NFPA documents open for public comment

June 21, 2012

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is collecting comments regarding NFPA-701 and NFPA-70E. A notice has been issued by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on behalf of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to anyone interested in submitting comments about existing fire codes and standards and the development of new codes and standards. This …

IFAI’s International Achievement Awards entry deadline: July 15

June 13, 2012

For more than 60 years, global companies have entered the annual International Achievement Awards competition: high-visibility recognition of the best products in the specialty fabrics market. Entries are judged by industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals selected for their knowledge in a particular field of study or product area. If you’d like to …

metroConnections announces hires and promotions

June 1, 2012

Award-winning conference, event, production and transportation services firm metroConnections Inc., Minneapolis, Minn., announces several new hires and promotions: Eric Bryson has joined the firm as event services artist and fabricator. Taylor Martinson has been hired as production services coordinator. Alissa Bemis has been hired as tours and marketing coordinator Mary Beth Blom has joined the …

Color blocking for dramatic wedding design

Be bold. Be loud. Be marry. By Melissa Paul An all-white palette is the most classic Western wedding scheme, but today’s couples are more likely to crave daring hues. In 2012, this trend seems even more intense and dramatic. Weddings are sensory experiences, shared through taste, smell, sound and touch. But sight grabs you first, …

Solar ambition: tents powered by the sun

The evolution of a mobile solar-powered structure. Scott Gibson of New Sun Productions is the first to admit that new technology can be like venturing into a rabbit hole. The system designer based in Highland, N.Y., has spent more than seven years down one of those rabbit holes, developing a mobile structure that supports solar-powered …

Historic coverage: Parliamentary VIPs protected from the damp

When Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II arrived for the State Opening of Parliament on May 9, she could put her mind at ease that the assembled VIPs waiting to gain entry for this historic occasion would be sheltered from the unseasonably wet weather under a custom entrance canopy manufactured by Custom Covers at its Southampton base. …

Verseidag Seemee US has promoted Eric Tischer to president

Verseidag Seemee US has promoted Eric Tischer to president. Tischer will be responsible for handling all day-to-day business of VSUS’s North and South American markets. He previously served as vice president and director of textiles. Tischer replaces Garland Drew, who will remain with Verseidag Indutex as a consultant and handle specialized worldwide functions.

Orion Software establishes Australian subsidiary

Rental software provider Orion Software Inc. of Montreal, Quebec, Canada has established an Australian subsidiary based in Melbourne, Victoria. Shaun Loubser, who previously held the position of director of customer support at the Montreal office, was named managing director of the Australian subsidiary.“Our goal is to provide our current and future customer base in the …

Graniteville Specialty Fabrics purchases machines from Mascoe Systems

Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, a Greenville, S.C.-based producer of specialty coatings and coated fabrics, announces the purchase of two coating machines from Mascoe Systems Corp., the largest manufacturer of coating machines in the U.S. As many as six different coating methods are built into the coating machines. The coaters are built with high-tolerance machining practices and …

Terry Turner receives Pinnacle Award

Terry Turner, president of Knoxville, Tenn.-based All Occasions Party Rentals, was one of nine business leaders honored at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Pinnacle Awards in May. The Small Business Excellence Award, which recognizes businesses with 50 or fewer employees, was given to All Occasions Party Rentals. In March, All Occasions Party Rentals launched …