Marlen Textiles adds distributor

October 26th, 2016

Marlen Textiles, a New Haven, Mo.-based manufacturer of outdoor textiles, announced that Action Upholstery Supply will be a full line distributor of their products. Action Upholstery Supply, Sarasota, Fla., was established in 1987 and has grown into a nationwide distributor serving marine fabricators with top quality products. Stock, in a variety of colors of the […]

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HTS Clearspan Structure Systems sales team grows

October 25th, 2016

HTS Clearspan Structure Systems expanded its sales team. Now located in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla., two new sales managers have been added. Victor Manzano will be the sales manager for the US Mid-states and Canada. He brings more than 20 years of event industry experience to his new role. Dan DeLeo will be the sales manger for […]

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Marc Shellshear joins Value Vinyls

October 24th, 2016

Grand Prairie, Texas-based Value Vinyls, a provider of  industrial and structure fabrics, welcomed Marc Shellshear as its new director of sales—structure fabrics. Shellshear brings more than 20 years of expertise in the specialty textiles, architectural, engineering and construction industries to his new role. Previously, he was vice president of commercial sales at Gale Pacific Inc. […]

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State of the Makers, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

October 21st, 2016

Mary Hennessy, president of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), and Tatjana Hutnyak, board chair of The Makers Coalition (TMC), led a session on the show floor at IFAI Expo 2016 to talk with show participants about IFAI’s Makers Division, which is working in partnership with TMC to address an acute industry problem—the shortage of […]

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IFAI Expo 2016: Show Stopper winners

October 21st, 2016

Thursday morning at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year—including the 2016 winners of the Show Stopper program, recognizing the most innovative new products in the exhibit hall. Thomson Research Associates was recognized for Ultra-Fresh DM-25 in the category of chemicals, coatings and compounds. Fenetex won for its Adjustable Tracks for […]

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Details count when submitting government bids

October 21st, 2016

Teresa Bouchonnet knows a lot about doing business with the U.S. government. Bouchonnet is a retired U.S. Air Force major and former warranted contracting officer with the military. She is now a consultant for commercial manufacturers, and she shared her expertise Oct. 20 at the IFAI 2016 Expo in Charlotte, N.C. For businesses interested in […]

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Protect your competitive advantage using intellectual property

October 21st, 2016

According to Art MacCord, a patent lawyer with MacCord Mason, marketplace winners are those whose products are unique and desirable. MacCord shared information about protecting your company’s competitive advantage and product differentiation using intellectual property during a campfire session on Oct. 20 at IFAI Expo in Charlotte, N.C. Intellectual property law cannot bestow desirability, but […]

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The Future of Interior Textile Architecture: Optimistic Sustainability

October 21st, 2016

At a Campfire Session on Thursday, Oct. 20, on the show floor at IFAI Expo 2016, Cynthia Thompson, MFA, shared her thoughts on where the “built environment” is headed. Thompson is the founder of Transformit, a company based in Gorham, Maine, that designs and creates artistic and functional tensioned fabric structures and components. “In the […]

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A. Hoffman Awning donates to The Children’s Home

October 20th, 2016

A. Hoffman Awning Co., a Baltimore, Md., awning manufacturer, volunteered to design, manufacture and install a patio awning for The Children’s Home, a residential care facility for youth. The work was part of the Built Upon A Dream project, an effort sponsored by WMAR TV in Baltimore. Modeled in the spirit of the ABC Network’s […]

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Delivering world-class customer service

October 20th, 2016

“Lessons from the Mouse” Dennis Snow, the author of the business book “Lessons from the Mouse,” spent roughly 20 years at Disney, working his way up from playing Captain Nemo (driving the submarine) and staffing the “It’s a Small World” ride to management. Now, as the head of Snow & Associates Inc. and a well-known […]

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