Matthew Dickerson: Daring to succeed

February 1, 2021

Matthew Dickerson took a chance on shade sails and succeeded—by welcoming failure and hard work while chasing goals.   by Holly Eamon A 6-by-4-inch yellow paint chip sits in a shadow box on the office wall of Matthew Dickerson, president and CEO of Tenshon, a shade sail manufacturer in Mesa, Ariz. More than a conversation …

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Closing the gaps in the textile supply chain

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased textile supply chain pressures, requiring companies to adopt creative strategies to keep materials and products moving.  by Pamela Mills-Senn With many moving parts, the textile supply chain requires hiccup-free involvement from entities up and down the line to ensure it functions properly. But with something so complex, the chain is …

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Shade around the world: custom canopy projects

Wherever the sun shines, people need shade. These recent canopy projects from around the world fulfill that mission with inspired design and expert execution.  by Jeff Moravec Custom canopy projects can present unique challenges to their creators, but that’s a reason many designers, fabricators and installers enjoy them. These projects give them a chance to …

Big Span Structures completes parking garage façade with eye-catching details

Capital Crescent Trail users in Bethesda, Md., are enjoying an aesthetically pleasing facade of digitally printed blue sky and bird silhouettes, designed and installed by Big Span Structures as part of a parking garage expansion project. In addition to the eye-catching view in place of an otherwise typical concrete parking garage system, the 11,000-square-foot facade …

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LA’s SoFi Stadium sets a new standardwith massive roof and video display

Featuring the world’s largest cable net roof and the world’s largest LED content playback system, SoFi Stadium, the new home for the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams, is “as majestic as it is revolutionary,” according to ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez.  FabriTec Structures LLC, Dallas, Texas, was contracted in a design-assist role with the …

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How to be an efficiency champion at your specialty fabrics business

Nine steps every business can take, from organizing more to doing less.  by Laurie F. Junker No business owner wants to waste time and money, have frustrated employees, and risk customer relationships with mistakes and delays. But the truth is that all of these things happen when businesses operate less efficiently than they could be.  …