RetractableAwnings.com launches Awning Advisor

August 31, 2016

RetractableAwnings.com, an internet manufacturer and distributor, has developed Awning Advisor. This proprietary tool asks a series of simple questions to help narrow down awning choices to those that best fit client needs. The Awning Advisor session starts by asking users to specify the kind of area to be covered. Then users are asked to choose …

Britespan opens distribution facility, launches new building series

Britespan Building Systems Inc., Wingham, Ontario, launched its seventh building series, the Rigid Beam building series, to the fabric building market. Britespan now offers a complete product line, engineering and manufacturing a wide lineup of building profiles, as well as a webbed truss building solution and an I-beam building solution. The Rigid Beam series is …

Duerk joins Sattler Corp.

August 30, 2016

Sattler Corp., a member of the Sattler AG family of companies, has added Chris Duerk as the senior vice president of sales and marketing. Duerk has more than 20 years of experience in the performance textiles and related markets and most recently managed the sales and marketing operations for a window covering fabric and components …

Futureguard partners with Draper

Futureguard Building Products Inc., Auburn, Maine, a manufacturer and distributor of retractable and aluminum awning products, has teamed up with Draper Inc., Spiceland, Ind., to add exterior solar shading and insect control systems to its line. Draper exterior zip retention shades, designed and manufactured in the U.S., are a fit with Futureguard’s other offerings. Draper …

Kohler Awning expands

Kohler Awning is building a 12,000-square-foot addition to its 38,000-square-foot Cheektowaga, N.Y., facility. The expansion will provide the residential and commercial fabric awning manufacturer with more space for production, welding and storage. It will also result in the hire of an additional fabric installer. Currently, Kohler has 53 employees. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency …

A. Hoffman Awning wins creative awards

A. Hoffman Awning Co., Baltimore, Md., won gold recognition in the 2016 Muse Creative Awards, an international competition for creative professionals who inspire with concept, writing or design. The company won for “A Guide to Consumer Awning Needs” and “Snowzilla on Facebook.” The company also picked up five Hermes awards in an international creative competition …

Backyard patio shade

A custom shade disc transforms a scorching residential backyard into a shady oasis. In the arid Southwest, a little shade can go a long way toward transforming a residential backyard from a scorching desert to a shady oasis. One Tucson, Ariz., couple decided to shade their yard in style by installing a custom cantilevered shade …

Textile fibers reinforce a building

A Japanese fabric manufacturer reinforces its showroom against earthquakes, while making a provocative visual statement. With the four main islands of Japan perched atop a convergence of three major tectonic plate boundaries, the country has a history of earthquakes and seismic activity. The ongoing seismic impact on buildings, infrastructure and population is significant, requiring some …

A case for small fabric structures, Part 1

New materials are making structures lighter and more portable. The owner of the iced-coffee cart in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, N.Y., understands the old real estate saw: location, location, location. It makes perfect sense when the coffee cart is made with new, lighter materials available today, making picking up and moving to a better location …

Shade structure foundations

August 2, 2016

When it comes to fixing a shade structure in place, design, fabrics, hardware and informed engineering all play a part. As anyone with knowledge of the history of tension structures will tell you, there is a logical and long-standing connection between marine hardware and tension structure hardware. One came from the other. Or more accurately, …