Walmart awards textiles grants

May 1, 2017

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 …

Phifer Indoor/Outdoor Fabrics

GeoBella® Indoor/Outdoor Performance Fabrics has introduced a new line of colors. Burnt Orange, Spruce, Mushroom, Slate and Chambray are the newest introductions to the line. Chic and functional, these plush 100 percent recyclable fabrics are suitable for any area of the home. www.phifer.com

Turn Button & Curtain Fastener Cutters

C.S. Osborne manufactures the original cutting pliers used to install turn buttons and curtain fasteners in marine canvas. These time-saving tools make all jobs faster and easier. Made in the USA with heavy-gauge steel, hardened castings and stainless steel rivets. www.csosborne.com

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.

Turn Button & Curtain Fastener Punches

C.S. Osborne manufactures two different hand punches used to install turn buttons and curtain fasteners in marine canvas. The punches are a more economical alternative to the company’s heavy-duty cutting pliers. Made in the U.S. www.csosborne.com

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 …

Planning the work and working the plan

I was approached by Harry Smith, marina manager of the Peninsula Yacht Club in Cornelius, N.C., to review a project that required the expertise of a custom canvas designer. The project in question was a cover for a newly acquired 40-foot Andreyale yacht designed and built by Latitude 46® in 2004. The boat would be …

A family business that thrives

Ben Lange, owner of Wyoming Canvas, in Wyoming, Minn., established his business in 1981. His shop has six employees who fabricate boat and pontoon covers, travel tops and upholstery. With its long history in the local community, Wyoming Canvas is a huge supporter of area schools, the VFW, local church groups and youth fundraisers. What …