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MMI Textiles and Hyde Definition create a partnership for production and distribution of the PenCott™Brand of Camouflage for Domestic and International Military and Commercial Markets

by Debbie 8. October 2014 08:50

WESTLAKE, OHIO, USA, OCTOBER 7, 2014 – MMI Textiles introduces Hyde Definition’s PenCott™ family of patterns into its strong portfolio of military textile products. The PenCott™ inventory will initially consist of the BadLands™, GreenZone™, SandStorm™ and SnowDrift™ patterns on 500D Cordura, Nylon-Cotton Ripstop, and 50D Polyester fabrics - all printed and finished to meet US milspec nIR standards. Future production will also expand to include Asia for delivery to our customers who manufacture their end products in the Far East. Additional fabric and fabric-based substrates will be added to the portfolio as well – some of which will also leverage new printing technologies.

Increased availability of PenCott™ patterns, with commitment from the MMI Team

MMI has always had a strong commitment to the US armed forces, and many of our international customers also seek quality products that have been manufactured to US standards. We have over 30 years of experience in the military market producing cotton, nylon, polyester and blended fabrics. The PenCott™ family of camouflage patterns greatly enhances our existing product offering and we are excited to have this opportunity to increase sales and marketing efforts for this newly created partnership. For further information about the PenCott™ patterns, please visit www.HydeDefinition.com and/or the PenCott™ Facebook page at: www.Facebook.com/PenCottcamouflage

PenCott™ - Mission Critical Camouflage: the science behind the solution

The development of the PenCott™ pattern began in 2005 as a result of Dom Hyde noting that virtually all current-issue military camouflage patterns for clothing were ineffective in many environments and missions in a post 9/11 world. A culmination of decades of studying and experimenting with thousands of camouflage designs and the direct result of several years of independent research and development has gone into the creation of PenCott™. The 360° pattern geometry - with the inclusion of large, medium and small fractal shapes - makes the pattern effective at close, mid and long range; and because of its non-linear orientation, the full effectiveness of the pattern is retained whether the wearer is standing, kneeling or prone. Hyde Definition Ltd. is a leading camouflage design company founded in England by Dom Hyde in 2008. In 2011 Hyde Definition expanded its geographical footprint when Lawrence Holsworth, Director of Marketing and Business Development relocated to the US.

Hyde Definition Ltd. is a leading camouflage design company founded in England by Dom Hyde in 2008. In 2011 Hyde Definition expanded its geographical footprint when Lawrence Holsworth, Director of Marketing and Business Development relocated to the US.

IFAI Follow Up

by MMI Textiles 2. December 2013 15:09

Many of you attended the IFAI Specialty Fabrics show in October where there were countless business exchanges, learning opportunities, and new relationships forged. The number of attendees and the buzz on the floor was noticeable and exciting. Efforts continue to make these shows more interactive through displays and on floor demonstrations that feature products made from specialty and custom fabrics.

This year’s show featured an area designated “Advanced Textiles”, which featured new products specific to the Safety and Medical Industry. At the 2014 IFAI show in Minneapolis MN, the intent will be to continue highlighting various suppliers, product lines, and innovations in support of Police, Military, and various Law Enforcement Agencies. The show will also feature comprehensive programming designed to help attendees understand the current specialty fabrics markets, end-user applications, emerging markets, advanced technologies, and the future of fabric products. Please stay tuned to developments by checking the Review Magazine, one of our leading industry publications.

It is also that time of year to spend time with Family and Friends. The team here at MMI Textiles wishes you a happy, healthy, and safe Holiday Season. Thank you again for all your support – and please let us know how we can be of service to you.

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IFAI 2013

by MMI Textiles 13. September 2013 12:45
Well the time has come. Leaves cover the greens up north, soon snow and sleet will be falling in Boston, but the warm Florida sun will bring everyone together at the IFAI 2013 in Orlando. Returning to the 2010 site, this year’s show will hardly be the same and expects to bring many new opportunities with the addition of the Advanced Textiles Conference and the 2013 SGAI Expo.

The Specialty Graphics Imaging Association will showcase new technologies in digital imaging, screen printing, outdoor advertising, fleet and vehicle graphics and fine art to name a few. With its’ massive 219,000 sq ft expo floor attendees will see more exhibitors than ever before while having the option to educational seminars covering new printing applications, business strategies and marketing ideas to make your business successful.

