Lawrence Fabric implements ESOP

October 22, 2015

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc., St. Louis, Mo., has implemented an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and is now owned by its employees. First named Lawrence Canvas Products, the company was formed by Art and Dorothy Lawrence in 1941 and sold to Bob Helmsing in 1977. In 1984, Jerry Grimaud, the company’s ninth employee, …

Miller Weldmaster launches new website

October 19, 2015

Miller Weldmaster announced the launch of its new website optimized for easy navigation, enhanced aesthetics and a more user-friendly experience. New website features include: Product exploration. Machine options can be selected by industry, name, welding material and technology. Machine overviews, specifications, videos, photos and literature are available. Greater functionality. The website includes easier-to-access information on …

IFAI wraps up a successful 2015 Expo

October 9, 2015

The Industrial Fabrics Association International’s (IFAI) textile trade event, IFAI Expo 2015, took place Oct. 6-9, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. The annual event is the largest display of specialty fabrics and technical textiles in the Americas. The show floor buzzed with excitement as more than 5,500 registrants and 376 exhibitors filled the space in the …

IFAI announces 2015 IAA winners

October 8, 2015

Winners of the 2015 International Achievement Awards (IAA) were announced today at IFAI Expo 2015, held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., through Oct. 9. Sponsored by IFAI, the IAA program has recognized excellence in design and innovation for more than six decades, highlighting craftsmanship in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. …

FSA announces Student Design Challenge recipients

October 7, 2015

The Fabric Structures Association (FSA), a division of IFAI, announced the recipients of the 2015 Fabric Structures Student Design Challenge today at IFAI Expo 2015, which runs through Oct. 9 in Anaheim, Calif. Nicholas Musilli won first place for his project, titled “Sail Stage,” and received a prize package worth $6,000, which included a trip …

Industrial Fabrics Foundation announces student scholarship winners

October 6, 2015

Anaheim, Calif. Oct. 6, 2015—The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) student scholarship award winners were announced today at the 2015 Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo in Anaheim, Calif. The scholarships provide tuition expenses at an accredited college, university or technical school for students interested in a career in the specialty fabrics or advanced textiles industries. …

Study finds green construction is major U.S. economic driver

October 1, 2015

The green building sector is outpacing overall construction growth in the U.S. and will account for more than 2.3 million American jobs this year, according to a new U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) study from Booz Allen Hamilton. The 2015 Green Building Economic Impact Study, released by USGBC and prepared by Booz Allen, finds the …

Five top reasons for using an air-supported structure

Many manufacturers use similar arguments when pitching to clients on the benefits of air-supported structures. The top five: 1. Quick to erect. Air-supported fabric structures are significantly faster to erect than traditional “brick-and-mortar” structures. They do not require permanent foundations and generally need minimal site preparation, and often don’t require planning consent if they are …

Phifer introduces petroleum savings & greenhouse gas avoidance calculator tool

Phifer Inc. is unveiled a new online Petroleum Savings & CO2 Greenhouse Gas Avoidance calculator tool for SheerWeave® Style 4000/4100/ 4400 interior sun control fabrics made with sustainable DOW ECOLIBRIUM™ Bio-Based Plasticizers. To use the tool, simply input the total area of square yards, feet or meters of glass to be covered with shade fabric …

RENSON® and VELUX® collaboration introduces Topfix VMS Exterior sun shade

In collaboration with VELUX, RENSON, a European developer and manufacturer of sun shading and ventilation system solutions, introduces the specialized Topfix VMS to the North American market. As an optimized version of the company’s RENSON ZipShade® Top motorized external zip screen for skylight applications, the Topfix VMS utilizes the same wind-tight, motor-operated technology, with the …