Hooks named president of the ARA

March 3, 2021

Dan Hooks, CERP, president and CEO of Party Reflections, Charlotte, N.C., has been installed as the 59th president of the board of directors for the American Rental Association (ARA), an international trade association serving the equipment and event rental industry. Hooks will assume a key role on behalf of the association as an officer and …

Coats to host sustainability webinar

March 1, 2021

On March 12, 2021, Coats will host the live panel discussion “Targeting Circularity” with members from its sustainability delivery team. Panelists will explore Coats’ sustainability agenda, industry challenges and the shift towards circularity, and innovations to enable a more sustainable future. Headquartered in the U.K., Coats is a leading industrial thread business that employs 17,000 …

YKK highlights sustainability with digital showcase

February 25, 2021

YKK, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of zippers and fastening products, will present its spring/summer 2022 collection digitally, in response to the ongoing global pandemic. The format will include new features such as a 3D and color options simulator, alongside virtual previews and online presentations. At the heart of the YKK spring/summer 2022 collection …

Employers face continued challenges creating employee pandemic policies

February 23, 2021

Kicking off the second day of the IFAI Fabricators Conference & Showcase on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, human resources expert, Chad Sorenson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, from Adaptive HR Solutions LLC, presented a session entitled “Employee Strategies in the midst of COVID-19.” Sorenson says that for the past year, employers have been forced to “make things up …

COVID-19 and the tent rental industry supply chain

Michael Tharpe, national sales manager of Rainier Industries Ltd. and chairman of IFAI’s Tent Rental Division, discussed the effects of COVID-19 on the tent rental industry supply chain during his presentation at the IFAI Fabricators Conference & Showcase on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Before the pandemic, the 2020 forecast for the revenue, party and event …

EPA approves Livinguard self-disinfecting textile

February 18, 2021

Livinguard has announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the hygiene-technology company’s patented self-disinfecting textile (EPA Reg N. 95700-2). Livinguard’s new textile is effective against Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria to the tune of 100,000 times in 10 minutes, among the highest levels of defense against disease-causing pathogens. In addition to killing 99.999% of bacteria, Livinguard’s technology continuously …

Equipment and event rental revenues expected to grow in 2021

February 17, 2021

For the first time since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic adversely impacted the equipment and event rental industry last year, the latest American Rental Association (ARA) forecast calls for more positive growth in 2021 and beyond. The previous forecast, released on Nov. 12, 2020, projected a modest uptick of 0.3 percent in equipment and event rental …

Miller Weldmaster announces management team additions

February 16, 2021

Miller Weldmaster has hired Samantha Zimmerman as its financial controller and Nichole Simmons as its human resources manager. Zimmerman will oversee the finance department and ensure that the integrity of the financials is maintained, and data is compiled and distributed timely and accurately. Simmons will align the human resources functions to meet the goals, directives …

Herculite Products acquires Laminated Fabrics Division of Burlan Manufacturing

February 11, 2021

Herculite Products Inc., a leading innovator and manufacturer of high performance and custom fabrics, has acquired the Laminated Fabrics Division of Burlan Manufacturing LLC. This acquisition strengthens Herculite’s position as a global leader in high performance reinforced textile composites. Herculite’s President & CEO, Peter McKernan says, “The acquisition advances our mission to help our customers …

Eastman Machine Company announces building acquisition and expansion of headquarters

February 10, 2021

Eastman Machine Company, influenced by client and product line growth, has announced a building acquisition and anticipated expansion of its headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y. Eastman Machine recently closed on 707 Washington Street and will now occupy the entire city block between Washington and Ellicott streets, south of Goodell Street and north of E. Tupper Street. …