Vehicle underbody shields coming to U.S.

April 1st, 2014

Ultra-Silent, an innovative fiber under-floor and under-engine shield manufactured by Autoneum Management Ltd., Winterthur, Switzerland, has only been available to European car manufacturers—until now. Autoneum will enter the North American market starting in 2015. The Ultra-Silent systems, consisting of glass-free PET fibers, are water resistant, heat resistant, recyclable and 50 percent lighter than standard plastic...

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More workforce training in 2015?

April 1st, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor has released its fiscal year 2015 budget request, which focuses on preparing workers for ready-to-fill job markets and industries projected to grow in the future. The budget supports reforms to improve training and employment programs to help workers gain skills and return to work quickly. The Department of Labor plans...

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New Orafol distribution center in Ontario

April 1st, 2014

Orafol Americas Inc., Black Creek, Ga., has expanded its presence in North America by opening a new Canadian distribution center for its pressure-sensitive films and industrial tapes for sign, screen print and digital imaging applications. The 24,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art warehouse in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, will provide fast and effective service to Canadian distributors.

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B & O acquires Performance Textiles

April 1st, 2014

As a leading textile converter for the U.S. military, Brand & Oppenheimer (B&O) Co. Inc., Red Bank, N.J., sought to diversify its product line into sports, recreational, work-wear and commercial markets. It recently acquired Performance Textiles Inc., Greensboro, N.C., a supplier of engineered and high-performance fabrics for a variety of markets, including military applications. The...

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Crypton expands its performance portfolio

April 1st, 2014

For 20 years, Crypton Inc., Bloomfield Hills, Mich., has manufactured environmentally friendly performance fabrics with stain resistance, moisture management and antimicrobial properties for health care, hospitality, commercial and residential applications. The company has become well- known for its strategic and innovative new product developments, branding techniques and strategies. In a strategic move to expand into...

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Technithread increasing capacity, sales force

April 1st, 2014

In October, SMI-ITS, a throwing corporation that leads the Canadian market with high-tenacity thread products, officially opened its U.S. operations under the Technithread name, offering direct-to-manufacturer purchasing for the entire product line. This follows the company’s purchase of machinery that dramatically increases its winding and spinning capacities. Technithread can now meet the demands of its...

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Taylor Made preferred supplier for Brunswick

April 1st, 2014

A supply agreement between Taylor Made Systems, Gloversville, N.Y., and Brunswick Boat Group builds on a long-standing relationship between the two companies. Taylor Made was designated the preferred supplier for glazed system products installed on Brunswick boats. Marine glazing systems and framed-glass windshields for power boats are Taylor Made specialties, and the company offers products...

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Compton joins Top Value Fabrics

April 1st, 2014

Michael Compton has assumed the role of business development manager for Top Value Fabrics, Carmel, Ind., to support the expansion of the company’s Print Media Division. Compton has 13 years of experience working in digital printing on textiles with major international companies. Top Value Fabrics supplies print media, industrial textiles and recreational fabrics through a...

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Futureguard recruits Jepson

April 1st, 2014

Futureguard Building Products, Auburn, Maine, manufacturer of NuImage and Bel-Aire awnings, has announced that Clark Jepson will be the company’s new southeastern dealer sales representative. Jepson is a U.S. Navy veteran and former owner of Ageless Awnings in Tampa, Fla., for more than 20 years. His experience in direct sales, marketing, service and installation will...

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In memoriam: Robert P. Weingartner Sr.

April 1st, 2014

Longtime owner of Cincinnati-based Queen City Awning Robert P. Weingartner Sr., MFC, passed away on Feb. 15, 2014, at the age of 81. He was an active member of IFAI for many years; in addition to serving two terms on the IFAI board of directors, he also served as chairman of the certification committee, and...

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