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Relocating your business

November 1, 2021

Growing the business is an objective for nearly every owner, but with this comes a sometimes unanticipated consequence—outgrowing the facility’s space, making a move the only logical recourse. Consider American Tent LLC. Currently housed in Green Bay, Wis., the commercial and party tent manufacturer has been operating in a 35,000-square-foot space since opening in 2014, …

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In the market for new markets

The advantages of diversification are well-known. Serving multiple markets can help a business grow, and when one market experiences a downturn, other markets can help prop up a company. According to the 2021 State of the Industry report published by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), more than half (56 percent) of specialty fabrics businesses plan …

Glenn Russell & Wayne Heflin: Strength in Simplicity

In 1984, Wayne Heflin and Glenn Russell met in a hallway of a U.S. handbag manufacturer. A seasoned professional within the fashion industry, Russell was the company’s financial controller. Heflin, a Vietnam veteran who entered the leather goods and fashion arena after his service ended, had recently established a fashion belt line for the company, …

New solutions in solar shade

From the earliest tents to contemporary athletic stadiums, textiles have played a central role in offering protection from the elements and drawing energy from the sun. As locations worldwide struggle with record-shattering temperatures, researchers and architects are utilizing textiles in groundbreaking innovations including a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment stadium, a biomimicry-inspired pavilion and a research …

Supporting employees’ mental health

As companies continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, many have been reflecting on the year that was—or perhaps wasn’t. For a vast number of folks, priorities have shifted from simply surviving to remaining strong in the face of what has passed and what is to come. Mental health remains a critical issue  Stress continues to …

IFAI introduces member benefit program and Expo discount offer

IFAI has announced a new benefit for IFAI members in the United States: the IFAI Health and Benefit Insurance program. IFAI Health and Benefit Insurance The IFAI Health and Benefit Insurance program gives all IFAI members access to a dedicated team of experts who are ready to help find the best health and nonmedical benefit coverage to fit …