Trivantage names Bret Kelley VP of sales

January 30, 2015

Trivantage, a supplier for the marine, awning and furniture industries, has named Bret Kelley as vice president of sales. Kelley joins Trivantage after 21 years with Highland Industries Inc. At Highland he gained extensive experience leading sales and marketing efforts for technical fabrics in commercial, industrial and military applications. Kelley has experience in distribution, dealer …

2015 AIA Young Architects Award

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected 14 recipients for the 2015 AIA Young Architects Award. Young Architects are defined as professionals who have been licensed 10 years or fewer regardless of their age. This award, now in its 22nd year, honors individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the …

Hoover Awnings revamps image

The third generation has assumed leadership of family-owned Hoover Canvas Awnings, West Palm Beach, Fla. Matthew Carroll, son of James E. Carroll Jr., Hoover’s president and an IFAI Certified Master Fabric Craftsman, is taking over the company with plans to revitalize its image and scope. He has introduced a name change-Hoover Architectural Products—to call out …

New AATCC test methods

The 2015 AATCC Technical Manual is now available, featuring two new test methods, 10 significantly revised methods, and nine editorially revised methods. Published each January, the manual contains close to 150 test methods and evaluation procedures used worldwide to evaluate and characterize fiber and textile materials. It can be ordered as a cloth-bound book or …

Futureguard names southern region sales rep

Futureguard Building Products, manufacturer of NuImage and Bel-Aire awnings, named Kevin Thomas as its new southern region sales representative based in the Greensboro area of North Carolina. Thomas comes to Futureguard with more than 22 years managing wholesale and retail sales in the exterior and interior shade control business. He has extensive knowledge of building …

International Façade Congress will show demands on contemporary building shells

During the planners’ forum “The Art of Planning,” Feb. 26, world-renowned architects, engineers and researchers will present the latest developments, pioneering projects and experiments relating to current and future façades. Featuring architects Kim Herforth Nielsen (3XN), Volker Staab (Staab Architekten), Matthias Schuler (Transsolar), Manuelle Gautrand (Manuelle Gautrand Architecture), Oliver Thill (Atelier Kempe Thill), Martin Rauch …

WeatherMAX™ welding guide now available

Safety Components Fabric Technologies of Greenville, S.C., has produced guidelines for use with different methods and manufacturers’ equipment when bonding its durable, breathable and colorfast WeatherMAX fabric. The fabric can be welded using a wide variety of hot air, heat, glue or ultrasonic equipment. Safety Components recommends making sample welds to achieve the correct settings …

Heytex acquires BondCote Corp.

BondCote Corp., Pulaski, Va., has announced that the company is being acquired by Heytex. The name BondCote Corp. will remain and the company will now be part of the Heytex Group. BondCote will become Heytex Group’s North American headquarters for all products. No changes are foreseen in management, staff, customer interface or other functions. Heytex …

A tensile structure solution

The McGrath Amphitheater is a PTFE tensile canopy that helped rejuvenate a downtown riverfront park. By Jake Kulju Place plays an important role in the development of a community, and the redevelopment of one. In 2008, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, experienced some of the most intense flooding in the city’s history. More than 10 square miles …

State of the specialty fabrics industry 2015

By Jeff Rasmussen U.S. fabrics markets overview All but one of the traditional end product market segments that the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) monitors regularly achieved single-digit sales growth in 2014. (The military market was down 6 percent in 2014.) Slower growth in the first quarter was due to a harsh winter leading to …