SergeFerrari Group acquires Verseidag-Indutex

August 4, 2020

SergeFerrari Group announced the acquisition of Verseidag-Indutex, a world leader in PTFE glass materials, from Jagenberg AG, in a press release on July 29. SergeFerrari designs, manufactures and distributes innovative flexible composite materials. The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, will strengthen the company’s position as a global leader in tensile architecture and modular structures and …

Jan Kellogg’s strategy for growth at CCP Manufacturing

August 1, 2020

Jan Kellogg looks at the big picture for each job that CCP Manufacturing takes on, leading the company into new markets.  by Jill C. Lafferty “I love working with someone who turns to us with a new idea, saying, ‘Hey, can you make this work?’ We love taking the time to be able to do …

TeCS to represent Eastman Machine Company in U.K. and Ireland

Eastman Machine Company has appointed Technical Cutting (TeCS) of Nottinghamshire to represent its line of automated cutting systems in the U.K. and Ireland. To offer local testing and education, TeCS strategically established an Eastman technical demonstration facility inside the world-renowned composites specialist Kamm Projects Ltd. in Newcastle. TeCS is a team of experienced engineers, technicians, …

Fluid markets require flexible equipment

Custom manufacturers rely on equipment that multitasks across product lines and markets, with minimal downtime. by Maura Keller Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, every custom end-product manufacturer faced some type of financial challenge. Reduced or canceled orders, customer attrition and market changes always affect manufacturers’ bottom lines. Another commonality among manufacturers is their heavy dependence …

In memoriam: Davis Richardson

Davis Michael Richardson of Boyds, Md., passed away on July 8 after a brief but valiant fight with melanoma. Davis was the founder and owner of Sugarplum Tent Company, a leading special events company in the Washington, D.C., metro area since 1990. Davis established Sugarplum Tent Company with his wife, Barbi. The company quickly earned …

Groupe Bellon Prestige celebrates 125th anniversary

Groupe Bellon Prestige, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, is celebrating its 125th anniversary in the shade and awning business. Established in 1895 by Joseph K. Bellon, the family business is now in its fourth generation of operation and is chaired by Carole Bellon. According to a recent press release, the company builds, stores and repairs more than …

NECPA: A century of survival

Lessons from four member companies that have survived for a century and continue to thrive. by Cathy Broberg In January 2020, the North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA), a trade organization for the canvas and outdoor fabric industry, marked its 100th anniversary. Members celebrated at its annual conference with a gala and by touring a …

Milliken & Company publishes sustainability report

Milliken & Company has published its second annual corporate sustainability report. The report gives insight into Milliken’s environmental and social commitments as all global locations work to achieve aggressive sustainability goals by 2025. Using a comprehensive goal scorecard, the 2019 report shares Milliken’s first year of progress towards the company’s 2025 sustainability goals. First introduced …

Redesigned tent for COVID-19

While numerous end-product manufacturers have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by fabricating products that they have never made before, others looked to past products and designs to apply to today’s challenges.     Rainier Industries’ commercial tent division brought back a tent design that was historically used in agricultural applications. With a few minor tweaks …

Bui joins Heytex USA

Heytex USA has hired Julie Bui as technical textiles sales manager. She will be responsible for driving sales for the company’s Industrial and Texineering products in North America. Bui brings extensive sales experience in the industrial, oil and gas, and textile industries. She most recently worked as a strategic sales executive growing her accounts by an …