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MMI Textiles Now Offering Printed Narrow Fabrics

by Annie 13. June 2016 08:43


WESTLAKE, OH - MMI Textiles, Inc., a leading supplier in the textile industry, announced today that they are introducing a line of printed narrow fabrics through an exclusive partnership with Mikan Printing. The goal of this addition is to better serve the military and tactical industry throughout the United States and around the world. These printed narrow fabrics will include webbing, binding tape, loop, elastic, zipper, and more.

This product is currently available in MultiCam® with MultiCam Alpine®, Arid, Black and Tropic patterns being developed in the coming months. With higher quality inks and improved durability, this new product line is one of the best available in the market. It’s created with advanced-edge technology to give fabric a more concealed edge. It is 100% Berry Compliant maintaining MMI’s ability to offer so many products Made in the USA.

“Being able to offer printed narrow fabrics fills a need we heard loud and clear for our tactical and military customers. Current and future customers will have a high quality, innovative, and competitive option for printed narrow fabrics along with the commitment of the MMI team,” said founder and president of MMI Textiles Inc., Amy Bircher.  

After 19 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 both the commercial and military markets. MMI supplies fabric, hardware, labels, and more to customers all over the world.

A valued-partner, Mikan Printing, is one of the countries most respected and innovative leaders in the narrow-printed fabric industry–a family owned business with over 64 years of experience. This proven expertise will reinforce MMI’s commitment to providing quality products and valuable customer service.

For more information on all things related to this new line of printed narrow fabrics, please contact our sales team at 440.899.8050 or info@mmitextiles.com.



 

Exciting news: Amy Bircher chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

by Annie 8. June 2016 11:23

 

Our president and CEO, Amy Bircher, was nominated and picked as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The EY 

Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 is an annual awards celebration where entrepreneurs are recognized for their achievements in their respective industries. The awards gala was held on Thursday, June 9th and the MMI team was thrilled to be a part of it while getting a chance to see Amy shine. This 30-year awards tradition is a meaningful and exciting opportunity for all who are nominated this year and have been in the past.

We are extremely proud of Amy and the many years of hard work and determination she has put into MMI. She has grown a tremendous and successful company that all her employees are proud to be a part of.  After 19 years in the business and continual growth, MMI Textiles, Inc. has become a leader in the textile industry and has developed an outstanding reputation for quality and customer service.  

Congratulations to Amy and all of this year’s nominees and finalists!

Making bags? Read this first!

by Debbie 25. May 2016 10:53


While bags is a general term, we don’t know how else to describe how many things we can offer to process of creating sling, duffel, backpacks, or other types of bags. Because of this, we offer customers an all-in-one option to get the components that they need to make an end product and offer them the convenience of dealing with the same person here at MMI. It’s an advantage that we are proud of. Let’s take a minute to go over some components that we can offer when you are trying to make some sort of bag.

 


Woven fabric or really any kind of fabric for that matter
– this stuff is usually the main part of what you are going to be dealing with. Chances are you will need the majority of your bag to be something on this list. Whether it’s flame resistant, water resistant, water proof, or durability that you need, we have so many options. Keep in mind that we can send you samples with ease. Our nylons and our nylon ripstops are very popular when it comes to making bags, backpacks, or other things that need to be durable. Polyester or different kinds are all an option as well. Fabrics that are going to be used in an outdoor setting usually differ from those that are used indoors. Fabric is our roots, so we can usually help us on anything that you need. 

 

Webbing – Webbing is used in practically all types of bags. It is how things are kept together, how hardware is attached, how you adjust the size, make different kinds of compartments, etc. It comes in many different widths and colors. If you are making a bag for tactical purposes, many use webbing for MOLLE systems to hold different kinds of equipment.

Hardware – It doesn’t necessarily need to be said how crucial hardware is to making an kind of bag, especially an outdoor-like bag. Between buckles, d-rings, ladderlocs, and numerous others – hardware really is needed in a bag. ITW Nexus is a really great option for hardware and luckily we carry an enormous amount of it. Options include plastic or metal, different kinds of finishes, and of course the kind of hardware it is.

Labels – If you are making bags, chances are want someone to know who made it. We sell woven and printed labels. We detailed out the options in our post all about labels. A good label that fits your brand is important so don’t pass these up.

Zippers – Closing your bag is crucial, and zippers are typically a go-to option to do that. We can provide the right kinds of zippers for your bag. 

Binding tape, elastic, rope, and cord – I know this covers a lot, but usually depending on the style of your bag, you’ll use one of this components. Options on each one definitely varies so you best bet is calling in to get more information on this!

Hook and Loop – Hook and loop isn’t as commonly used on bags are zipper is, but is an option that we offer if you need it. Hook and loop is one of the biggest things we sell here at MMI, so we are extremely familiar with it. Widths, colors, and different kinds - we have the lowdown on hook and loop. 

 

The list doesn’t stop there. We can offer you help with lamination, open and closed cell foam, spacer mesh for pockets and more. Our reputation of being an “all-in-one” supplier is something we take very seriously so we are happy to send you samples of anything that you want to see. With any questions, feel free to give us a call at anytime or shoot us an email.

