Makers Division member CustomFab USA recognizes the soft goods industry by founding National Contract Sewing Month

July 17th, 2020

Soft goods manufacturers are encouraged to celebrate National Contract Sewing Month in July, recognizing the millions of U.S. workers involved in the industry.  The founder of National Contract Sewing Month is Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Makers Division member CustomFab USA, of Garden Grove, Calif., a contract sewing company involved in the manufacturing of soft […]

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Dunlap Industries to complete annual ISO recertification

March 25th, 2020

Dunlap Industries Inc., Dunlap, Tenn., is focused on investments in quality control to provide additional assurance to customers about the company’s drive for continuous improvement and customer satisfaction while delivering innovative, high quality and customer-focused textile trim solutions. In 2015, Dunlap transitioned its certification to ISO 9001:2015. The move from ISO 9001:2008 to the updated […]

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IFAI Member Forum Webinars set

March 24th, 2020

IFAI division members are invited to attend a Member Forum Webinar. We encourage you to take part in an open conversation with other members about the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic and discuss how your company is doing/navigating through this situation.  Discussion questions include: What practices are you implementing to keep staff working further apart and at a […]

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Message from INDA regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 23rd, 2020

Dear Colleagues, INDA is committed to safe working principles for our members, our staff and the industry as a whole. We are all making adjustments in our business to minimize the impacts and spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are carefully monitoring and following the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, and the North […]

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NCSL tracks state fiscal responses to COVID-19

March 23rd, 2020

As the global and national response to COVID-19 dominates public attention, state legislatures are taking steps to address budgetary and economic threats. To find current state by state information, The National Conference of State Legislatures website outlines state budget legislation to prepare and respond to the coronavirus through supplemental appropriations, rainy day fund transfers and […]

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Financial resources for small businesses

March 23rd, 2020

America's SBDC, the association that represents the country’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), is working to help small businesses address the business challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. It has compiled a list of excellent resources for small businesses looking for information about disaster recovery loans, protecting the safety of workers and customers, […]

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Gerard Systems offers sewing assistance on gowns and masks

March 23rd, 2020

Girard Systems, an RV awning manufacturer in San Clemente, Calif., is offering assistance in producing COVID-19 supplies.  Monica Girard says, "My mother, Marcia Girard, is the owner, and was just notified the RV industry is closing their doors for the next two weeks. We have warehouses that are currently sewing fabrics for hundreds of awnings each […]

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IFAI offers template letter for shelter-in-place orders

March 23rd, 2020

Dear IFAI member, I hope you are doing well and staying healthy during the COVID-19 crisis. IFAI and other industry associations have been working with officials at the highest levels of the White House, the administration and senior congressional officials, who have enlisted our industry's help to meet the country's needs for medical-related personal protective equipment […]

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Beverly Knits joins coalition for produce face masks

March 23rd, 2020

Beverly Knits Inc. is proud to be involved in the effort led by Hanes and Parkdale to help support the fight against COVID-19. Working with a coalition of textile companies, the company is ramping up production in the U.S. to provide face masks for health care workers on the frontlines. With the combined efforts of […]

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FDA continues to facilitate access to crucial medical products

March 23rd, 2020

On March 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took significant action to help increase the availability of ventilators and accessories, as well as other respiratory devices, during the COVID-19 pandemic to support patients with respiratory failure or difficulty breathing. “The FDA’s new actions will mean America can make more ventilators during this crisis,” said Health and […]

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Smart Fabrics Summit goes virtual

March 23rd, 2020

Enjoy the summit via a 2-day webinar format  Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus, there will no longer be an in-person summit in Washington D.C. However, we invite you to attend the Summit virtually. The Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit 2020 features the same great content that the in-person event offers, and you can enjoy it from the comfort of […]

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Gauze fabric needed for medical order

March 23rd, 2020

SEAMS member Carolina Cotton Works is trying to fill a medical supply order and needs 2M+ yards of the gauze fabric pictured below. If you have this fabric, please contact:Stacey Bridges at CCWSBridges@carolinacotton.comCCW Plant/Office14 Commerce Dr.Gaffney, SC 29340864-488-2824 x108

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Sherrod Brown releases plan to address PPE and medical shortages

March 23rd, 2020

In Letter to the President, Brown Outlines Critical Steps White House can Take Now to Address Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has released his plan for addressing the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by healthcare workers on the frontline of keeping Americans healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic.  Read Sen. […]

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Florida Keys shut down due to coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020

The Florida Keys are closed to visitors, including all hotels and other lodging establishments. Officials from Monroe County, which encompasses most of the archipelago off the southern coast of Florida, posted a statement on the county's website that said the Keys would be "closed to all tourists and leisure visitors, lodging establishment are no longer […]

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Miami-Dade mayor orders boat ramps and marinas closed amid coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020

The Miami Herald is reporting that the mayor of Miami-Dade County has announced the closure of all marinas and boat ramps in the county, citing large gatherings of boaters on the water amid the coronavirus pandemic. Palm Beach County officials also banned recreational boating activities indefinitely, citing parties and other large gatherings on the water. […]

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