Business success across markets

September 26th, 2017

Whether you’re a fabricator for the marine, automobile, commercial or residential markets, Steven Wayne, owner of Southern Stitch Canvas and Upholstery LLC in Gulfport, Mississippi, says many of the same rules apply. According to Wayne, business success comes down to four basic things: skills mastery, excellent communication, judicious customization and customer education. Wayne’s shop works […]

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Sophisticated, simple succession strategies protect your business

September 26th, 2017

Larry Oxenham, senior advisor with the American Society for Asset Protection, says small business owners should ask themselves one question: If something were to happen to me today, what would happen to my company? “Every small business will pass on eventually,” says Oxenham, “either voluntarily or involuntarily.” He says that most successful businesses are built […]

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Government contracts offer great opportunities for textile companies

September 26th, 2017

Business owners who want to pursue government contracts shouldn’t be discouraged, says Mary Linn Langraf, senior international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce/OTEXA. Langraf presented a detailed discussion Sept. 26 at IFAI Expo 2017, emphasizing that the textile industry is a robust area of interest for government procurements. The first step in securing […]

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Shade sails add usability to outdoor spaces

September 26th, 2017

“Shade Sails 2.0” was one of the opening presentations Sept. 26 at IFAI Expo 2017. The presentation featured Tim Koehler, Lawrence Fabric and Metal Structures Inc., and Tim Akes, MPanel Software Solutions, who discussed two projects that could handle wind and snow loads. The first project at Southwest Illinois Community College was an outside study […]

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New additions at Rainier Industries

September 26th, 2017

Rainier Industries of Tukwila, Wash., has hired a new creative director and expanded its tent sales team. Scott Filipiak joins Rainier as creative director. Filipiak has an extensive graphic design and fine arts background with experience that includes working with clients on everything from small advertising campaigns to large scale corporate projects, digital collateral, point […]

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Rainier introduces new tube bending technology

September 20th, 2017

Rainier Industries, Tukwila, Wash., has enhanced its fabrication capabilities with advanced 3D freeform tube bending technology. This proprietary and innovative machine from Europe allows tubing to be shaped with a variable radius to fabricate completely custom and precise shapes. The machine uses a clean bending process without oil. It can bend any commonly available round […]

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Peachtree acquires EventWorks LLC

September 18th, 2017

Peachtree Tents & Events LLC of Atlanta, Ga., and Nashville, Tenn., together with its capital and mezzanine partners, Gemini Investors and Resolute Capital Partners, has acquired EventWorks LLC with offices in Charleston, S.C., Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Savannah, Ga. "We’ve had opportunities to partner with several event service companies over the years, and Peachtree’s reputation […]

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TopTec contribution to hurricane relief efforts

September 5th, 2017

Many companies in the event rental industry are working around the clock to help the thousands affected by Hurricane Harvey. TopTec Event Tents, Moore, S.C., is donating a portion of the proceeds from all TopTec tent orders placed from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund in honor of […]

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