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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What’s happening to the military textile market

October 1st

Decreased budgets are a reality, but markets exist for new and innovative products. Survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialists wait before performing static line jumps as the door of a C-130 Hercules, assigned to Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., opens over the Nevada Test and Training Range, Nev., March 11, 2016. SERE specialists lead the Air...

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Pete Weingartner builds a team to deliver turn-key projects and target continued growth

October 1st

Photos by Matt Witherspoon | OMS Photography Even if projects are going well I try to improve them. I want to find a way to do things better; to do things faster,” says , president of Queen City Awning, Cincinnati, Ohio. “One of the ways I do that is by attending IFAI Expo and reading...

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Nonwovens reach beyond their beginnings as disposables

October 1st

Sandler’s liquid- and dirt-repellent sawasorb® exterior nonwovens are used as lightweight acoustical absorbers for automobile applications such as engine covers and wheel-house liners. Photo: Sandler AG. While he was managing nonwovens research and development at 3M, David Nelson observed an irony surrounding the technology with which he had been involved for 35 of his 40...

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The future workforce

October 1st

A Makers completed curriculum and a nationally registered apprenticeship program are in the final approval stages. The next generation of skilled sewers is in the works. Sewing instructor Angela Herrera teaches upholstery skills in Tarrant County College NW’s summer course, Career Exploration Camp. The course provides students entering 7th and 8th grades the opportunity to...

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There are right and wrong ways to fix a shade structure in place

September 1st

Commuters on the metro transit bus system in Mesa, Ariz., can appreciate the relief from the sun provided by the West Mesa Park and Ride. A dynamic crisscrossed row of curved red steel masts support the white fabric shade canopies over the bus passenger waiting platform. Detail: Stainless steel clevis ends connect the catenary edge...

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Blair Belluomo brings a strong and appreciative management style to the family business

September 1st

Photography by Marvin Shaouni I went to school with many kids whose parents had businesses, and they thought that just because their parents ran a successful business, they could just step in and be successful as well,” says Blair Belluomo, owner and president of Belle Isle Awning in Roseville, Mich. “So many of them failed because...

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Textile manufacturers respond to the need for flexible medical and biomedical products

September 1st

FIT Scrubs® uses silver-embedded yarn from PurThread Technologies Inc. to make antimicrobial scrubs for health care workers. Photo: ©PurThread Technologies Inc./Courtesy of FITScrubs. In the world of bad news/good news scenarios, one can hardly find a more salient example than that presented in the medical arena. Technological advances are gaining traction amid the growing threats...

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