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Introducing MMI's line of Performance Knits...

by Annie 6. February 2017 12:27

 

MMI partners with Longworth Industries to diversify product line and reinforce commitment to outdoor industry

WESTLAKE, OH - MMI Textiles, Inc., a leading supplier in the textile industry, announced today that they are introducing a line of performance knit fabrics through an exclusive partnership with Longworth Industries. The goal of this addition is to diversify MMI’s product line, strengthen their commitment to the tactical and military markets, and continue to sell more products made in the USA.

 

This line of apparel materials is currently available in various weights that can be tailored in a garment depending on the intended environment.  It features a group of fire retardant fabrics and a group of fast-drying fabrics. Engineered with silver anti-microbial protection to help resist odor, superior moisture management, breathability, and anti-shrink/pick/pilling; the benefits of these knits are numerous. These products also allow MMI to continue adding to and maintaining their ability to offer so many products Made in the USA.

 

“Being able to offer performance knits helps fulfill our promise of providing more products and high-tech solutions to all of our customers, specifically those who are in the performance apparel market.”, said founder and president of MMI Textiles Inc., Amy Bircher.  

 

After 20 years in the business, MMI Textiles, Inc. has a long history and an excellent reputation of serving the industry. The company’s mission is to be an all-in-one supplier to the commercial, outdoors, medical, and military markets. MMI supplies fabric, hardware, labels, and more to customers all over the world.

 

Longworth Industries, Inc located in Southern Pines and Candor, NC, has over 30 years of experience in innovative fabric development and product testing for next-to-skin apparel. Their fabrics are also tested by an outside professional that are approved by the US Military for features for durability, wicking, air permeability, stretch and recovery, burst strength, flammability, char and durability.  The test results are then used to continue to improve and provide an even more effective fabric. All Longworth Industries fabrics are designed, developed, constructed, sewn, and finished in the USA. With a strong green story and a completely vertical business structure, it is no wonder that Longworth Industries is one of the nation's top next-to-skin fabric & apparel manufacturers. 

 

For More Information: Please contact MMI at 44-899-8050 or info@mmitextiles.com

Want to know more about MMI? Watch this!

by Annie 3. February 2017 11:43


We are excited to share the new MMI video with you. The video will give you a little more insight on who we are, where we came from, and why we like to do what we do. It features our office, our president and owner Amy Bircher, our Regional Sales Manger Geoff Senko, and Tom Auer from Bearse USA who is an indispensable partner to the MMI team. Follow this link to watch now!


 


Enjoy! 

SHOT Show 2017 is in the books...

by Annie 30. January 2017 11:22



SHOT Show 2017 is always an awesome way to kick off the new year.

Not to mention, anyone who gets the chance capitalizes on the opportunity to head West from Cleveland in January. Our team returned last week and brought back so much to say on new product lines and high-tech designs that they got to see at SHOT Show. In addition to the cool things they saw, they got to meet and see some new and old industry friends. On Wednesday night, the team attended the famed Crye Precision party in costume. And as you can see from the picture below, our team takes costumes very seriously.

This year, we participated in the new SHOT Supplier Showcase and were able to display our products more in-depth. Our MultiCam®  printed narrow fabrics featuring the patent-pending CTEdge™ are displayed on the Crye Precision vest which was a big hit. We sell these products in webbing, elastic, loop, zipper, and binding tape. You can read more details on the product and the CTEdge™ in this post which was featured on Soldier Systems Daily. In addition, we were able to show off our new line of fire retardant and anti-microbial performance knits. This line consists of 17 different styles ranging from lightweight meshes to heavyweight fleeces. Just in case the buzz about some of our new products overshadow our vast exsisting lines, don't forget about the things like our stock CORDURA® nylons and our Berry Compliant hardware.

If we didn’t get the chance to see you at the showcase and you want more information or samples on any of our products, shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com or give us a quick call at 440-899-8050.  Keep in mind we do our best to stay active and committed to serving the military and tactical industry in as many ways that we can and we are ever striving to improve. 

 

Have You Heard About Our Line of Unequal® fabrics?

by Annie 26. January 2017 15:55


We wanted to circle back around to talk about our line of Unequal® military fabrics. We partnered with Unequal® Technology to give 
customers a line of materials focused on protection. Unequal® produces the EXO® Skeleton family of ultra-thin, ultra-light and wearable protective materials. Alone or in a package they can stop: steel shot, bullets, frangible ammunition, frag, shrapnel, and are flame resistant.

Here’s the scoop on the six different styles available:

Threat reduction materials to integrate into your existing product that address impact, trauma, frag, etc. Available by the yard or the roll --

 

  •  Double Take™ (3130)  - Thin • Light • Flexible | 18.0 oz +/- 1.5 oz
  •  Blast Shield™ (STDB2) - Flexible • Comfortable | 48.2 oz +/- 3.0 oz
  •  Rip Force™ (1009)  - Thin • Flexible | 13.8 +/- 0.3 oz 
  •  Falcon™ (3570)  - Max Strength • Thin | 16.8 oz +/- 1.1 oz
  •  Second Strike™ (3120)  - Thin • Light • Flexible | 16.5 oz +/- 1.0 oz
  •  Red Ripper™ -  Slash / Stab 

 

 This line compliments our robust offering of military products including MultiCam® printed narrow fabrics, hardware, webbing, and various wide, Berry Compliant fabrics. 

