Jeff Nichols promoted to operations supervisor for Dunlap’s U.S. Thread division

January 21st, 2020

Dunlap Industries Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeff Nichols to operations supervisor for its US Thread division. Nichols has worked with US Thread the past 12 years, plus several years part-time during his high school years. He has been an integral part of the company and has performed a variety of responsibilities,...

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Marine Fabricators Conference 2020 Creates Vibrant Buzz

January 21st, 2020

The 2020 Marine Fabricators Conference that took place Jan. 9–11 in Daytona Beach, Fla., created a vibrant buzz among the 269 verified participants, 46 exhibitors and 65 first-time attendees. Conference-goers enjoyed a wide variety of educational sessions, networking events, an impressive shop tour and the high-energy exhibitor show floor where they explored the newest innovations...

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GSI to host webinar on pond liners

January 20th, 2020

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “Pond Liner Design and Performance,” on Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. The first ponds lined with geomembranes were installed in the 1930s. That...

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GSI to host webinar on geosynthetic drainage materials

January 20th, 2020

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “Geosynthetic Drainage Materials: Applications, Design, Installation and Performance,” on Jan. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. Geosynthetic drainage materials consist of a drainage core (geonet...

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GeoCalgary abstract submission deadline extended to Jan. 31

January 17th, 2020

The Technical Subcommittee decided to extend the deadline for abstract submission until Jan. 31. Authors whose abstracts are accepted by the confer­ence’s Technical Subcommittee will be notified by Feb. 14 and will be invited to submit full papers. Abstracts should fall under the following geotechnical themes:  Soil Mechanics and FoundationsRock Mechanics and Engineering GeologyLandslides and GeohazardsMining...

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Jeff Newkirk Achieves MFC Certification

January 17th, 2020

New Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Advisory Board member Jeff Newkirk, owner of Precision Custom Canvas Inc., in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, achieved Master Fabrics Craftsman (MFC) certification in Marine in December 2019. This certification recognizes that Newkirk has attained the highest level of expertise in all phases of hands-on product design, craftsmanship and installation for...

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25th Anniversary Textile Roofs 2020

January 16th, 2020

The 25th anniversary of the International Workshop on Design and Practical Realization of Architectural Membrane Structures—Textile Roofs 2020—will be held May 18-20, 2020, at the Archenhold Observatory in Berlin, Germany. This year’s event is programmed to combine its traditional workshop and educational formats with several anniversary celebrations. Mornings will focus on business networking opportunities and...

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Trade in the cotton market

January 16th, 2020

The United States-China trade deal (Phase 1) signed in January raises hopes for the cotton sector. by Seshadri Ramkumar, Professor, Texas Tech University, USA On the day when the United States-China trade deal (Phase 1) was signed in Washington, D.C., cotton growers gathered for the Plains Cotton Growers’ Board meeting on Jan. 15 to talk...

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In Memoriam: Brooke H. Duncan II

January 15th, 2020

Brooke Helm Duncan II, a former chairman of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), passed away Jan. 13, 2020, at the age of 95. Duncan served on IFAI’s board of directors from 1959-1973, served as chairman (then called president) from 1970-71, and was awarded Honored Life Member status in 1973. A New Orleans native whose...

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Henderson Sewing Machine Co. hosts Department of Commerce officials

January 15th, 2020

From left to right: Frank Henderson, CEO of Henderson Sewing Machine; Lloyd Wood, Deputy Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials at the U.S. Commerce Department; Bill Jackson, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles in the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office; Bruce Moore, Henderson’s director of sales and marketing; and Mario Gauna, international sales and...

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NCTO responds to the signing of Phase One Deal on 301 tariffs

January 15th, 2020

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber though finished sewn products, released the following statement on the Phase One Deal on 301 tariffs signed Jan. 15 by the U.S. and China. “While we are still studying the details of the deal signed today, we applaud the...

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Miller Weldmaster adds radio frequency fabric welding solutions

January 13th, 2020

From left to right: Sylvester Korotynski, president of Zemat Technologies Group; Zach Ralson, head engineer, Miller Weldmaster Corp.; Brent Nussbaum, president of Miller Weldmaster. Miller Weldmaster Corp., Navarre, Ohio, a manufacturer of hot air, hot wedge and impulse welding, is proud to announce they will now be offering radio frequency welding solutions to their customers...

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MMI Textiles names Jeff Papalia vice president

January 13th, 2020

MMI Textiles Inc., a global diversified supplier of industrial and custom fabrics and textile components with military and tactical, medical, commercial and apparel expertise, has named Jeff Papalia as vice president. Papalia will be strategically located in North Carolina and will start with MMI on January 13, 2020. Papalia was selected for the new position...

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Steve Szenay appointed Serge Ferrari technical support manager

January 13th, 2020

Serge Ferrari announced that Steve Szenay has been promoted to Technical Support Manager for North America. Szenay will be responsible for disseminating technical information for all Serge Ferrari products sold in the United States and Canada, including product use, fabrication best- practices, maintenance and claim evaluation. In this newly created position, Szenay will be the...

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Dr. Ian D. Peggs retires

January 8th, 2020

After 40-plus years of geosynthetic materials performance consulting work, Dr. Ian D. Peggs has made the strategic decision to close I-CORP INTERNATIONAL for the foreseeable future and to retire. Dr. Peggs will continue his own research and development and technical support projects. Dr. Peggs was awarded an honorary membership in the International Geosynthetics Society at...

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