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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FDA continues to facilitate access to crucial medical products

March 23rd, 2020

On March 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took significant action to help increase the availability of ventilators and accessories, as well as other respiratory devices, during the COVID-19 pandemic to support patients with respiratory failure or difficulty breathing. “The FDA’s new actions will mean America can make more ventilators during this crisis,” said Health and […]

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Smart Fabrics Summit goes virtual

March 23rd, 2020

Enjoy the summit via a 2-day webinar format  Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus, there will no longer be an in-person summit in Washington D.C. However, we invite you to attend the Summit virtually. The Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit 2020 features the same great content that the in-person event offers, and you can enjoy it from the comfort of […]

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Gauze fabric needed for medical order

March 23rd, 2020

SEAMS member Carolina Cotton Works is trying to fill a medical supply order and needs 2M+ yards of the gauze fabric pictured below. If you have this fabric, please contact:Stacey Bridges at CCWSBridges@carolinacotton.comCCW Plant/Office14 Commerce Dr.Gaffney, SC 29340864-488-2824 x108

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Sherrod Brown releases plan to address PPE and medical shortages

March 23rd, 2020

In Letter to the President, Brown Outlines Critical Steps White House can Take Now to Address Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has released his plan for addressing the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by healthcare workers on the frontline of keeping Americans healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic.  Read Sen. […]

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Department of Labor offers COVID-19 resources

March 23rd, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for impacts related to the COVID-19 virus. A wealth of information can be found on this website https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus. Information is available on numerous topics including workplace safety, unemployment insurance, and support for dislocated workers. The website was developed in collaboration with the U.S. […]

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Small Business Administration responds to COVID-19

March 23rd, 2020

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is urging businesses do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. The SBA will work directly with state governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits […]

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