 

 

Look for the MMI Team at SHOT Show 2017

by Annie 5. January 2017 12:06


Happy New Year – here at MMI we are gearing up for 2017, big time. We have lots of good things planned and we can’t wait to tell you all about them. One the first things on our 2017 agenda: SHOT Show 2017. The annual show is really one of our teams favorite and not only because they get to escape the 10 degree temperatures for Las Vegas.

We love getting to hang out with all our colleagues, partners, and friends who will be at SHOT show. Our commitment to the military and tactical industry is something we focus on and take very serious – so we jump at the chance to travel to SHOT and talk with others who are equally as passionate about these things as we are.

This year we are focusing on a few things that we think bring major value to our existing customer base, new customers, and the industry in general. The first thing we will be exhibiting is our line of Multicam® printed narrow fabrics with CTEdge™ and patent-pending technology. We talked a lot about it in 2016 and we are carrying our excitement right into this new year. You can see details across our website, specifically here and here.

We are debuting  our brand new line of performance knit apparel fabrics. This diverse line of Berry compliant materials includes various layers of moisture wicking fabrics to keep you dry as well as different weights of flame resistant fabrics for FR protection. These base layers are designed to maximize comfort and performance for various temperatures or activities. With many options, you’ll be able to find one that works for you.  More information will be forthcoming on this product line in the coming weeks…

If you are going to be at SHOT show, our team would love to connect. We will be exhibiting at the Supplier Showcase on Monday, January 16th at Booth #S1526. We’ll be at the remainder of the show, too. We’d love to schedule a meeting or get in touch. If you won’t be at this years show and you’d like more info or sample on the Multicam® printed narrow fabrics or line of performance knits, reach out to 440-899-8050 or info@mmitextiles.com. 

Wishing you a safe, happy, healthy, 2017. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

by Annie 16. December 2016 08:34

It’s that time of year again and yet again, we can't believe another year has come and gone. Though we had a great one, we are constantly reminded on how important it is to sometimes slow down and appreciate the days we get. Every year, the office does a collective Toy Drive for the Salvation Army. This year was no different and our toy drive was a big success. We filled up Geoff and Brian’s trucks and they went downtown to the Cleveland Salvation Army headquarters to drop everything off. Upwards of 60% percent of our toys consisted of basketballs, soccer balls, and footballs as if Cleveland wasn’t already full of enough crazy sports fans. The toys are always fun to shop for and a really good reminder that giving is better than receiving.

 

We’re grateful for all of our customers, partners, and colleagues within the textile and manufacturing industry and outside of it. MMI would not be where it is today without all of you and we can’t express how much gratitude we have. Don’t hesitate for one second to reach out whenever you need anything or just to check-in.
 

We hope your holidays are restful and full of time with your loved ones and wish you a 2017 that brings health, safety, and happiness. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year from the MMI team!

 

P.S. Want to see our Christmas card? Check it out here.

Onwards and Upwards!

by Annie 30. November 2016 14:26

 The MMI Textiles Team has been growing in strength and numbers. We’re excited to announce a handful of new team members and a promotion.Geoff Senko has been promoted to Regional Sales Manager. This promotion is a result of Geoff’s six years as a cornerstone of the MMI sales team. He has been a huge part of our success over the years and we are grateful to have him. He will continue servicing all his customers as he takes on the new role.

Additionally, we have hired 3 new team members over the past 3 months.

Andrew Joyce joined the management team in October. He joins as our new Global Business Manager. Andrew brings 25 years of sales and business experience from outside the industry to bring a fresh perspective and will help MMI continue its steady growth. He is a native Australian who married a Clevelander with a true love of his adopted city.  We are excited to add him to our team!

Christine Campbell joined the team at the beginning of November as our Office Assistant. She is quickly making friends around the office as she offers to help with just about anything. Not to mention she loves Cleveland sports, so she fit in VERY quickly.

Last, but certainly not least, Lisa Lewis has been working with the team as our newest Customer Service Representative. She is quickly learning the ropes and helping in all the areas she can. We hope to officially bring her on to the team full-time at the end of the month!

As always, we are grateful to have a growing team. These changes are exciting and we couldn’t be happier. Onwards and upwards! 

CTEdge™: The Solution You’ve Been Waiting For

by Annie 17. November 2016 08:55


MMI Textiles, Inc. is a solutions-based industrial fabric company. If you are having a problem related to any of your fabrics, fasteners, or components – then we can help. Whether we can provide you with an actual product or we can connect you with someone who has that element you are looking for, we’ll do the leg work for you.  And that’s where our new product – THE CTEdge™ comes in. This solution-based technology is featured in both our printed MultiCam® binding tape and webbing so that we can alleviate the issue that some members of our armed forces and tactical customers are facing, typically referred to as the “white edge”.

