Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc.: Outstanding Specialty Subcontractor of the Year

May 5th, 2015

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council announced the winners of its Masquerade Ball Awards Gala on April 11, 2015, hosting almost 400 people at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Mo., for the annual event. Four categories of awards were given: General Contractor of the Year, Outstanding Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Subcontractor,...

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Birdair introduces Purify Mesh 30 membrane

May 4th, 2015

The membrane on this project is a PVC mesh membrane, but it does not have the TiO2 photocatalyst coating. At this time, there are no current projects that are using the Purify 30 Mesh product. Photo: Birdair Inc. Taiyo Kogyo Corp. has launched Purify Mesh 30, which the company says is the world’s first PVC...

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The future of U.K. textile manufacturing

May 1st, 2015

Study predicts the industry will create 20,000 jobs by 2020. The biggest study in 20 years on supply and demand in U.K. textile manufacturing predicts that the industry will create 20,000 jobs by 2020 if current growth trends continue. The Alliance Project, a not-for-profit organization established to study the future of textiles in the U.K.,...

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Finding new sources in Africa

May 1st, 2015

Major brands are sourcing apparel from Ethiopia and Kenya. Major brands, such as U.K.-based George (part of Walmart), Sweden-based H&M and U.S.-based Phillips-Van Heusen, are sourcing apparel from Ethiopia and Kenya, according to the latest issue of Textile Outlook International from business information company Textiles Intelligence. Rising wages in China, labor unrest in Cambodia and...

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Safeguarding ideas

May 1st, 2015

Clients may wander to other companies, but your ideas don’t need to go with them. It’s an occupational hazard for event planners and tent rental businesses. You spend no small amount of usually unbillable time developing an event design for a prospective client, only to have that person wander away—your ideas in hand—to a different...

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Canopy sheds Northern Lights on events

May 1st, 2015

PTFE fiberglass membrane is Energy Star® and Cool Roof Rating Council certified because it provides cooling by reflecting the sun’s rays and (in some membrane grades) can warm by absorbing 14 percent of the sun’s energy and 7 percent of re-radiated solar heat. Photo: Birdair Inc. MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray, Alberta, is Canada’s...

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A wheel good idea

May 1st, 2015

The CEO of the Takata Corp. of Japan testified before a U.S. Congressional enquiry about approximately 12 million American automobiles with defective airbags featuring inflators that can explode, shooting out metal and plastic pieces. Five people have died, with multiple injuries reported worldwide because of exploding Takata airbags. This raises concerns for firefighters and first...

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Forethought: Face forward

May 1st, 2015

As I was reading through the 1965 copies of Canvas Products Review for this month’s “Future History,” an article in the November issue celebrating the magazine’s 50th anniversary caught my attention: a recap of a report from the very first issue of The National Tent and Awning Manufacturers REVIEW about the Fourth Annual Convention in...

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Storefront suggests shape of art to come

May 1st, 2015

The Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, N.Y., launched its 2015 season by hosting a unique showcase that asks artists to reveal something about the genesis of their art. The first BLUEPRINT exhibit in 1999 brought together the work of young, ambitious artists, introducing them through their “blueprints” for their futures. For its...

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Generations at work

May 1st, 2015

We’re not from different planets, though sometimes it seems so. There are ways to work together effectively. When you interview that candidate, do you invite the parents? Forty- and 50-something jaws might drop, but executive recruiter Eric Herrenkohl says two of his big-company clients want to talk to Mom and Dad at the interview as...

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