Does “Made in the USA” matter in the sewn-goods industry?

August 30, 2017

A flexible approach to contract sewing has helped Jonco Industries, Milwaukee, Wis., navigate the decline of sewing manufacturing in the U.S. The company is currently manufacturing custom tool pouches and toolbox covers, school uniforms, hats, specialty backpacks, car seat covers and changing blankets. Photo: Jonco Industries Inc. A 2015 survey

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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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