The CTEdge™ is created using patent-pending technology that gives the edge of the fabric a more concealed edge because it is woven with different color threads. It allows the edge to blend in much more with MultiCam® behind it or another military-colored fabric.

CTEdge™ Webbing

We offer our exclusive CTEdge™ in both A-A-55301 and Mil-W-17337. It is also available in OCP by contract basis only. This product is often used in bags, vests, MOLLE systems, and other tactical gear. The following widths are available in Mil-W-17337: ¾” 1”, 1.5”, 2” 3”. To inquire on A-A-55301, please call the MMI office. 

CTEdge™ Binding Tape

Same thing here – our exclusive binding tape comes with patent-pending CTEdge™ that meets Mil-T-5038. This product is stocked and available in ¾” and 1”.

The picture above, a Crye Percision™ product, is created with MMI’s materials. The tape and webbing used on it are the CTEdge™ product and a close-up shot of the concealed edge can be seen below. Additionally, the vest is made with our loop and elastic. Last but not least, zipper is now a part of our new printed narrow line, too and we have stock in #5 and #9.

 

For more information on the CTEdge™ solution – check out our dedicated webpage. If you want samples or information on current stock, give us a call at the number below or shoot us an email. 

The Future Workforce -- a great read!

by Annie 2. November 2016 15:27

The future of the fabric industry is a serious subject -- and luckily, it seems like people are beginning to talk about it. In the October issue of Specialty Fabrics Review in an article titled, The Future of the Workforce, the author brings to lights how crucial it is to support the existence of these jobs and to encourage and nurture young individuals to pursue these kinds of trades. Without individuals who have welding and sewing skills, the industry will struggle to survive.


The article touches on how textile manufacturer's need sewers and sewers need opportunities that lead to fulfilling careers. The two must be merged successfully to keep the industry growing. The partnership between IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) and the Makers Coalition are trying to do just that. Our owner, Amy Bircher, is committed to helping this process where she can. As chair of the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) which committed $120,000 to the Makers Division program over the next two years Amy says, "The decision to fund this program was very easy. The foundation stands for education, innovation, and development within our industry. This comes at a time when the industry is growing, manufacturing jobs are coming back and the need for professional development couldn't be greater. The vocations of sewing and welding - the kinds of things that are used in a manufacturing shop for finished products - hardly exist anymore." 
 

To read the full article, click here: 1016RV_Makers.pdf (3.55 mb)
 

We love seeing programs like this one being supported throughout the industry and enjoy taking the time to mention how much bringing jobs back to the United States means to us as a company. 

Another exciting year at IFAI EXPO 2016!

by Annie 27. October 2016 09:01


And another year at the IFAI EXPO is under our belt! We kicked off our biggest show of the year last week with a bang, bringing in a new booth and nine team members for the 2016 show in Charlotte, NC. There is no doubt that getting together with all of our industry family is one of our favorite things – and it's the one thing that hasn’t changed since we started exhibiting at IFAI EXPO many years ago.

This year at the show, we debuted a new hanging sign, a new booth design, and some bright blue carpet. In addition, three members of our growing team got to experience the show for the first time. Some of the things that we showed off in our booth this year:

1.       MultiCam® Printed Narrow Fabrics

We have been talking about this stuff all summer long because we are that excited about. We have six different variations of this line – all in MultiCam®. This line highlights our commitment to the military industry as it features the MMI-created patent-patent pending CTEdge™. In addition, we can print patterns and logos on narrow fabrics of practically all kinds.

 

2.       Coated Aramid Thread

This thread is really strong – no joke. It is comparable to the strength of a bolt. Our thread is recommended for use where exposure to moisture, abrasion, environmental contaminants or cut-hazard would be likely to cause failure in traditional threads of equal size.  Some of its features are:

·         Non-Absorbent

·         100% wet strength after 6 months’ immersion in sea water

·         High break strength (80 lbs in size 138)

·         High abrasion resistance

·         High UV resistance (approx. 30% strength loss after two years’ exposure)

·         High resistance to solvents, bleach and hydrocarbons

 

3.       Fabric, lots of it! 

      Shocker, right? Well, we highlighted a few of our favorite this year – but we have so many options. I’ll save you from reading the entire list but whether it is 200D polyester, 1050D ballistic nylon, or a custom ripstop to foam lamination – we have you covered. Our robust line up of woven fabrics coupled with our ability to also provide webbing, hook and loop, labels, zipper, knits, elastic, cord, and tape makes us a cut above the rest.

 

As we get ready to welcome in the holiday season and closeout 2016, IFAI EXPO is always one of our favorite memories. And if we missed you at our booth this year, don’t worry. We would love to chat and find out how we can help you. Just shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com or call us at 440-899-8050. 

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