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 …

Projects

Building relationships with architects can improve fabric structure businesses

November 1, 2017

Want to do more business with architects? Mary Gilmore, AIA, NCIDQ, and Mark Shellshear, Structure Fabrics, Value Vinyls Inc., have many ideas. Gilmore and Shellshear shared those ideas Sept. 26 at IFAI Expo 2017. Gilmore noted, “Architects are very busy. Cold calls don’t work. They are very visual; they need pictures.” A good website with …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

News

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI president, dies

October 26, 2017

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI board member and president, died October 8th. He served on the IFAI Board of Directors from 1977 to 1989, and as IFAI president (a position now called chairman) from 1985 to 1987. He was involved with the IFAI Awning Division, now called the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association. His obituary appeared in …

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 …

Case Studies

Awnings provide triple coverage for terrace

June 1, 2017

Canada may be known for its long, dark winters, but its summer sun can be intense. To combat the heat and glare of direct sunlight on a backyard deck, Rolltec Rolling Systems Ltd. of Concord, Ontario, Canada, worked with a client to create a three-piece retractable awning system. “This project required adequate coverage for an …

Case Studies

New Zealand day care gets a new shade canopy

May 1, 2017

The tradition of childcare facilities in New Zealand goes back a fair number of years, in fact to the 1880s. In Auckland, there are a number of childcare operations that, although not from the 19th century, do claim a history dated to the early 1950s. Case in point is the Torbay Kindergarten, a branch facility …

Case Studies

A well-shaded hotel

April 1, 2017

Hotels offer comfort, convenience and panache for entertainment events. In order to make the best use of an outdoor gathering space on its grounds, the Wickham Park Hotel in Wickham, Australia, worked with Shade To Order Pty Ltd. of Gateshead, Australia, to create a sheltering tensile fabric structure. The architectural fabric installation needed to cover …

Case Studies

Accessible shade for all

March 1, 2017

In the desert of Arizona, shade is always in high demand. Following the popularity of its signature SUNAMI® shade structure, Tensile Shade Products LLC of Tucson, Ariz., wanted to expand its prefabricated shade structure product line to include another product that would provide more shade with a similar style, and would be a dynamic enhancement …

Case Studies

Retractable shade canopy

March 1, 2017

Voted the ninth best place to live in Britain, Guildford, England, holds onto its storied past while embracing the future with new construction, such as the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel downtown. Guildford, located just 27 miles southwest from London, is the historic county seat of Surrey where the University of Surrey and the 20th century …

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 …

Features

Fabric houses explored as future sustainable options

May 1, 2017

Fabric homes could well have a place in future urban settings. To explore this possibility, one such dwelling, the Breathe House, has been created as a prototype for a future living environment called “MINI Living–Breathe.” Created by Brooklyn, N.Y., architects SO-IL, the prototype was created as a sustainable response to ever-shrinking homes and limited resources …

Features

Airbeam festive tent

May 1, 2017

As the old joke goes: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice! Or you can get there by creating an air-supported tent designed for Carnegie Hall’s roof, as Pvilion and its collaborative partners recently did to much acclaim. This inflatable event space incorporates a technology originally developed for military applications, that of high-pressure fabric …

Features

An ancient structure can now host modern events

April 1, 2017

The structure once known as the Cistercian Abbey in Dargun, Germany, has a storied past. Located in the far north of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the structure was built in the 13th Century as a Gothic monastery complex. Constructed of stone and brick, the building suffered major damage during World War II, leaving it …

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 …

Industry News

Gant retires as Glen Raven CEO

October 9, 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 …

Events

Biomimicry-inspired structure lights up Amsterdam festival

October 1, 2017

During the dark days of winter, the Amsterdam Light Festival brightens the city with light-filled artwork created by architects and designers from around the world. There are two routes of artwork: Water Colors, the boat route; and Illuminade, the walking route. Last year’s theme was biomimicry: the imitation of natural phenomena for the purpose of …

Company News

Seaman Corp. partners with disaster relief organizations to shelter families in need

October 1, 2017

When natural disasters strike, one of the most immediate needs is providing emergency shelter to affected communities. For more than 20 years, Seaman Corp. has partnered with disaster relief organizations to shelter families in need around the world. Seaman is currently evaluating the best ways to respond to recent hurricanes in Florida and Texas. However, …