STEM, women and the advanced textile industry

October 16, 2017

Jobs in STEM subjects outnumber applicants in contrast to employment opportunities elsewhere. Photo: Change the Equation (CTEq) by Marie O’Mahony With the U.S. set to overtake China as the most competitive manufacturing nation within five years, according to a new study by Deloitte Global and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness,

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Choosing the right foam for your seating project

August 16, 2017

A comfortable custom exterior seating design for one client’s site-specific alcove. Photos: Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc. From cockpit cushions with hull angles to bosun’s chairs and boat mattresses, choosing the best solution for cushion foam is a bit of a science. The task can feel daunting given the

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Eco-friendly upholstery fabrics

August 16, 2017

Breathe by Milliken™ textiles are eco-friendly, durable performance upholstery fabrics that repel everyday stains, are easily cleanable, sustainably designed and responsibly manufactured. Breathe fabrics are the industry’s first fluorine-free performance fabrics compatible with both natural and manmade fibers. They emit no VOCs, including PFCs like PFOS and PFOA, or added

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Textile industry files comments on trade agreement violations and abuses

August 16, 2017

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has filed public comments in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order directing the federal government to investigate violations and abuses of U.S. trade agreements. “A thorough investigation of trade agreement abuses and violations is long overdue and we appreciate President Trump’s desire to

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How to attract and hire exceptional employees

August 16, 2017

In the buyer’s market of recent years, it was probably easy for you to attract top-notch job candidates. Not so much today. With new job creation being healthier than expected in 2016, and further increases so far this year, finding and hiring the best candidates for your shop will no

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Chad Miller keeps American National Manufacturing on top of changing market demands

August 16, 2017

Photos by Steve Giraud Photography, Inc. People often ask if we make a particular product, and the answer is often no. But can we? To that, the answer is yes,” says Chad Miller, director of contract manufacturing of American National Mfg. Inc. and formerly co-owner of Plas-Tech Sealing Technologies, Corona,

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Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo

May 2, 2017

Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo is a new trade show concept that will bring together suppliers offering the latest solutions to the manufacturers and importers of home furnishings. For two-days suppliers will be showcasing their latest products, services, machinery, and technologies for the home furnishings manufacturing industry, along with a

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3D Simulation and the Apparel Design Curriculum

May 2, 2017

Apparel design as a discipline and industry has often been characterized as highly resistant to change in processes. This is in no small part due to the extremely short product cycle (traditionally 3-4 months, and shortening every day) and ever-increasing pressure to reduce costs and produce faster. Other product-producing industries

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Ehmke Manufacturing Co. Inc. receives Boeing award

May 1, 2017

Ehmke Manufacturing Co. Inc. has been named 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award Winner. The Philadelphia, Pa.-based company was recognized for its support of the Boeing Defense, Space & Security Division, specifically the Boeing H-47 Chinook and V-22 Osprey programs. Ehmke provides engineering, manufacturing and installation support for the design and

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Future of Shade Design Competition call for entries

April 28, 2017

Sunbrella® and Architizer™ invite the architecture and design community to reimagine shade design with the announcement of the fifth annual Future of Shade competition. The competition calls on creative architects and designers from around the world to envision pioneering shade designs to meet the needs of the 21st century and

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