HEYtex & BondCote hires Wolynes

May 1, 2017

HEYtex & BondCote Corp. has hired Earle Wolynes as sales manager–industrial. Wolynes has more than 20 years of experience in the textile industry in manufacturing, development, sales, marketing and outside consulting. Over his career he has received eight patents in textiles and is a multi-time member of Milliken’s Innovators Hall of Fame. Wolynes will be …

Top Value Fabrics honors Hinsch

Robert Hinsch, vice president of Top Value Fabrics, Carmel, Ind., is celebrating his 30th year with the company. Hinsch is recognized throughout the industry as an expert in developing custom textile solutions for a range of industries. He joined the company in 1987 with the idea to build a West Coast sales and distribution center. …

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Well-defended exterior upholstery

Fabrics and components that result in long-lasting cushions Exterior boat cushions get punished. They withstand the sun, wind, rain, saltwater, temperature changes and passenger activity. Despite these factors, these cushions are expected to look good while exposed to climate conditions. Fortunately, marine fabricators know how to merge form and function in outdoor seating. “We must …

WeatherMAX 3D Outdoor Fabric

WeatherMAX® 3D is a high-performance outdoor technical fabric. Intended for sun shades, protective covers or any application requiring outdoor durability, the highly elastic fabric stretches 30–100 percent. WeatherMAX 3D is water-resistant and has long-term UV and fade resistance. www.safetycomponents.com

Crystal Clear Vinyl

Crystal Clear double-roller polished marine-grade clear vinyl window sheeting has an additive UV protectant that makes this an excellent product in 20-, 30- and 40-gauge applications. This exceptionally clear film is ideal for outdoor enclosures, including curtains and bimini tops. www.vicarinternational.com

Turn Button & Curtain Fastener Drivers

The Turn Button & Curtain Fastener Drivers work on screw-in turn buttons and curtain fastener studs. C.S. Osborne also makes a tool for bending prongs on these fasteners that is fast, easy and safe, and a durable hand punch for cutting slits for fastener prongs. www.csosborne.com

Safety Components grows management team

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 …

Fit Right Cover Kit

The Fit Right Cover Kit comes with 50 socket pins, 25 holding caps and 1 unsnapping tool. The kit helps fabricators save time when laying out projects and measuring patterns for marine canvas. Individual components also sold separately. www.csosborne.com

Positive projections

Every year, a state of the industry report is published by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Jeffrey Rasmussen, IFAI’s market research director, writes the report, factoring in numerous market realities. Growth in the United States specialty fabrics industry was approximately 2.3 percent in 2016 and is expected to reach 2.6 percent in 2017. For marine …

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Foam: The what, when and where

Cushion foam is an important component of any marine seating project. 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 complexity of choices in foam types, materials, densities and compression factors, but …