This years IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo will bring thousands of attendees into over 400 exhibiting booths and is sure to generate an abundance of networking opportunities promoting limitless business potential! The demand for advanced textile applications was answered by the IFAI with the addition of the Advanced Textiles Conference and Trade Show. This event will display advances in products affecting aerospace, engineering, geosynthetics, medical, safety as well as military markets. Here at MMI Textiles we are very excited to show advanced products in all of these market places. Be sure to stop by our booth 5604 in the Advanced Textile section and see what we have in store.

Looking for some extracurricular activities with all of the networking benefits of a work day? Be sure to sign up for one or as many of these activities as possible! The IFF Golf Tournament will be Tuesday October, 22 at noon. It will be played at Marriot’s Grande Pines Golf Club which is one of the finer courses around. If you’re not much of a golfer you can still get out and enjoy the weather at the IFF Sunset Gator Tour starting a 3PM. You will tour the Florida Everglades with refreshments at sunset while taking in the sights and sounds of the native wildlife. In 2012, IFF handed out 10 scholarships and these two events are sure to make 2013 even more successful with your help. Support this great cause and meet everyone in the industry along the way. MMI Textiles will be attending both events and we hope to see you there!

Have a great show!

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What's Going On....

by MMI Textiles 28. May 2013 11:14

Nick and Amy attended the Outlook Conference in Charleston on May 7th and 8th and enjoyed seeing a lot of our valued partners over that two day period – the market economist painted a grim picture for the textile industry, but we continue to see positive things happening within our organization and remain optimistic!

The MMI Sales Team attended SOFIC inTampa May 14 – 16 and enjoyed a chance to catch up with current customers and partners and work on new opportunities.  We have been working very hard on our new digital print line and are excited to show you our progress as we unveil products in the near future.  Please keep in touch with us and let us know if there are any digital print needs you have in the future.

Congratulations to Tom Ullom who celebrated his 9 year anniversary with MMI on May 3rd, and to Karen Peters who celebrated her 5  year anniversary with us on May 20th.  We are so proud to have them on our team!

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How to select the right coating for your application

by MMI Textiles 21. February 2013 08:55

The process of coating fabrics goes back to the 18th century with the production of oilcloth.  Fabric was coated with linseed oil; thus the fabric was made water resistant.  The coating of a fabric gives the textile a property it did not have on its own.

Today we can see coated fabrics all around us.  From waterproof camping gear, UV protected window shades, protective clothing for fire fighters to the inflatable chutes on aircraft, coated textiles have important applications to our everyday lives.

In order to get the fabric and coating combination correct, consider the final application.  For example, will the product need to be water resistant, mildew resistant, fire retardant, and breathable or any combination of these?  Let’s consider a military application like a backpack; a backpack would need to be water resistant. A boat cover calls for water, mildew resistance and breathability.  It is very important to consider your total requirements for the application.

There are many options when is comes to fabrics and coatings. Finding the right combination for your project is the key to success.  

Camouflage Fabric History

by MMI Textiles 7. January 2013 15:50

Today, camouflage uniforms are worn by all soldiers in the military. Yet, many armies prior to 1915 wore very colorful uniforms.  The French Army developed the first unit dedicated to camouflage.  Artists were enlisted to help design camouflage.  In 1942 the US Army began camouflage development.

Camouflage is an important part of the modern Army. It is a tool that breaks up the soldier’s recognizable   human form. This blending into the environment enables the solider to spot the enemy first.

 Military camouflage has changed over the years due to the change in terrain and camouflage science.  There is the khaki and green of WWII; the olive drab of Korea and Vietnam; the woodland color of the Cold War and Balkans; the 'chocolate chip' pattern of the Gulf War; the desert pattern of Afghanistan and Iraq; and the grey pixel pattern of today.”

 Soldiers aren’t the only ones using camouflage fabrics.  Hunting camouflage was developed in the late 1970’s.  Jim Crumley used a Magic Marker on brown dyed work clothes to create a tree bark pattern.  Hunting camouflage serves a similar purpose to military camouflage. It allows the hunter to spot the target before they are spotted.

