Better software, better service, faster growth

October 2nd, 2019

Bob Fatahee, owner, and Mike Falahee, president, of Marygrove Roll Screens, discussed the importance of software technology for the manufacturing industry at Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla., during a pre-conference education session.  The presenters explained how technology has helped their company grow significantly and has allowed it to better compete with companies that offer quick...

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Follow the right steps to successfully bid on military contracts

October 2nd, 2019

The U.S. government is the largest buyer of goods and services in the world, and there are enough opportunities available for everyone to participate in military contract bidding, if you follow the right steps, according to Jennifer Fennell, CPM, director of procurement for Polo Custom Products, Topeka, Kan.  Fennell and Jeff Papalia, textiles program manager...

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Advanced protective garment systems benefit from a developmental approach

October 2nd, 2019

Marc Mathews, research associate with the Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) at North Carolina State University, discussed protective garment systems at IFAI Expo. Photo: IFAI Marc Mathews recalls his time as a Marine stationed in Iraq, where he wondered about the design and origins of the personal protective equipment (PPE) he wore. “Who made...

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IFAI Expo 2019: Growth through diversification

October 2nd, 2019

Bud Weisbart, vice president of AR Tech, Fontana, Calif., led the advanced textiles conference session “Growing through diversification into technical markets: from trash covers and truck covers to ground support and flight hardware,” presented Tuesday, Oct. 1, at IFAI Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla. The session explored how diversification based on core competencies—capabilities or advantages...

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IFAI Expo 2019 Keynote: ‘Choose people’ to make effective connections

October 2nd, 2019

Thom Singer, the keynote speaker at IFAI’s annual meeting on Wed., Oct. 2, at IFAI Expo, is clear about one thing: People want to do business with people they know, like and trust. And that connection won’t happen through second-hand tools offered on social media or other electronic sites. Singer, a consultant to executives and...

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New leadership for IFAI

October 2nd, 2019

Each year, the Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) follows a detailed process outlined in association bylaws for electing new board members. As recently announced at IFAI’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo in Orlando, the following individuals have been chosen to serve on the IFAI board of directors: Ron Houle, president...

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers designates priorities for disaster relief funding

October 1st, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced work that it will accomplish with Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies, Operation and Maintenance, and Mississippi River and Tributaries account funding provided for emergency recovery efforts in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations Disaster Relief Act, 2019, Public Law 116-20. The act was signed into law June 6, 2019....

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