IFAI’s COVID-19 Resource Center will be updated frequently in the days and weeks ahead to keep industry professionals abreast of news and critical information. Please contact Rebecca Post, IFAI’s editorial director, with news and information for the web site at bjpost@ifai.com

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April 3, 2020
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Government and agency information

President Trump promotes face masks to fight COVID-19
April 3, 2020
The Trump administration is recommending that many Americans wear face mask to slow COVID-19 infection rates. ...read more

Brown to Administration: Drop Duty Deferral Plan, Support U.S. Manufacturers
April 2, 2020
Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) wrote to the Trump Administration asking that it drop reported plans to ...read more

SBA and Treasury begin mobilization efforts to distribute funds
April 1, 2020
Following President Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act...read more

Full text of CARES Act available for review
March 30, 2020
The U.S. Congress has posted the full text of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). ...read more

Accounting resources to explain CARES Act
March 30, 2020
The CPA Practice Advisor has posted a helpful summary of the most massive stimulus bill in American history—th...read more

Economic stimulus offers resources for businesses and individuals
March 30, 2020
President Donald Trump has signed the largest economic stimulus package in U.S. history. The $2.2 trillion pac...read more

Comprehensive listing of government websites
March 27, 2020
FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with numerous online listings related to...read more

FEMA calls for PPE solicitations
March 27, 2020
Lloyd Wood, with the International Trade Administration, U.S. Dept. of Commerce (www.trade.gov) has n...read more

Families first coronavirus response act (FFCRA) national online dialogue
March 27, 2020
Thank you for continuing to follow the Women’s Bureau for important ...read more

USTR invites public comments to identify additional products for coronavirus response
March 24, 2020
Throughout the process of administering its Section 301 action to combat China’s acts, policies and practices ...read more

NCSL tracks state fiscal responses to COVID-19
March 23, 2020
As the global and national response to COVID-19 dominates public attention, state legislatures are taking step...read more

Sherrod Brown releases plan to address PPE and medical shortages
March 23, 2020
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has released his plan for addressing the shortage of personal protective equ...read more

FDA continues to facilitate access to crucial medical products
March 23, 2020
On March 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took significant action to help increase the availability o...read more

Department of Labor offers COVID-19 resources
March 22, 2020
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for impacts related to the CO...read more

Defense Product Act invoked to expand medical supplies
March 18, 2020
On Wednesday, March 18, U.S. President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Product Act (DPA) to speed up and expa...read more


Financial information and assistance

Supply chain management has new emphasis with COVID-19
April 2, 2020
Harvard Business Review takes a look at how COVID-19 is impacting companies’ supply chains. Business experts r...read more

Facebook, others launch grant programs for small businesses
April 1, 2020
Facebook announced a $100 million program to help small businesses affected by coronavirus. The grants will be...read more

Application process for Paycheck Protection Program opens Friday
April 1, 2020
Starting Friday, April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for the Small Business Administr...read more

How the $2.2 trillion aid package gets funded
March 31, 2020
Now that President Donald Trump has signed the $2.2 trillion CARE Act in response to COVID-19, questions are b...read more

Financial resources for small businesses
March 23, 2020
America’s SBDC, the association that represents the country’s nationwide network of Small Business Development...read more

Small Business Administration responds to COVID-19
March 22, 2020
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the Ameri...read more

Bank-information announced for COVID-19
March 22, 2020
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is working with federal and state banking agencies, as well a...read more


Textile industry updates and news

Pattern hub now available
April 6, 2020
Sewn products industry organization SEAMS reports that, as it has been engaged with its members in helping to ...read more

U.S. tent and structure manufacturers unite with the special events industry to address the COVID-19 pandemic
April 3, 2020
The special events industry stands poised to address surging capacity needs of the U.S. health care infrastruc...read more

Urgent need for PPE patterns and specifications
April 3, 2020
Any patterns or other information will be added to IFAI’s COVID-19 Resources Center page with credit given to ...read more

Top tips for operating a specialty fabrics business during a pandemic
April 1, 2020
IFAI Division Webinars this week are bringing together diverse members of the specialty fabrics industry to di...read more

Drexel U. works to fill critical need for masks and respirators
April 1, 2020
Drexel University design professor Genevieve Dion shifted 3D knitting machines from a Dept. of Defense project...read more

ASTM providing free access to COVID-19-related standards
April 1, 2020
ASTM International is providing no-cost public access to important ASTM standards used in the production and t...read more

Vertilux producing face mask kits: sewers needed!
March 31, 2020
Vertilux, headquartered in Miami, Fla, is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of fabrics, compon...read more

