Safety Components grows management team

May 1, 2017

To optimize the production and inventory of its high-performance technical fabrics, Safety Components has named Ana-Maria Petrea as merchandise planning manager. John Pierce, WeatherMAX® product manager, made the announcement. Petrea will manage planning for Safety Components’ rapidly growing product lines, such as WeatherMAX performance outdoor fabric, Armor AP™, Glide Ice™ and PBI Max™ structural firefighting …

Lectra names Viala EVP

Lectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, has appointed CFO Jérôme Viala to the role of executive vice president for the group. Since becoming CFO in 1994 and a member of the executive committee, Viala has progressively taken on more responsibilities, and is …

Groz-Beckert purchases Ferd. Schmetz Group

Groz-Beckert recently purchased the Ferd. Schmetz Group, based in Aachen, Germany. The Ferd. Schmetz Group is a long-established producer of industrial sewing machine needles and has an estimated 700 employees worldwide. The acquisition includes the production sites in Germany, Switzerland and India as well as the global distribution network. With this acquisition, the Groz-Beckert Group …

Serge Ferrari North America welcomes new regional sales manager

Julie Bui has joined Serge Ferrari North America as the regional sales manager. Bui will handle sales and service of Serge Ferrari products in the states of Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Bui brings extensive sales and service experience to the company. She most recently worked as a field sales …

Walmart awards textiles grants

Walmart has awarded $3 million in U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund grants to six universities. The schools will split the grant money to work on a variety of projects involving innovations in domestic textile manufacturing. It is the third and final round of grants for the fund, which has provided a total of $10 million since …

Byron Yonce joins J. Ennis Fabrics

J. Ennis Fabrics has announced that Byron Yonce has joined its sales team. Yonce comes to J. Ennis Fabrics with more than 25 years of industry experience, especially within the specialty fabrics industry. He has previously served as a member on various boards, most notably as president of the Midwest Fabric Products Association, chair of …

Seaman names sales manager

Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, announced that Dan Weisenberger has joined Seaman Industrial Products as sales manager for the southern region of the U.S. Weisenberger was previously a district sales manager for Saint-Gobain Coated Fabrics, and he brings more than two decades of polymer and technical textile sales knowledge to the Seaman position.

Enduratex moves U.S. headquarters

Enduratex™ has moved its U.S. corporate headquarters from Mira Loma, Calif., to Corona, Calif. In conjunction with the move, Enduratex has introduced a logo change. The new logo represents the evolution and maturation of the brand in the segments it serves. “We have grown tremendously, in multiple segments, during our time in Mira Loma. The …

New report says boating a significant part of the outdoor recreation economy

April 28, 2017

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) released the 2017 edition of the Outdoor Recreation Economy Report. The report captures the power of the outdoor recreation economy which creates billions of dollars in consumer spending and millions of American jobs. Water sports, which includes boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, surfing, scuba and stand-up paddle boarding, generated an …

New study confirms importance of increasing the number of women in manufacturing

April 26, 2017

A new study shows that many manufacturers are missing a critical talent pool in the manufacturing workforce—women—and that hiring more of them could aid in closing the skills gap. The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte and American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) released the study, “Women in Manufacturing: Stepping up to make an impact that matters.” …