Milliken & Company to acquire Polartec from Versa Capital Management

June 14th, 2019

Milliken & Company, a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of textile expertise, announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Polartec LLC, a global brand known for its innovative performance textiles for outdoor and military apparel, from Versa Capital Management LLC. The acquisition is expected to close in...

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Milliken & Company acquires Andover Healthcare

June 14th, 2019

Milliken & Company, a global innovation company with more than a century of performance and protective textile, specialty chemical and floor covering expertise, has acquired Andover Healthcare, a manufacturer of cohesive bandages and compression systems spanning health care, animal health and sports medicine markets. Joining Milliken Healthcare Products LLC, Milliken & Company’s dedicated health care...

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NCTO and AAFA opposing proposed tariffs on Mexico

June 5th, 2019

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) sent a letter June 5 to U.S. President Donald J. Trump, opposing the proposed escalation in tariffs for all U.S. imports from Mexico. As the representatives of the apparel and textile supply chain, the organizations represent hundreds of thousands of American...

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Carhartt partners with ISAIC to support skills and labor for the sewn trades

May 24th, 2019

Carhartt, a premium workwear brand, has announced that it is partnering with the Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center (ISAIC) by dedicating the third floor of its Cass Avenue, Detroit, retail location to the organization. In addition, the company is also making an in-kind donation of apparel manufacturing equipment to help support the organization’s launch plans....

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Lydall divests geosynthetic installation business

May 23rd, 2019

Lydall Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Texel Technical Materials Inc. (“Lydall”), announced today that it completed the sale of Texel Geosol Inc. (“Geosol”) on May 9, 2019, to FC Géosynthétiques Inc. (“FC”). Geosol installs geosynthetic products in the civil engineering and environmental protection sectors, principally within the province of Quebec, Canada. “The divestiture of Geosol...

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OFPANZ annual conference, July 25-27, New Zealand

May 22nd, 2019

The Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ) will hold its 2019 Annual Conference at the Napier War Memorial Conference Center in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, on July 25-27. The conference will bring together a diverse range of speakers and workshops, offering a variety of educational, social and professional networking opportunities, including the annual...

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GSI releases request-for-proposals for graduate student fellowships

April 30th, 2019

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) announces a worldwide request-for-proposals (RFPs) focusing on innovative geosynthetics research and development projects. There will be several awards given, each for $5,000. Emphasis will be placed on relevant topics of interest and/or concern to the geosynthetics community.  The proposals must be submitted in the following four-page format: Page 1: Letter of...

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Christine York appointed program manager for NSF International’s Textiles Sustainability Services

April 29th, 2019

Global public health organization NSF International has appointed Christine York as program manager for NSF’s textiles sustainability program. York’s experience in sustainability initiatives at global textile, apparel and footwear organizations advances NSF’s commitment to bring innovative sustainability solutions to the textile industry. Christine York In the new role, York will lead the continued growth of...

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Remembering Dan Dix

April 29th, 2019

Dan Dix, innovation and technical manager of Herculite Products Inc., Emigsville, Pa., passed away April 23. Dix served as director and vice chair of the Fabric Graphics Association board of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). He was well known for his sense of humor and gregarious laugh. Through his encouragement, Dix inspired others in the...

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Family Investment Group acquires Propex European operations

April 10th, 2019

Family Investment Group, which specializes in polymer woven and nonwoven fabrics and coatings, announced it has acquired all controlling interest in Propex Operating Company LLC’s (“Propex”) European operations and will be renamed Propex Furnishing Solutions. The agreement also includes the rights to purchase the furnishings business in the U.S., which is expected to be exercised...

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