Vanguard Durst Digital Printing expands distribution

March 4th, 2021

Vanguard Durst Digital Printing, a manufacturer of wide format UV and dye-sublimation printers, has announced a national dealership agreement with Graphic Solutions Group (GSG) based in Dallas, Texas. Vanguard Durst Digital will include GSG's sales and service expertise to accelerate in the marketplace. Vanguard Durst Digital's format UV digital flatbed printers combine technology features with […]

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Ballenger joins Milliken & Company

March 3rd, 2021

Milliken & Company has hired Alice Ballenger as director of strategy for its Textile Division. She will be responsible for supporting the division’s business growth and overall strategy.  With industry experience across multiple global markets, working both independently as a business strategist as well as in senior-level roles with Glen Raven, Ballenger brings an abundance […]

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Feds send $1 billion to state wildlife agencies

March 3rd, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is distributing $1 billion to state wildlife agencies through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR). Generated by the hunting and angling industry, these funds support regional conservation projects across the country. The 2021 WSFR apportionment is $121 million higher than the 2020 apportionment due to increases […]

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Milliken & Company acquires Zebra-chem

March 2nd, 2021

Milliken & Company has acquired Zebra-chem GmbH, a global chemicals company known for its peroxide and blowing agent masterbatches. With more brands and governments globally setting goals to increase their use of recycled materials, plastics manufacturers are faced with the challenges of using recycled plastics effectively. Peroxide masterbatches, like those from Zebra-chem and Milliken, make […]

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Coats to host sustainability webinar

March 1st, 2021

On March 12, 2021, Coats will host the live panel discussion “Targeting Circularity” with members from its sustainability delivery team. Panelists will explore Coats’ sustainability agenda, industry challenges and the shift towards circularity, and innovations to enable a more sustainable future. Headquartered in the U.K., Coats is a leading industrial thread business that employs 17,000 […]

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Specialty Fabrics Review gets a new look

March 1st, 2021

A newly designed website for Specialty Fabrics Review magazine launched in February, providing a mobile-first experience with easier access to the latest news stories, more features, the popular “Swatches” section, and new products. The goal of this initiative is for SpecialtyFabricsReview.com to provide the same great content in a better package.Textile experts rely on Specialty Fabrics […]

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YKK highlights sustainability with digital showcase

February 26th, 2021

YKK, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of zippers and fastening products, will present its spring/summer 2022 collection digitally, in response to the ongoing global pandemic. The format will include new features such as a 3D and color options simulator, alongside virtual previews and online presentations. At the heart of the YKK spring/summer 2022 collection […]

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Sciessent expands sales team

February 25th, 2021

Sciessent has expanded its global textile market sales team with the addition of David Rubin as vice president of global textile sales and Gary Nicholson as director of textile business development, Asia. Demand for the company’s antimicrobial, odor control and water repellent solutions has been steadily growing among textile and apparel manufacturers worldwide, requiring additional […]

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Women in Textiles Virtual Summit speaker line-up announced

February 25th, 2021

The Women in Textiles Virtual Summit taking place the afternoon of Thursday, March 4, and the morning of Friday, March 5 has announced its speaker line-up for the event. The goal of the summit is to strengthen the advancement of women and men through an interactive forum that provides education, networking and dialogue about important […]

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RITIN industrial sewing webinar

February 24th, 2021

The Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network (RITIN) will sponsor a 30-minute webinar on March 3, 2021, that will explain its new state-sponsored program for training sewers.  Chairman of RITIN and CEO of Trans-Tex LLC, Michael Woody, will discuss an industrial sewing workforce program with Barbara Jackson, executive director of We Make RI, a manufacturing training organization in Cranston, R.I. The program […]

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2021 Atlantic City Boat Show canceled

February 24th, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has decided to cancel this year’s Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show. After exploring all avenues to move ahead with a 2021 event (originally postponed from Feb. to April 2021), and continuing to follow guidance from state/local authorities and the Atlantic City Convention Center, canceling the 2021 boat show […]

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Bagwell joins Milliken & Company

February 23rd, 2021

Milliken & Company has hired Benji Bagwell as its vice president of sales and marketing for the specialty interiors business within the Textile Division. Joining the company from UltraFabrics, Bagwell will be responsible for leading the specialty interiors business growth strategy and alignment with Division initiatives.  With 25 years of industry experience through leadership roles […]

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COVID-19 and the tent rental industry supply chain

February 23rd, 2021

Michael Tharpe, national sales manager of Rainier Industries Ltd. and chairman of IFAI’s Tent Rental Division, discussed the effects of COVID-19 on the tent rental industry supply chain during his presentation at the IFAI Fabricators Conference & Showcase on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Before the pandemic, the 2020 forecast for the revenue, party and event […]

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Renewable energy sources are the future of the marine industry

February 23rd, 2021

In a highly informative and detailed education session during the IFAI Fabricators Conference & Showcase on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, John Martin, Ph. D., Appalachian State University, gave a presentation that examined the history, present day use and future of solar and wind energy in the marine industry. Through a combination of videos and slides, […]

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Employers face continued challenges creating employee pandemic policies

February 23rd, 2021

Kicking off the second day of the IFAI Fabricators Conference & Showcase on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, human resources expert, Chad Sorenson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, from Adaptive HR Solutions LLC, presented a session entitled “Employee Strategies in the midst of COVID-19.” Sorenson says that for the past year, employers have been forced to “make things up […]

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