Turn Button & Curtain Fastener Drivers

May 1, 2017

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 …

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 …

Part 1: State of the Industry 2017

Despite some slowing of global GDP in 2016, growth of the U.S. and Canadian specialty fabrics industry is slow but steady, and markets like fabric structures, tent rental and manufacturing, fabric graphics and marine fabrication are outpacing national averages. The pace is expected to continue, but can also be somewhat constrained by changes in unemployment …

Leading a company by building a strong culture for employee success

Chris Ritsema leads his company, Canvas Innovations, by building a strong culture for employee success. My vision has always been to grow a company that empowers its employees,” says Chris Ritsema, owner of Canvas Innovations in Holland, Mich. “I want to give people a reason to stay here and build their careers—and to do that …

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 …