Camouflage has proven to be a very useful tool.  We here at MMI Textiles are encouraged by the advances made in camouflage science as it helps to keep our military safe. We would also like to thank all that have served to protect our freedom.

 *Miller, Chris. (2012, July 13) The (pixilated) things they carried. Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/13/the-pixelated-things-they-carried


MMI Textiles Giving Back During the Holidays and All Year Long

by MMI Textiles 11. December 2012 13:32

At this time of year many people give to charitable organizations and volunteer in their communities as a way to celebrate the holiday season. We celebrate the holiday with an annual Toy Drive for the Salvation Army. This year’s drive was a huge success.

As a way to thank our customers during the holiday season we donate to an organization in their honor. This year a donation was made to Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.In addition, a percentage of the proceeds from the greetings cards sent this year went to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Our employees are also active volunteers in the community. Molly Feiklowicz volunteers with Honor Flight Cleveland. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that pays tribute to WWII and Korean War veterans who served our country by providing them a safe and memorable all expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials honoring their service. Most of her volunteer work is greeting the veterans at Cleveland Hopkins airport on flight days two times a month at 4:00 a.m. She has actually flown as a Guardian on five flights over the last three years; MMI was the sponsor for two of them.

Melanie Thompson volunteers her time to Hands on Northeast Ohio. Hands on Northeast Ohio makes it simple for volunteers to choose from a variety of projects that connect community needs with their time and interests. She has volunteered at the Cleveland Foodbank, community gardens and special 9/11 projects.

Geoff Senko volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club. He mentors students, helps with homework and serves as a coach for volleyball and football. Throughout the year he hosts fundraising events for the Cleveland clubs including a Celebrity Bartending night.

We are always looking for opportunities to make a difference in our community during the holiday and throughout the year.  

 
 

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IFAI Round UP

by MMI Textiles 16. November 2012 16:57

It was another great year at IFAI. We were really excited to celebrate all that is new at MMI Textiles with everyone at the show. We greeted attendees in our brand new booth. Check out the picture below. You will notice we also have an updated logo. The most exciting update of all is our newly designed website. The website is designed to help visitors quickly and easily find information on the products and services we offer.

As we celebrated the future at the MMI Textiles booth we also took time to honor the past 100 years of IFAI. The 100th Year Celebration Party was a tribute to an industry that has made innovations that have had impact of the lives of many. Our president, Amy Hammond along with Bob Rosania from Ehmke Manufacturing took time to thank all of the sponsors and lead the room in a Happy Birthday sing-a-long.

Not only did show attendees have the opportunity to celebrate they could also give back. The Industrial Fabrics Foundation’s fall fund raiser took place on November 6, 2012. The first ever IFF Indy Fund Raiser at F1 Boston gave participants a chance to drive on a professional indoor kart racing track. Over $17,000 were raised for IFF scholarships and industry research.

Another first at the IFAI 2012 was the Show Stopper Awards. Awards are given to best products from the show exhibitors. We entered our 1000D Perforated Nylon fabric. Although we did not win we were pleased to received positive feedback about the product.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth. We enjoyed greeting friends both new and old. We will see you next year in Orlando!

What’s new with MMI

by MMI Textiles 23. October 2012 13:56

MMI Textiles is exhibiting at the IFAI Expo in Boston, Nov. 7th -9th.!

This is a big year for the Industrial Fabrics Association International as they are celebrating 100 years. If you will be attending the show make sure you stop in and visit us at our booth #778. Learn more about the products we offer and take the opportunity to meet our staff!

MMI Textiles is growing!

We have hired a new employee Melanie Thompson as an Administrative/Marketing Assistant. Melanie has a B.A. in Marketing and brings with her an extensive background in customer service and marketing. She will be focusing her efforts on spearheading our marketing plan. Melanie will be starting with MMI on October 29th. Please join us in welcoming her to the MMI team! We are looking forward to having her.

MMI Textiles is moving!

As we have grown and added personnel, we have outgrown our current location. We will be moving to our new facility in Westlake around mid December, doubling our space and adding some onsite warehouse space.

The new location will also provide us with space for a new lab area; enabling us to do some testing of our products for increased quality control.

Our new address will be:

29260 Clemens Rd.
Bldg. II, Suites B
Westlake, OH 44145

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