Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

October 31, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week its call for nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product that protects public health and the environment. The deadline is December 31, 2016. “Green chemistry innovations couple scientific brilliance with the entrepreneurial …

IFAI Expo 2016 closes successful show with near-record attendance

IFAI Expo 2016, the textile industry’s show of record, attracted 5,023 participants to the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., from Oct. 18-21. IFAI Expo is the largest display of specialty fabrics and technical textiles in the Americas. Attendees were treated to four days of product demonstrations, education, networking, exhibits and awards recognizing industry achievement. “We …

Creating A Distinctive Atmosphere for Multiple Events Using One Tent

October 28, 2016

There is a reason why so many tented events seem to be cookie-cutter productions. There are people to please and placate, funds to be allocated, tent design and layout to be developed, and complex lighting and flooring elements to be installed. It is no wonder that so many people end up with the same event …

HTS Clearspan Structure Systems sales team grows

October 25, 2016

HTS Clearspan Structure Systems expanded its sales team. Now located in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla., two new sales managers have been added. Victor Manzano will be the sales manager for the US Mid-states and Canada. He brings more than 20 years of event industry experience to his new role. Dan DeLeo will be the sales manger for …

John Lee

October 24, 2016

John Lee, who along with his son Jason founded J J L Events Inc. of Toronto, Ont., Canada, passed away on Oct. 14. A reception for family and friends who knew him through his notable career in the tensile structure industry (Pike’s Awnings Inc.; Pioneer Tent, Awning and Sign; Fiesta Tents Ltd.; IFAI; and J …

IFAI Expo 2016: Show Stopper winners

October 21, 2016

Thursday morning at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year—including the 2016 winners of the Show Stopper program, recognizing the most innovative new products in the exhibit hall. Thomson Research Associates was recognized for Ultra-Fresh DM-25 in the category of chemicals, coatings and compounds. Fenetex won for its Adjustable Tracks for …

Protect your competitive advantage using intellectual property

According to Art MacCord, a patent lawyer with MacCord Mason, marketplace winners are those whose products are unique and desirable. MacCord shared information about protecting your company’s competitive advantage and product differentiation using intellectual property during a campfire session on Oct. 20 at IFAI Expo in Charlotte, N.C. Intellectual property law cannot bestow desirability, but …

IFAI announces International Achievement Award winners

October 20, 2016

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded seven 2016 Best in Category International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications at the 2016 IFAI Expo. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, held this year at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. For more than …

Serge Ferrari North America welcomes new middle atlantic regional sales manager

October 11, 2016

Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Serge Ferrari North America, a manufacturer of flexible composite membranes, welcomes Nick R. Ferrante Jr. to its sales team as the new sales manger for the middle atlantic region. Ferrante comes to Serge Ferrari with 20 years of sales experience. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree majoring in business administration from Seton Hall …

Herculite welcomes new western regional sales manager for awning and marine distribution

October 7, 2016

Emigsville, Pa.-based Herculite Products Inc., the leading innovator in high performance and custom fabrics, hired Buddy Silva as their new western regional sales manger-awning and marine. Silva comes to Herculite with many years of sales and business development experience. He earned the Marketing Excellence National Award and is a present/past director on two textile industry …