Textile Roofs 2020 postponed to October

April 28th, 2020

The 25th anniversary of the International Workshop on Design and Practical Realization of Architectural Membrane Structures—Textile Roofs 2020—has been postponed because of the COVID-19 crisis. The new dates are Oct. 8-10, 2020, and the location, Archenhold Observatory in Berlin, Germany, remains the same. This year’s event is programmed to combine its traditional workshop and educational formats […]

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Seaman Corp. names Jeff Swartz chief executive officer

April 21st, 2020

Jeff Swartz Seaman Corporation, a family-owned business headquartered in Wooster, Ohio, has announced that its board of directors has selected Jeff Swartz as its new chief executive officer. Swartz will replace John Crum, who is retiring after 18 years at Seaman, including the last five as CEO. Swartz is a veteran of the building products […]

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From Bauhaus to your house

April 1st, 2020

Bauhaus designers Gunta Stölzl and Anni Albers were masters of composition whose geometric designs are on trend in 2020. Photos: TOP: Gunta Stölzl: Design for a Wallhanging,” ca. 1920–1926; Image © Victoria and Albert Museum, London watercolor, pencil, ink, Gouache. © Stölzl Estate. BOTTOM: Designtex. The Bauhaus was an art school founded in Germany in […]

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Ace Vinyl Products is open for business

April 1st, 2020

Ace Vinyl Products, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., was recently established as a sister company of Ace Canvas & Tent, which has been in business since 1954. The company manufactures products including protective covers, awnings, shade sails, custom enclosures, carnival accessories, tarps and crash pads. Its engineering department includes multiple trained professionals who specialize in these products and […]

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Fun and funky fabric murals

April 1st, 2020

Once the sweeping banner was installed in the new Chotto Matte restaurant in Toronto, Canada, the artist Lefty Out There completed it with a vibrant graffiti-like mural. Photos: Eventscape Inc. The latest outpost of the cool, contemporary London restaurant Chotto Matte opened last year in Toronto, Ont., Canada. Known for Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine, the restaurant […]

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Milliken & Company: one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® for 14th Year

April 1st, 2020

A capstone recognition for the diversified global manufacturer, Milliken & Company now celebrates its 14th year among the World’s Most Ethical Companies. Selected by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, the esteemed designation honors companies with purpose-driven strategies that strive to create positive change throughout […]

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Richard Seaman on sustaining a family business

April 1st, 2020

By Rebecca Post An urgency runs through the pages of Richard Seaman’s book A Vibrant Vision: The Entrepreneurship of Multigenerational Family Business. That urgency stems from Seaman’s understanding that few family businesses survive beyond a third generation. Seaman, the chairman and former CEO of Wooster, Ohio-based Seaman Corp., offers a model to family-owned businesses for […]

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Seven steps to take your fabrics business to the next level

April 1st, 2020

by Sigrid Tornquist Building a business takes more than a good idea and an interested customer base. It takes planning, investment, a skilled workforce—and a healthy dose of industry knowledge. Got a plan?  Rick Ludolph, founder and president of boutique specialty fabrics consulting firm Productive Solutions LLC in Marietta, Ga., has spent more than 40 […]

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Stylish sun protection collection

April 1st, 2020

The innovative Sauleda New Generation collection is comprised of 90 exclusive designs in fabrics for sun protection. The collection includes the fabric GREEN, which purifies the air by means of photocatalysis, with a reduction in pollution around 55%, mold reduction of 60% and a self-cleaning effect of 70%. Other collection highlights include 28 plain colors […]

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The wide (format) world of sports

April 1st, 2020

When it comes to printing fabrics, the wide world of sports is beginning to live up to its name. By Jeff Moravec In sports, it’s always about competition—and revenue. As sports teams have established new revenue streams (such as sponsorships that require stadium advertising) and worked to enhance the game-day experience for fans with splashy […]

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