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 …

AWNEX creates The Garrett Company

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 …

Saint-Gobain acquires Kirson

October 1, 2017

Saint-Gobain, Corbevoie, France, has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire Kirson, Bavaria, Germany. Kirson makes reinforcement scrim and combination products of scrim and nonwoven fabrics primarily for the waterproofing roofing markets, as well as floor coverings and construction panels. The integration of Kirson into Saint-Gobain’s high-performance materials line will complete the company’s Adfors division …

IFAI announces retirement of president and CEO Mary Hennessy

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced the retirement, effective June 1, 2018, of its president and CEO, Mary Hennessy. The IFAI Board of Directors has begun a search for her replacement and plan to name the person by May 1, 2018. Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC and chair of the IFAI Board …

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

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, …

Glen Raven to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills

September 1, 2017

Glen Raven Inc. has signed a letter of intent to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills. Under the agreement, Sunbury will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Glen Raven and will operate as part of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC, best known as the makers of Sunbrella® fabrics. Sunbury’s team specializes in decorative jacquard upholstery fabrics targeting …

Scott Filipiak joins Rainier as creative director

Scott Filipiak been named creative director at Rainier Industries, Tukwila, Wash. Rainier has added complete design services to its scope of capabilities, including print, metal, fabric and wood fabrication. Filipiak has an extensive graphic design and fine arts background with experience that includes working with clients on everything from small advertising campaigns to large scale …

R+T trade fair set

R+T, an international trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection systems, is set for February 27 through March 3, 2019, at the Messe Stuttgart, Germany. At R+T, attendees will find a va-riety of products, including exterior Venetian blinds, awning control systems, fire protection doors and gates, and security equipment. More online information is …

Trivantage® offers Dickson® solar fabrics

August 1, 2017

Trivantage, a national one-stop shop for fabrics, hardware and accessories, recently added the Dickson North American Collection to its shade collection offerings. The popular shade fabric offers customers additional options with a wide range of solids, stripes and jacquards. The collection is available in 60 solid patterns, four block stripes, 47 traditional stripes and nine …

New EVP for Shelter Structures

Shelter Structures America, a distributor of Shelter temporary ClearSpan tent structures with offices in Los Angeles, Calif., and Roanoke, Va., has appointed Keith Krzeminski to be executive vice president. He will be based in Roanoke to allow the company to service the eastern U.S. and the midwest from a new regional location.