9 percent in 2013, and growth in U.S. GDP is expected to be at about 1.7 percent in 2013, down from 2.8 percent in 2012. […]

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The important role of credit

January 1st, 2014

Why you need to establish and protect your business credit. By William J. Lynott In the specialty fabrics industry, credit used wisely can be a profitable friend; credit used carelessly can be a destructive enemy. When your business has an excellent credit score, you are likely to be offered the most favorable rates if you […]

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Fresh and clean

January 1st, 2014

Fabric diffusers give commercial kitchens an air makeover. Restaurants and other commercial food service operations face a common challenge: adequately ventilating cooking areas that can create a lot of grease, heat and smoke. Four-way metal diffusers typically used in commercial kitchens produce high air velocities that flow across the cooking exhaust hood, reducing its ability […]

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Floating on the land

January 1st, 2014

ETFE is the solution for a lively French resort. By Frank Edgerton Martin Located in Neydens, France, Vitam Parc is a 50,000-square-meter tourism destination that is part spa, part sports center and part shopping mall. Its new-age offerings include meditation rooms, climbing walls, a water park with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a health spa, […]

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Local importance

January 1st, 2014

Many decisions impacting the industry are made at the state and municipal level. By Andrew Aho Lobbyists are often associated with Washington, D.C. And for good reason, as sometimes they are in the news and there are a lot of them. There are more than 14,000 registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. In addition, tens of […]

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Let’s play Charades

January 1st, 2014

A lightweight, airy and colorful group of furniture pieces called “Charade” is the end result of research by Gomar, a French designer based in The Netherlands, about nomadism within a restricted environment. Using regular metal tubes for their structures, combined with sailcloth and kite textiles, the two lamps, a table and a stool create a […]

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