Opening up the classroom

August 1, 2021

For schools, the challenge of delivering quality learning experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic has generated numerous approaches to creating safe environments. Transformit Inc. was asked by the Portland, Maine, school district to provide quotes for dozens of outdoor classrooms. “The CARES Act had provided the township with a budget to work with, and they needed …

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Covering climate change

Broiling summers, harsh winters, drought, fires, hurricanes—climate change is making life harder, more fraught and dangerous for people across the globe. While political leaders and governments argue over policies and regulations, the specialty fabrics industry is stepping up to devise products to help mitigate the affects of a changing climate. Here we highlight companies whose …

2021 State of the Industry

The full 2021 State of the Industry report will be available for purchase later this year at the IFAI e-store, www.IFAI.com/estore. The full report takes a deep dive into business types and market segments. Introduction to the research This research highlights findings from more than 300 members of the industrial fabrics community who shared information …

PFEIFER Structures launches new website

Starting this month, fabritecstructures.com officially becomes pfeifer-structures.com, the new website for the global PFEIFER Structures brand. The change of website is an important milestone of FabriTec’s incorporation into PFEIFER Structures, the global partner for innovative lightweight structures. Previous visitors of the fabritecstructures.com website will find pfeifer-structures.com has a familiar interface with key additions that include …

Top trade challenges and opportunities in 2021

The list of trade issues facing Washington policy makers in 2021 is long and complex. How these issues will be addressed affects a range of industries, and the textile industry is no exception. With member companies driving innovation in materials essential to health care, advanced technologies and national security, the industry is likely to feel …

SLO Architecture’s ‘Turntable’ contemplates Camden’s history and future

One of the many enduring reminders of the coronavirus pandemic is the sight of used, discarded masks littering public spaces. Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi of New York City’s SLO Architecture have taken on the idea of unearthing the discarded in “Turntable,” a public installation at Cooper’s Poynt Waterfront Park in Camden, N.J., that turns …