YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. launches Solutions Group

October 28th, 2020

YKK (U.S.A.) Inc., a manufacturer of zippers, plastic buckles and other hardware, hook and loop fasteners, webbing tapes, and snaps and buttons, has announced the launch of its new Solutions Group ahead of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo. The Solutions Group aims to help manufacturers struggling with issues such as time-consuming manual processes, […]

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Longtime IFAI member Chuck Dill dies

May 19th, 2020

Charles R. “Chuck” Dill, owner of BH Awning & Tent, Benton Harbor, Mich., died March 26. Dill, 80, had been a member of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) since 1971. He was member of IFAI’s Professional Awning Manufacturers Association and the Canvas Products Association, Zone 7. His obituary is available online at https://memorials.starksfamilyfh.com/charles-dill/4143349/.

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Vertilux producing face mask kits: sewers needed!

March 31st, 2020

Vertilux, headquartered in Miami, Fla, is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of fabrics, components and automated solutions for the window covering industry. Recently, the company decided to join the fight against COVID-19 and start producing face masks kits for other people and organizations who have the capabilities to sew them in large quantities. […]

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IFAI Member Forum Webinars set

March 24th, 2020

IFAI division members are invited to attend a Member Forum Webinar. We encourage you to take part in an open conversation with other members about the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic and discuss how your company is doing/navigating through this situation.  Discussion questions include: What practices are you implementing to keep staff working further apart and at a […]

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Message from INDA regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 23rd, 2020

Dear Colleagues, INDA is committed to safe working principles for our members, our staff and the industry as a whole. We are all making adjustments in our business to minimize the impacts and spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are carefully monitoring and following the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, and the North […]

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NCSL tracks state fiscal responses to COVID-19

March 23rd, 2020

As the global and national response to COVID-19 dominates public attention, state legislatures are taking steps to address budgetary and economic threats. To find current state by state information, The National Conference of State Legislatures website outlines state budget legislation to prepare and respond to the coronavirus through supplemental appropriations, rainy day fund transfers and […]

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Financial resources for small businesses

March 23rd, 2020

America's SBDC, the association that represents the country’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), is working to help small businesses address the business challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. It has compiled a list of excellent resources for small businesses looking for information about disaster recovery loans, protecting the safety of workers and customers, […]

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Gerard Systems offers sewing assistance on gowns and masks

March 23rd, 2020

Girard Systems, an RV awning manufacturer in San Clemente, Calif., is offering assistance in producing COVID-19 supplies.  Monica Girard says, "My mother, Marcia Girard, is the owner, and was just notified the RV industry is closing their doors for the next two weeks. We have warehouses that are currently sewing fabrics for hundreds of awnings each […]

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IFAI offers template letter for shelter-in-place orders

March 23rd, 2020

Dear IFAI member, I hope you are doing well and staying healthy during the COVID-19 crisis. IFAI and other industry associations have been working with officials at the highest levels of the White House, the administration and senior congressional officials, who have enlisted our industry's help to meet the country's needs for medical-related personal protective equipment […]

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Beverly Knits joins coalition for produce face masks

March 23rd, 2020

Beverly Knits Inc. is proud to be involved in the effort led by Hanes and Parkdale to help support the fight against COVID-19. Working with a coalition of textile companies, the company is ramping up production in the U.S. to provide face masks for health care workers on the frontlines. With the combined efforts of […]

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