AASHTO announces passing of Kane

May 21st

On May 18, 2018, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced the death of Dr. Anthony R. “Tony” Kane, the former director of engineering and technical services of AASHTO. Kane died last week after battling a long illness. He was 72. Kane served in his role at AASHTO from 2001 to...

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O-I chooses steel reinforced geosynthetic drainage improvements for a Texas landfill

May 17th

In December 2017, Owens-Illinois, commonly known as O-I and one of the largest glassmakers in the world, took action to improve the drainage system for their glass container landfill situated near the company’s O-I Waco manufacturing facility in Waco, Texas, Contech Engineered Solutions said in a press release. The consulting engineer worked closely with the...

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SKAPS Industries acquires Matrix Composites

May 16th

SKAPS Industries of Athens, Ga., completed an agreement on May 1, 2018, to acquire Matrix Composites of Henderson, Ky., and Seguin, Texas. The acquisition includes all Matrix Composites technologies, operations and assets, SKAPS said. Matrix Composites, Inc. was started in 1996 in Henderson to produce woven fiberglass fabrics, SKAPS said. Under the ownership of Don...

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GMA and FGI to host part 2 of a webinar on the stability of geosynthetic lined slopes

May 15th

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), in collaboration with the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI), will present the second of this two-part, free webinar series on May 31, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will discuss the importance of geosynthetic interface strengths on slope stability, when to use peak and residual geosynthetic interface strengths, how to...

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Layfield Australia becomes exclusive Australian distributor for Seaman XR Geomembranes

May 14th

Layfield Australia along with the Seaman Corp. announced May 11, 2018, that both parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishing Layfield as the exclusive distributor of Seaman’s XR® Geomembrane product line in Australia. Both companies have shared a mutually beneficial relationship in North America for more than 25 years, with Layfield fabricating and...

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G & J Awning purchases Hoigaard’s Custom Canvas and Awning

May 10th

Gary Buermann and Beth Brenny, owners of G & J Awning, have announced the purchase of Hoigaard’s Custom Canvas and Awning, Plymouth, Minnesota. Hoigaard’s, an awning manufacturer, was founded 120 years ago and was one of fourteen companies that founded Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) in 1912. Approximately 6 months ago Buermann and Brenny, co-owners...

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International Achievement Awards submissions due June 30

May 9th

The International Achievement Awards (IAA) are an annual competition with a goal to promote awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications ranging in size and shape, including geosynthetics. For more than six decades, the awards have recognized innovation, technical skill and design excellence. Entries are judged by industry experts, editors,...

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GSI hosts webinar on MSE wall back drainage design

May 9th

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “MSE Wall Back Drainage Design,” on May 23, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. Within GSI’s database of 301 failed mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls reinforced with geogrids or geotextiles, 64% have failed due to water. Furthermore, 73% have been constructed with fine-grained silt...

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The Cutting Room

May 9th

June 12, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$79.00 for Nonmembers The presenters will cover four components used in a cutting room: digitizing, cutting, material handling and ROI. Learn what applications are best suited for full automation and how to implement them and increase your product volumes. Presenters Truy Pham Autometrix Inc. Truy “Tree”...

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Selling Quality Over Price

May 9th

June 20, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$75.00 for Nonmembers Learn about increasing your bottom line and how to encourage your clients to upgrade to better quality materials. Find out how upselling reflects company image, leads to future referrals and produces long-lasting products. Presenter Dave Callahan Granite State Cover & Canvas Inc. After...

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