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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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