News

Shade Industries wins Award of Excellence

February 1, 2018

Shade Industries Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., was awarded the Award of Excellence in the 2017 IFAI International Achievement Awards. The winning project is located at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in southern Arizona, where the congregation wanted to create a comfortable outdoor gathering and worship space to hold afternoon and evening events. The project’s goal was to …

News

Outstanding Achievement Award given to Shade Industries

February 1, 2018

SHADE Industries Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., was recognized with an Outstanding Achievement Award in the 2017 IFAI International Achievement Awards. The award-winning project at Calvary Chapel is located in an unusual spot—a vacant portion of an open-air shopping center. The project involved creating a striking entry to the church by designing a functional and comfortable outdoor …

News

Trivantage offers SolaMesh hardware

February 1, 2018

Trivantage has added SolaMesh™ hardware to its shade sail and structure product offerings. The new line of hardware complements SolaMesh fabric with a wide range of D-rings, shackles, stainless steel rope, rope connections and mounting options for all installations. The hardware offers eye-on-eye, jaw-on-jaw and hook-on-hook turnbuckle options to suit a variety of preferences and …

News

Duncan’s Canvas recognized with Award of Excellence

February 1, 2018

Duncan’s Canvas Ltd., Hamilton, New Zealand, was awarded an Award of Excellence in the 2017 IFAI International Achievement Awards. The goal of the award-winning project was to replace the dead tree that had sheltered the Hamilton Zoo rhinoceros viewing platform with something that blended in well with the environment. The resulting project is a steel …

Features

Architectural shading systems find new markets

February 1, 2018

Ever since the 1970s back-to-earth, energy enlightenment era of oil embargoes and the beginning of the environmentalism movement, architects and government officials have acknowledged the importance of making ever more energy-efficient buildings. It has been proven that buildings (the construction of them and the manufacturing of all the materials that go into making and operating …

Case Studies

Job costing: the art of realizing your true profits

February 1, 2018

It’s a fairly safe bet that not many business owners started their operations because they wanted to work on spreadsheets. But like it or not, when you hang out a shingle, only part of your work will be designing a custom awning or fabric structure. Figuring out how to charge for those jobs accurately is …

News

Denney to lead BondCote; Anderson retires

February 1, 2018

Martin Denney has been named president of BondCote, the American branch of the international textile group HEYtex®, Bramsche, Germany. Denney succeeds Ted Anderson, who retired after 14 years of leadership. Denney was president of North American operations for Gale Pacific Ltd., and has also held senior positions in general management, and sales and marketing. Anderson …

Case Studies

Glen Raven’s solar commitment boosts sustainability

February 1, 2018

For textile manufacturers that operate energy-intensive machinery, solar-generated energy provides a way to save on energy bills and reduce carbon footprint. Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC, best known as the makers of Sunbrella® fabrics, recently debuted a 3,076-panel solar array at its flagship manufacturing facility in Anderson, S.C. The one-megawatt project was designed to power …

News

Registration open for IFAI Canada Expo 2018

January 1, 2018

Registration is now open for IFAI Canada Expo 2018 set for February 9-9 in Montreal. IFAI Canada Expo promotes and expands the Canadian marketplace for the textile industry. In conjunction with the foremost industry leaders and experts this event provides a forum for connection through the latest in education and networking opportunities. For more information, …

News

R + T 2018 trade show to include IFAI booth and members-only delegation

January 1, 2018

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) and the Fabric Structures Association (FSA), will be hosting a booth at the upcoming R + T 2018 trade show floor, the international trade fair for roller shutter, doors/gates and sun protection systems. The event will be held February 27 through March 3, 2018, at the Messe Stuttgart, Germany. …

Case Studies

Job costing: the art of realizing your true profits

February 1, 2018

It’s a fairly safe bet that not many business owners started their operations because they wanted to work on spreadsheets. But like it or not, when you hang out a shingle, only part of your work will be designing a custom awning or fabric structure. Figuring out how to charge for those jobs accurately is …

Case Studies

Glen Raven’s solar commitment boosts sustainability

February 1, 2018

For textile manufacturers that operate energy-intensive machinery, solar-generated energy provides a way to save on energy bills and reduce carbon footprint. Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC, best known as the makers of Sunbrella® fabrics, recently debuted a 3,076-panel solar array at its flagship manufacturing facility in Anderson, S.C. The one-megawatt project was designed to power …

Case Studies

Retractable awning offers clear ocean views

January 1, 2018

The Cane & Canoe, an exclusive hotel restaurant known for its unique blend of Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisine, is located in the Montage Hotel at the Kapalua Bay resort, one of Hawaii’s premier oceanfront resorts. Kapalua Bay, a 22,000-acre former pineapple plantation on Maui, has developed into a popular resort that includes two award-winning championship …

