Retractable room adds class

January 1st, 1970

By Sigrid Tornquist When Clive Wilkinson Architects asked Jim Miller and his team at J. Miller Canvas Inc. to create a room within a room that would descend from the ceiling when needed and retract when not needed, they welcomed the challenge. The classroom, which J. Miller designed, manufactured and installed in Virginia Commonwealth University, […]

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Kissel Boat Covers focuses on quality for business growth

January 1st, 1970

By Barb Ernster John Kissel, owner of Kissel Boat Covers in North Olmsted, Ohio, is not worried about competition or the economy. In fact, this will be his best year ever. Kissel started out with his dad’s company in 1974 and went on his own in 1986. It took him a while to understand the […]

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Choosing printing technology in today’s economy

January 1st, 1970

By Barb Ernster While everyone is painfully aware that many long-standing printing companies are no longer here, the economic roller coaster ride of the past two years has created a much savvier end user, according to David Hawkes, group product manager at Roland DGA Corp.. The key to longevity is evolution, and the ingredients of […]

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Benefits of running a sustainable business

January 1st, 1970

By Janice Kleinschmidt Besides addressing responsibility to the environment, there are additional benefits for the end product manufacturer that makes a commitment to operate more sustainably. Enhanced brand awareness and competitive advantage: 87 percent of respondents in a Brand Innovation for the New Consumer report said they are more likely to buy from companies that […]

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A guidebook for tent experts

January 1st, 1970

By Barb Ernster IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) publishes the Permit Reference Guide for tent installers to use for site specific tent installation. The guide discusses why you need a permit, the terms and process for permitting and the applicable codes for the type of event, such as the distance required between festival tents or […]

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The equipment-buying process

January 1st, 1970

Experts weigh in on how they help customers choose the right equipment. By Janice Kleinschmidt First steps When we first work with someone buying a machine, we do a lot of software work—those things they know ahead of time. After machines are running, they decide things they want to add on. —Bill Slyne, North Cutting […]

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Shrinkable fabric use expands

January 1st, 1970

By Holly O’Dell In some instances, objects being transported via flatbed trucks require a cover that can be wrapped tightly. To that end, Greg Todt developed Transhield Shrinkable Fabric™ 20 years ago to protect high-end paint jobs on loads such as vehicles, boats and industrial equipment that shipped over the road. Custom-designed for various applications, […]

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Specialty Fabrics Review interviews Gary Barners, co-owner of Tropical J’s

January 1st, 1970

Interview by Sigrid Tornquist Your company has a good track record with repeat business. To what do you attribute that? I don’t know how many times we’ve received calls from people saying: ‘We had this guy on the job and he won’t answer his phone and the job’s not done and we’re in trouble.’ Then […]

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Specialty Fabrics Review interviews Marc Shellshear, senior vice president of USA SHADE & Fabric Structures

January 1st, 1970

Interview by Sigrid Tornquist How did your nickname “Dr. Shade” come about? I don’t remember exactly how it started but, like many, I’ve been in the industry a long time. And though much of my focus now is on sales, I know a lot about the technical side of the business as well. People around […]

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Designing for the elements

January 1st, 1970

By Sigrid Tornquist To keep out rain and spray from the ocean while keeping the interior of the vessel comfortable is a common request made of marine fabricators like Cindy Boersema—but every vessel is different, requiring a different approach to the design. Owners of “The Midwestern” vessel requested an upper bridge enclosure that eliminates all […]

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