Commerce Dept. to discuss textile industry assessment findings in October 18 Webinar

October 17, 2017

In 2016, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) undertook its first comprehensive survey and assessment of the health and competitiveness of the U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry since 2003.  The BIS team is now prepared to share preliminary findings of this critically important study that will be unveiled later this …

Submit your best photos to the InTents Buyer’s Guide cover contest

October 10, 2017

We’re looking for the perfect photo for the cover of the 2018 InTents Buyer’s Guide. This is your opportunity to show off your best work to the entire industry! Submit photos that meet these guidelines: High resolution: 300 dpi and at least 2 MB at 4-by-6 inches. 2. A safe installation. 3. Good composition, lighting and color. …

Gant retires as Glen Raven CEO

October 9, 2017

Allen Gant Jr. has retired as CEO of textile manufacturer Glen Raven Inc., with C.G. “Leib” Oehmig IV, a 28-year veteran of Glen Raven, stepping in as his successor. Gant will remain chairman of the company’s operating board. Gant joined Glen Raven in 1971 and was named CEO in 1996. Gant announced in 2013 that …

E-textiles experts field questions at IFAI Expo

September 28, 2017

A group of trainblazers in the world of e-textiles offered ideas and fielded questions in a casual setting on IFAI’s EXPO show floor yesterday. Many of the audience were experts themselves, so the discussion was, one might say, among colleagues in this segment. Standards for smart textiles was on the minds of many. One audience …

Government contracts offer great opportunities for textile companies

September 26, 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 …

Shade sails add usability to outdoor spaces

“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 …

New additions at Rainier Industries

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 …

Rainier introduces new tube bending technology

September 20, 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 …

Peachtree acquires EventWorks LLC

September 18, 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 …

TopTec contribution to hurricane relief efforts

September 5, 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 …