Case Studies

Parking structure complements Atlanta market

December 1, 2017

The Ponce City Market on the eastern edge of Atlanta, Ga., has aggressively aspired to become the fourth nationally recognized food hall in America after Chelsea Market in New York, N.Y., Pike Place in Seattle, Wash., and Ferry Building in San Francisco, Calif. The location for the market is the revitalized historic 1926 Sears, Roebuck …

Case Studies

Malaysian light rail features an inspired ETFE tunnel of air

December 1, 2017

Odds are, most architects have seen the iconic Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the capitol of Malaysia. Built in 1998, the Petronas towers remain the tallest twin towers in the world at 1,482 feet (452 meters). Architects are less likely to know that Kelana Jaya is a rapidly-urbanizing suburb located on the southwest edge …

Case Studies

ETFE roof panels inspired by a camera aperture

November 1, 2017

On Aug. 26, Atlanta, Ga., fans got to try out the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the first time when the Falcons hosted the Arizona Cardinals in a preseason NFL game. The two-million-square-foot facility accommodates 71,000 fans for football games and can expand to 75,000 seats for marquee events. Designed by HOK, a global design, architecture, …

Case Studies

French gallery blends effortlessly into vineyard landscape

October 1, 2017

What could be more agreeable than a glass of French wine while viewing French art in the landscape of southern France, a landscape made famous by the 19th-century Impressionist/proto-Cubist painter Paul Cézanne? This conflux of ideal conditions melds perfectly in the recently completed Château La Coste Art Gallery, a new venue for viewing artworks while …

Case Studies

Restructing an awning company results in positive results—for employees and the bottom line

August 1, 2017

Mike Peterson restructures an awning company’s culture by asking hard questions, collaborating on the anwers and fearlessly changing the rules. “Our old philosophy was to focus on profitability and the end result—and in order to get there we did our best to take care of our customers, and our employees came last,” says Mike Peterson, …

Case Studies

Streetscape shading encourages outdoor shopping and entertainment

July 1, 2017

Outdoor entertainment and shopping spaces are popular in temperate climates for good reason. Everyone loves outdoor settings to listen to music, window shop and eat in open-air environments. Under the sometimes-sweltering California sun, however, open-air facilities need shaded areas for UV protection. Former IFAI Award of Excellence winner Jim Miller, of Jim Miller Canvas Inc., …

Case Studies

Hollywood hills home finds modern shade

June 1, 2017

The hills of Hollywood, Calif., are home to some of the most creative, successful people in the world. One residence is home to one of the most creative and successful shade structures in the world, as well. Jim Miller of J. Miller Canvas Inc., Santa Ana, Calif., adapted his innovative commercial shade structure design for …

Features

Architectural shading systems find new markets

February 1, 2018

Ever since the 1970s back-to-earth, energy enlightenment era of oil embargoes and the beginning of the environmentalism movement, architects and government officials have acknowledged the importance of making ever more energy-efficient buildings. It has been proven that buildings (the construction of them and the manufacturing of all the materials that go into making and operating …

Features

Working with architects: How fabricators can forge productive partnerships

January 1, 2018

Fabrics and architecture have been partners for millennia and have worked together to create some of the most iconic, useful and beautiful structures in the world—from traditional Mongolian yurts to arena domes at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Indeed, fabric is a critical element of our built environment. It’s still a process of education about fabric …

Features

Smithsonian installation combines design and fabrication

December 1, 2017

Nine ceilings represent notable American buildings. Since the 17th century (with the debut of the French École des Beaux-Arts), drawing has been the first basic skill taught to architects. This still holds true, despite the advent of computer aided drafting (CAD) and sophisticated rendering software. And today there is a segment of the architecture community …

Features

Ellington looks to advance industrial textile industry

November 1, 2017

“With the geopolitical challenges and opportunities the specialty fabrics industry faces, we, as an association, need to make sure that we continue to educate our members and provide them with opportunities,” says Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC, Glen Raven’s distribution and marketing services subsidiary in Glen Raven, N.C. Ellington, who was named IFAI’s board …

Features

Choice and innovation drive architectural fabric market

October 1, 2017

What spurs innovation? Does the kernel of a new idea spring forth fully formed from the brow of a genius, or does it gestate over a long, arduous path involving sweat and heavy lifting? Maybe a bit of both, if you dig into the histories of new materials or processes. Often you will find that …

Features

Smart building systems and textiles can enhance homes

September 1, 2017

The Canadian Printable, Flexible, Wearable Electronics Symposium (CPES2017) was held on the outskirts of Toronto in May this year. Buildings, and smart buildings in particular, were a hot topic both in presentations and in the poster exhibition that accompanied the three-day event. Ronald Zimmer, president and CEO of the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) set …

Features

Mid-century art world embraced the marriage of architecture and textiles

September 1, 2017

In 1956, all of New York City’s art world was abuzz about a new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). It wasn’t the retrospective about the French Impressionist painter Henri Matisse, whose works had newly arrived in New York from Paris (a show that originated at the French National Museum of Modern Art), …

Features

Shade options that go beyond the basics

August 1, 2017

Successful marketing and selling means reaching, educating and caring for customers—in print, in person and online. Awnings, shades and screens offer a wide and appealing range of benefits, attested to by virtually every website in the business. But homeowners in particular concentrate on five letters: s-h-a-d-e. “UV protection is important, but not mentioned as much …

Features

Offering the right shade solutions drives success at Specialty Trim & Awning Inc.