MMI providing critical supply chain services to medical industry
March 31, 2020
As a global supplier to the diverse textile market, MMI Textiles, headquartered in Westlake, is often called ...read more

Supply chains get tripped up due to “essential” and “non-essential” designation
March 30, 2020
The need for more medical textile products, such as face masks and hospital gowns, has been well publicized si...read more

IPC to host weekly Zoom meetings
March 30, 2020
IPC, a global associations that serves the electronics industry, has launched an online community and will hos...read more

The textile industry moves quickly to provide critical supplies to fight COVID-19
March 30, 2020
This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that caus...read more

YKK Partners with customers to manufacture products for COVID-19 relief
March 27, 2020
As COVID-19 strains the health care and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) industries in the United States, Y...read more

SCORE launches coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Resource Center
March 27, 2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert b...read more

Massachusetts companies work together to produce PPE masks
March 27, 2020
SX Industries has reached an agreement with a one of the largest Massachusetts manufacturers to produce masks ...read more

Access new global online platform for PPE needs
March 26, 2020
Insum, a Montreal software company, launched a global online platform to allow healthcare facilities worldwide...read more

IFAI Is Here to Support Your Sourcing Needs
March 25, 2020
IFAI is here to support your sourcing needs during the COVID-19/Coronavirus crisis and year round....read more

SEAMS announces collaborative efforts for PPE products
March 25, 2020
SEAMS, the association for the U.S. sewn products Industry, has announced a community program for manufacturer...read more

Update Regarding Industry Survey of PPE and Other Critical Supply Production
March 24, 2020
As you are aware, IFAI, NCTO and INDA conducted a member survey to develop a listing of suppliers of medical...read more

Message from INDA regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 23, 2020
INDA is committed to safe working principles for our members, our staff and the industry as a whole....read more

Smart Fabrics Summit goes virtual
March 23, 2020
Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus, there will no longer be an in-person summit in Washington D.C....read more

IFAI offers template letter for shelter-in-place orders
March 23, 2020
IFAI and other industry associations have been working with officials at the highest levels of the White House...read more

ARA COVID-19 survey report; free webinars the week of March 23
March 23, 2020
The effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) are significantly impacting the equipment and event rental industry....read more

Beverly Knits joins coalition for produce face masks
March 23, 2020
Beverly Knits Inc. is proud to be involved in the effort led by Hanes and Parkdale to help support the fight a...read more

GeoAmericas 2020 moved to October due to coronavirus outbreak
March 17, 2020
After extensive evaluation and broad debate with IGS and representatives of the main supporters of the event d...read more

Coalition of apparel brands and textile companies heeds call for medical face masks
March 22, 2020
A coalition of iconic American apparel brands and textile companies, responding to the urgent call of the Whit...read more

IFAI and U.S. textile/nonwoven associations urge government to deem manufacturing facilities “essential”
March 20, 2020
Industrial Fabrics International Association (IFAI) and two other U.S. textile and nonwoven associations issue...read more

Glen Toepfer hosting webinar on avoiding project delays in an era of COVID-19
March 23, 2020
Glen Toepfer will sponsor a free webinar on avoiding COVID-19-related project delays, on March 27 at 1 p.m. ED...read more

Florida Keys shut down due to coronavirus
March 23, 2020
The Florida Keys are closed to visitors, including all hotels and other lodging establishments...read more

Miami-Dade mayor orders boat ramps and marinas closed amid coronavirus
March 23, 2020
The Miami Herald is reporting that the mayor of Miami-Dade County has announced the closure of all marinas and...read more


IFAI member updates

IFAI, NCTO, INDA Launch COVID-19 Production Capacity Database
April 6, 2020
Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), along with The National Council of Textile Organizations ...read more

New COVID-19 procurement guidance announced from DHS and FEMA
March 30, 2020
We have received updated information from the federal government regarding COVID-19 procurement. This new guid...read more

Industry Coalition Update on Government Procurement of Medical Goods
March 25, 2020
As you are aware IFAI, NCTO, INDA, and SEAMS conducted a member survey to develop a listing of suppliers of...read more

Take part in medical textile sourcing center
March 24, 2020
This past weekend, Americas Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPN) opened an online SOURCING CENTER connecting...read more

IFAI Member Forum Webinars set
March 24, 2020
We encourage you to take part in an open conversation with other members about the COVID-19/Coronavirus...read more

