Unconventional tents offer exceptional features

March 14th

Stretch Marquees and Fabric Structures fabricated this custom inflated rectangular structure to house entertainment sponsored by Jägermeister at a music festival in New Zealand. Photo courtesy of Stretch Marquees and Fabric Structures. Tents that are less common in conventional inventories can help rental businesses open up new markets. A unique product won’t be right for...

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On the horizon for marine tension shades

March 13th

Canvas shops around the country have seen an increase in demand for tension shades versus fixed-frame structures such as biminis. Boat owners like sun protection with less obstructive framing and the modern look of shade sails. Fabricators who have been installing tension shades are already looking at where the market is heading and where the...

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Textiles in hybrids

March 12th

Manufacturers are finding new ways to enhance product performance with textiles. As the demands made on textiles have increased, the nature of what is defined as “textile” has greatly expanded, often including non-textiles or treating them in a textile manner. Hybrids that bring together different materials and processes can offer the benefit of conventional textiles...

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David Murray at Fiesta Tents goes for the gold

March 1st

Inspired by tented horse stalls at an Olympic Games, David Murray launched a tent business that has evolved far beyond those initial dreams—and keeps evolving. Running a business is hard work. There’s always a time when you’ve got to change the way you’re doing things,” says David Murray, founder and president of Fiesta Tents Ltd....

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When performance matters most

February 26th

Testing is a complex and critical part of the manufacturing process for protective and occupational gear. NC State University utilizes advanced testing equipment designed and manufactured by Thermetrics LLC to evaluate the performance of protective gear used in potentially life-threatening events. Photo: Thermetrics LLC. It may be impossible to guarantee personal protective equipment (PPE) in...

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Arena Americas scores with America’s Cup

February 21st

The 35th Louis Vitton America’s Cup World Series provided the perfect venue for Arena Americas to demonstrate its creativity with an ambitious installation. Every spectacular event comes with certain challenges, and the 2016 Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Chicago, Ill., was no different. Held in fresh water for the first time in its...

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New IFAI chairman Steve Ellington shares his vision for the Industrial Fabrics Association International

November 1st

Photos by 2017 ©Mark Skalny Photography. All rights reserved. With the geopolitical challenges and opportunities the specialty fabrics industry faces, we, as an association, need to make sure that we continue to educate our members and provide them with opportunities,” says Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC, Glen Raven’s distribution and marketing services subsidiary in...

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Does “Made in the USA” matter in the sewn-goods industry?

August 30th

A flexible approach to contract sewing has helped Jonco Industries, Milwaukee, Wis., navigate the decline of sewing manufacturing in the U.S. The company is currently manufacturing custom tool pouches and toolbox covers, school uniforms, hats, specialty backpacks, car seat covers and changing blankets. Photo: Jonco Industries Inc. A 2015 survey by Consumer Reports indicates that...

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Know-how now

July 24th

PUAM held one of its meetings at Twin Cities Upholstery in Fridley, Minn., where attendees were given a demonstration of a computerized cutting table. Photo: Professional Upholsterers’ Association of Minnesota. Experienced upholsterers consider the loss of training in their trade, and how to bring in new talent. With 39 years in the upholstery industry, Chip...

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An education in upholstery

July 24th

Cynthia Bleskachek, owner of The Funky Little Chair in St. Paul., Minn., offers pointers to a student in one of her upholstery classes. Photo: Steve Foley. The owner of The Funky Little Chair sets out to preserve quality and services by offering upholstery classes at her shop. “The Funky Little Chair” could be the title...

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