July 1, 2017

“Every time the phone rings we have a new opportunity to see how we can help somebody,” says Jerry Margrave, MFC, owner of Specialty Trim & Awning Inc., Bakersfield, Calif. “That’s the way we look at it—we’re helping people solve a problem, whether it be sun coming in a window, the need for covered patio …

Features

Taking a shade and awning business to the next level

June 1, 2017

“Last year was our best year, and we’re at another point of growth right now,” says Cheryl Yennaco, owner and general manager of Melrose, Mass.-based Atlantic Awnings. “That growth started when we decided to clean house and rebuild the business. It wasn’t easy but it was worth it, and at this moment we have the …

Industry News

IFAI Expo 2018 call for presentations

December 6, 2017

IFAI Expo 2018 is looking for presentation topic ideas and interested speakers. Expo will be held October 15-18, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Submit now! The Call for Presentations deadline is January 12, 2018.  Categories Advanced Textiles  Shade and Weather Protection Specialty Fabrics  General Business Benefits of Presenting Build your reputation as an industry expert Share your knowledge …

Industry News

IFAI Canada Expo 2018

December 6, 2017

Canada Expo 2018 is like no other event – a unique opportunity to meet manufacturers and businesses face-to-face and immerse yourself in new knowledge and leading edge solutions. Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the latest in the specialty fabrics industry through the sights, sounds and innovations of the exhibit floor. Register now! Dedicated Exhibit Hall Hours …

Industry News

R+T 2018 trade show to include IFAI booth and members-only delegation

December 4, 2017

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) and the Fabric Structures Association (FSA), will be hosting a booth at the upcoming R + T 2018 trade show floor, the international trade fair for roller shutter, doors/gates and sun protection systems. The event will be held February 27 through March 3, 2018, at the Messe Stuttgart, Germany. …

Industry News

IFAI magazines win six awards at MMPA ceremony  

November 6, 2017

Awards include two gold and four bronze. IFAI magazines won a total of six awards at the 21st annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association (MMPA) Excellence Awards ceremony held on November 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Excellence Awards competition was created to recognize and foster outstanding publishing achievement. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges …

Industry News

2017 IFAI Board of Directors election results announced

November 1, 2017

IFAI’s immediate past chairman Katie Bradford, MFC, IFM, reported the results of this year’s call for candidates at IFAI Expo 2017 in September in New Orleans, La. The following positions were announced: Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC, is IFAI’s 52nd chairman of the board. Kathy Schaefer, IFM, owner and CFO of Glawe Awning and …

Industry News

Honored Life Member and Loyal Steward recognized

November 1, 2017

Jerry Grimaud of Lawrence Fabric and Metal Structures Inc. has been awarded an Honored Life Membership in IFAI. This distinction, announced in September at the IFAI Expo 2017, is bestowed by special request, solely at the discretion of the IFAI board of directors. Grimaud started working at Lawrence in 1979. Throughout his time in the …

Industry News

2017 International Achievement Award winners named

November 1, 2017

This year’s winners in IFAI’s global International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition, recognizing design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, were announced Sept. 28 at the organization’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo 2017 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. For more than 70 years, IAA has acknowledged innovation and excellence in design and …

Company News

Gant retires as Glen Raven CEO

November 1, 2017

Allen Gant Jr. has retired as CEO of textile manufacturer Glen Raven Inc., with C.G. “Leib” Oehmig IV, a 28-year veteran of Glen Raven, stepping in as his successor. Gant will remain chairman of the company’s operating board. Gant joined Glen Raven in 1971 and was named CEO in 1996. Gant announced in 2013 that …

Company News

AWNEX creates The Garrett Company

November 1, 2017

AWNEX Inc., a Ball Ground, Ga., manufacturer and installer of architectural metal systems for the corporate chain market, has announced the establishment of a sister company, The Garrett Co. (TGC). Garrett offers commercial-grade metal architectural systems, including trellises, canopies, soffit canopies, sunscreens, patio covers and shutters. Sold directly to customers through a dealer network across …

Industry News

Commerce Dept. to discuss textile industry assessment findings in October 18 Webinar

October 17, 2017

In 2016, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) undertook its first comprehensive survey and assessment of the health and competitiveness of the U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry since 2003.  The BIS team is now prepared to share preliminary findings of this critically important study that will be unveiled later this …