IFAI president responds to Coronavirus, adjusts upcoming events
March 17, 2020
As concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, I want all IFAI members to know we are closely monitoring...read more


Products, Services, and Equipment

Herculite and Strataglass offer DIY designs for protective equipment
April 3, 2020
Strataglass and Herculite are offering designs for PPE products. The designs are for face shields and protecto...read more

Milliken pivots textile manufacturing to produce advanced medical PPE
April 2, 2020
Global textile manufacturer Milliken & Company is leveraging its materials science expertise to manufacture mu...read more

Morito-Scovill Americas shifts focus to fight COVID-19
April 1, 2020
Morito Scovill Americas (MSA) has shifted focus to help in the production of PPE to fight COVID-19 infection. ...read more

Gerhing-Tricot available to produce medical and other textiles
April 1, 2020
Gerhing-Tricot available to produce medical and other textiles...read more

Gerber announces industry-wide PPE resource website – including patterns
March 31, 2020
SEAMS member company, Gerber Te...read more

Miller Weldmaster welders available for medical products
March 31, 2020
Miller Weldmaster has T300 Extreme and T600 Extreme welders for near-immediate shipment to help companies with...read more

Top Value Fabrics lists fabric availability
March 27, 2020
Top Value Fabrics (TVF) offers several non-medical grade fabrics that can be used for gowns and could help red...read more

Inflatable, self-erecting IsoTent available from Flexitank Australia
March 26, 2020
Flexitank Australia, owned by FloatPac, announces the immediate release of a new range of inflatable, self-ere...read more

Information on PPE Product Specifications for Manufacturing
March 25, 2020
In the rapidly evolving regulatory environment involving COVID-19 procurement of Personal Protective Equipment...read more

Gerber Technology supporting companies transitioning to PPE manufacturing
March 25, 2020
Based on its successful initiative in China, Gerber Technology has announced the creation of the Gerber PPE Ta...read more

Devan offers antiviral solutions for textiles to support and protect professional workers
March 25, 2020
Over the past few weeks, Devan has received a lot of questions regarding an antiviral solution for textiles ag...read more

Kamber offers machine conversions
March 25, 2020
Kamber Narrow Fabric Machinery LLC is helping clients quickly transition to provide desperately needed medical...read more

Decontamination wipe could help coronavirus cleanup
March 25, 2020
A decontamination wipe invented by a Texas Tech University researcher to clean up toxic agents also could clea...read more

Israeli startup produces anti-pathogen fabric
March 25, 2020
An Israeli start-up company that developed an anti-pathogen fabric that could be used in masks to stop the spr...read more

Shima Seiki releases knitting data for WHOLEGARMENT® mask
March 25, 2020
In light of the recent worldwide shortage of surgical masks due to the spread of COVID­-19, flat-knitting solu...read more

HeiQ Viroblock technology can combat coronavirus
March 25, 2020
HeiQ has recently launched HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03, an antiviral and antimicrobial textile treatment that has tes...read more

MRA offers free HR-related toolkit for employers
March 24, 2020
MRA, a larger employer association, is offering an online toolkit to help employers with best practices to hel...read more

Fasnap Corp. declared a critical manufacturer
March 24, 2020
In collaboration with federal, state and local authorities, Fasnap Corp. has been declared a critical manufact...read more

MMI Textiles shares list of available medical inventory
March 24, 2020
Shawn McCollum, director of sales and business development at MMI Textiles, has announced that the company is ...read more

DLA sources sought for PPE by 5 p.m. EST
March 24, 2020
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Troop Support Clothing & Textiles Directorate is conducting market research...read more

Gerard Systems offers sewing assistance on gowns and masks
March 23, 2020
Girard Systems, an RV awning manufacturer in San Clemente, Calif., is offering assistance in producing COVID-1...read more

Gauze fabric needed for medical order
March 23, 2020
SEAMS member Carolina Cotton Works is trying to fill a medical supply order and needs 2M+ yards of the gauze f...read more

New York governor requesting PPE
March 22, 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is requesting a critical need for personal protective equipment (PPE) including...read more


Training and conferences

Friday webinar on how federal stimulus package helps boating industry businesses
March 31, 2020
The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) will present a webinar on Friday, April 3, about how the ...read more

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan webinar set April 3
March 31, 2020
Learn about the Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan for organizations financially impa...read more

Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas postponed until October 2020
March 31, 2020
Earlier this month, organizers of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas announced that the co-locat...read more

Recovery Efforts for Small and Mid-Size Businesses
March 25, 2020
Here is what we will be addressing...read more


Sourcing questions and opportunities


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