Rainier moves to larger headquarters

September 1st, 2008

When showcasing shelter solutions such as tents, yurts and fabric cottages, a bigger facility is better. In July, Rainier Industries, Seattle, Wash., moved a short distance from its previous headquarters into a new 140,000-square-foot facility with ample space for five in-house divisions (wood, fabric, frame, print and technical), showrooms and a Yurt Village. Rainier manufactures […]

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Taylor Made Products sponsors Earthrace

August 1st, 2008

In late April, a 78-foot wave-piercing trimaran running on biodiesel fuel set out on a trip around the world to break a speed record of 75 days. Earthrace sponsor Jason Pajonk, president of Taylor Made Products, Gloversville, N.Y., part of the Taylor Made Group Inc., will be cheering on-shore for the carbon-neutral eco boat. The […]

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Shade top kits accommodate inflatable boats

August 1st, 2008

A fun-and-sun day on an inflatable boat can lead to a toss-and-turn night with severe sunburn. Taylor Made Products, Gloversville, N.Y., supplier of marine aftermarket products, can intercept some of those damaging rays with new shade tops that accommodate inflatable boat widths up to 5 feet 7 inches and lengths up to 10 feet 8 […]

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Towels extend lives of canvas tops and enclosures

August 1st, 2008

With proper care, boat owners can extend the useful lives of their canvas boat tops and enclosures. Shurhold’s microfiber towels come in a variety three-pack: The extra-strong orange towel serves for effective washing and cleaning; the super-soft dark blue towel is recommended for polishing and shining; and the lint-free light blue towel is best for […]

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Coated polyester fabric protects rafts and inflatable kayaks

August 1st, 2008

Problem: Commercial whitewater rafting exposes materials to extreme conditions: rock and sand abrasion, daily use, high UV light, constant high pressures and tensions. Manufacturers of rafts and inflatable kayaks want a premium material that performs better than existing PVC boats. Solution: The new generation Hypalon® coated polyester fabric benefits from new technology for bonding the […]

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Hydrostatic resistance provides breathability

July 1st, 2008

Problem: Marine covers develop mildew because urethane-coated, solution-dyed polyester lacks breathability. Solution: WeatherMax 80 has a hydrostatic resistance twice that of acrylics and remains naturally breathable. It provides a balance of water resistance, breathability and color retention equal to acrylics. SOURCE Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc.

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Coil zipper resists moisture and rust

July 1st, 2008

Problem: In products exposed to rain or salt, zippers rust and stick. Solution: The RainDefyer™ #10 coil zipper features a three-mil-thick polyurethane coating that provides a moisture-resistant barrier. The slider and pin/box of marine-grade 316 polished stainless steel are corrosion-free in the most demanding outdoor environments. SOURCE Lenzip Manufacturing Corp.

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Affordable vinyl seats resist UV and mildew

July 1st, 2008

Problem: Customers want high-quality marine seating vinyls at competitive prices. Solution: The new Midship Marine Vinyl, Midship Neutrals, combines 1500 hours UV resistance, mildew resistance and very competitive pricing in the most popular marine colors. SOURCE J. Ennis Fabrics

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Erickson values employees in creating a successful business

June 1st, 2008

“I believe that as responsible corporate citizens, we must provide living wages for our employees,” says Mike Erickson, MFC, president and owner of Canvas Designers Inc. in Riviera Beach, Fla., who, in fact, pays his staff above the industry standard. “I want employees who stay on long term.” And that’s exactly what he’s got, along […]

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Photo-catalytic fabric retains color on canvas surfaces

May 1st, 2008

Dynastar photo-catalytic fabric, developed by Kanbo, and made with titanium dioxide, enables the canvas surface to keep its original color for years. The titanium layer acts as a photo-catalyst when exposed to UV rays, oxygen and water, renewing the surface. The fabric is hot air and RF weldable. SOURCE Kanbopras Corp.

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