New Rental Hall of Fame inductees

December 29th

Two industry veterans are slated to become the newest inductees into the American Rental Association Rental Hall of Fame. Art Moore, the founder of Snorkel, and Spencer Etzel, a visionary in tent rental now with Rainier, will be formally inducted during a ceremony at The Rental Show® on Feb. 27. Art Moore founded Snorkel Fire...

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Conant named ARA CEO

December 28th

Tony Conant has been named executive vice president/CEO of the American Rental Association (ARA) by the organization’s board of directors. He succeeded Christine Wehrman, who retired after 16 years with the association. Conant most recently served as chief operating officer at the Institute for Supply Management where he was responsible for enabling operational excellence across...

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Eco-friendly wearable electronics

December 27th

Researchers at the Cambridge Graphene Centre at the University of Cambridge and scientists at Jiangnan University, China, are developing more environmentally-friendly conductive textiles using graphene-based inks on cotton. The researchers created inks of chemically modified graphene flakes that are more adhesive to cotton fibers, similar to the way cotton holds colored dye. Most of the...

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Noonan named OMNOVA CEO

December 23rd

OMNOVA, Beechwood, Ohio, has named Anne P. Noonan president and CEO. Ms. Noonan succeeds Kevin M. McMullen who stepped down as chairman, CEO, president and member of the board of directors. Ms. Noonan will also be appointed to the board of directors. In connection with this leadership transition, the board has determined to separate the...

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SPESA elects new leadership

December 22nd

The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) elected new leadership to two-year terms at its annual executive conference in San Antonio in November. Sam Simpson, vice president of Gerber Technology was named chairman. Nina McCormack, vice president and CFO of DAP America, Inc. was named vice chairman. Secretary/treasurer is Ed Gribbin, president...

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Help NMMA reform the tax code

December 21st

NMMA wants to ensure recreational boating interests are represented, advocated for and protected in any tax policy debate. In order to accomplish this NMMA needs to know what tax policies our members want to protect, change or eliminate. To help get a better understanding, a brief, anonymous survey has been put together. Participation in the survey is...

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Lenzing first in sustainable wood sourcing

December 21st

The Lenzing Group, Lenzing, Austria, was rated number one worldwide for the procurement of wood, the key raw material in cellulose fiber production. The ranking was compiled by the Canadian non-profit environmental organization Canopy Planet Society, which cooperates with 68 leading retail brands in the textile industry and evaluates sustainable sourcing processes. Canopy assessed the...

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Outdura hires new design manager

December 20th

Outdura is pleased to introduce Gloria Tsocos as the company’s design manager. Gloria joined the company in 2015 in its contract fabric division. She began her career as a fabric designer in the home furnishing and hospitality markets,and over the years specialized in indoor and outdoor upholstery fabrics. She served as a Professor at the...

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Leigh Delaware Holdings launches SmartVista

December 20th

Leigh Delaware Holdings, the Welford, S.C., parent company of Leigh Fibers and ICE Recycling, has launched SmartVista LLC, a company that will develop new products and engineered solutions by repurposing materials that would otherwise be sent to landfills. The company’s first products are focused on sorbents for spill remediation. New products and services will be...

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Marine Fabricator Conference

December 19th

Online registration is open for the Marine Fabricator Conference 2017 from January 19–21 in Jacksonville, Fla. The annual three-day event features a variety of education and training from hands-on to classroom presentations covering topics including: Sewing Machine Maintenance, Patterning, Upholstery, Rigid Enclosures, Software and Business Management training and more. Attendees have numerous opportunities to connect...

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