Funding innovation: the Rhode Island Advanced Materials Innovation Center

October 11th, 2019

Governor Gina Raimondo recently joined with University of Rhode Island (URI) President David Dooley to announce $1 million in funding for the creation of the 401 Tech Bridge, the Rhode Island Materials Innovation Center. Industry partners will be able to work in the 401 Tech Bridge Center with the University of Rhode Island and entities...

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2019 Chairman’s Award winner: Scott Campbell, Rainier Industries

October 8th, 2019

The Chairman’s Award (originally, the President’s Award) is an honor bestowed by the chairman of IFAI to an individual that has had an extraordinary and meaningful impact on the association. It is rarely given, and awarded at the sole discretion of the IFAI chairman. At IFAI’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo 2019, IFAI chairman Steve...

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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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U.S. Department of Transportation overhauls century-old rule

September 27th, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has published an updated federal rule to give states more flexibility and choice in which products or services can be used on federally funded highway projects. The change is intended to improve safety and increase efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars. “This much-needed update of a century-old,...

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ASTM International releases new standard for electrical leak location in geomembranes

September 24th, 2019

ASTM International has released a new standard, ASTM D8265-19 Standard Practices for Electrical Methods for Mapping Leaks in Installed Geomembranes. These practices describe standard procedures for using electrical methods to locate leaks in geomembranes covered with liquid or earthen materials, which can be watered to cause leakage through the geomembrane. For more information or to...

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Get listed in the Geosynthetics 2020 Specifier’s Guide

September 15th, 2019

The annual call for listings in the Geosynthetics 2020 Specifier’s Guide opened September 16. Thousands of companies, engineers and government agencies turn to this annual guide to purchase products and services. This comprehensive resource lists suppliers of geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geosynthetic clay liners, drainage materials, geocells and erosion control materials, as well as services related...

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IFAI Expo 2018 show named as a Gold 100 Grand Award finalist

September 9th, 2019

Industrial Fabrics Association International’s (IFAI) Expo 2018 show has been announced as a finalist for Trade Show Executive Magazine’s Gold 100 Grand Award for the Do-Gooder award category for work with the Manufacturing for Good booth. The Do-Gooder category is specifically for shows that promote events for philanthropy or social causes. IFAI Expo 2018 made...

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Textile executives have roundtable with Congressman Tom Rice

August 21st, 2019

Congressman Tom Rice, member of the House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee, participated in a roundtable with textile executives on Aug. 21, 2019. They discussed the competitiveness of the domestic industry, outlined priority issues and explored ways to push for passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, S.C, hosted the event. Both...

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EPT and Erez form E Squared

August 8th, 2019

Engineered Polymer Technologies (EPT) and Erez Technical Textiles have announced a joint venture, forming a new company: E2. EPT and Erez combine their experience in U.S. manufacturing and Israeli business to expand operations and capabilities. E2 produces coated fabrics and polymers in a range of industries, including military, safety, air containment & inflatables, geomembranes, secondary...

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