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Spring Cleaning at MMI...

by Debbie 16. May 2016 14:56

It’s that time of year again and we are trying to free up some shelf space here at MMI. And since you are a valued part of what we do here, we wanted to share a list of things that we are trying to get moving. For the details, call us at 440.899.8050 or click the below to send us an email. Here’s the list:
 

  • Navy Polyester Spandex 
  • Black Polyester Spandex
  • White Polyester Spandex
  • 1.9oz Ripstop – Ranger Green 
  • 400D Nylon – Wolf Grey
  • 500D Nylon Coyote Solution Dyed
  • #10 Cotton – Khaki and White
  • 7.5oz Cotton Twill – White, Black, and Royal 
  • 1000D Nylon – Ranger Green, Solution Dyed
  • 1000D Nylon – Camo Green, Solution Dyed 
  • 400D Nylon – Olive Drab 
  • 10oz – Royal and White
  • #10 Cotton – Forest and Orange
  • 1000D Nylon – Black, Mil-C-43734
  • #8 Cotton – Red 
  • 10oz – Kelly Resin, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Turquoise 

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The Best 3 Fabrics to Use Outdoors

by Debbie 12. May 2016 08:40


Now that the weather is improving over here in the Midwest and eastern part of the country, we are thinking more and more about being outside. Weather, rain, and humidity can all be factors when it comes to being outside in good or bad weather. So when it comes to fabrics, picking the right one for outdoor uses is important. Let’s break down three of the best fabrics to use outside and which ones weather better than others.

Polyester 

Polyester is a strong, wrinkle resistant fabric. It has industrial and commercial uses, both of them being somewhat outdoor uses. Polyester works well outside because it is strong, resistant to stretching and resistant to abrasion. Additionally, polyester it is quick to dry, light-weight, and smooth. It’s also easily washes and can be resistant to mildew. One last thing that makes it great to use and wear outside is that is UV resistant.

Nylon

Nylon has a lot of the same qualities as polyester along with some different ones. Overall, it’s a little softer than polyester and is used more often in clothing. Nylon is actually used commonly to make American flags. It’s easy to wash, extremely versatile, mildew resistant, and somewhat UV resistant. It is exceptionally strong, and exceptionally resistant to abrasion. It’s quick drying, too. Nylon is really one of the more versatile fabrics in the textile industry, so it is no surprise that is has many outdoor and indoor uses.

     Ripstop

While ripstop is technically nylon, it has unique uses especially when it comes to outdoors. It is often referred to as a sports fabric because it is light and has good movement. This fabric prides itself on being unable to rip or extremely resistant to ripping, hence the name “ripstop”. It is commonly used in rain jackets and camping equipment like tents and sleeping bags. Kites, parachutes, flags, are all commonly made from ripstop, too. Ripstop is easy to identify because of the square, cross-stitch pattern it represents. And it seems that ripstop is growing increasingly more popular in the industry.

 

Lucky for you, we have all three of these fabrics in many different varieties, deniers, and colors. And if we had our way in Cleveland, we would be concerned about “outdoor fabrics” all year round. But we know that’s not case so we will get excited about anything outside as spring takes full force. As always, our team at MMI would love to talk any project that you need to work out or send any samples your way. 

5 Things You Didn't Know Were Made with Webbing

by Annie 27. April 2016 11:05


Webbing comes in lots of different varieties and you wouldn’t even believe all the things that are made from or with webbing included. If you currently use webbing or are just interested in learning a little more about this fabric, check out this list of five things you might not have noticed are made from different kinds of webbing.  

Seat belts

One of the most common uses of webbing is in seat belts in most cars. Nylon webbing is the most popular kind of webbing that’s used. While widths can vary depending on the maker of the car, two-inch webbing is mostly commonly used. Next time you’re in the car, notice the webbing in the seat belt that you have.
 

Dog Leases and Dog Collars

These things are a must if you have a dog or thinking about getting one! Thanks to leashes and collars webbing is made in all sorts of different sizes and colors. And just like seat belts, leashes and collars are made with some kind of hardware, too. Luckily for you, if you’re needing to make these pet-related products, MMI carries both the webbing and the hardware.
 

 Lawn Chairs

Those retro-looking lawn chairs that have been around for years? Yep, they are made with webbing, too! The webbing is woven into the pattern that is seen on the bottom and the backs of lawn chairs. It’s sometimes dyed many different colors to attain that bright and retro look.
 
 

Molle Systems

This fabric system is an acronym standing for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. Webbing is used as a holder for many different things typically in military wear and equipment. It’s used in a lot of tactical assault panels, rucksacks, and modular pouches, vests, and backpacks. In this case, we carry a lot of mil-spec webbing options and Berry Compliant products.


Yoga Straps  

As this kind of exercise becomes more popular, yoga straps and yoga mat carrying straps are becoming more popular too. In many cases, cotton webbing is used in these straps to achieve the softer feel that these products try to attain. The carrying cases and the straps used in the stretching are both growing more and more popular. 

How It's Made: The American Flag

by Annie 20. April 2016 11:10

Have you wondered how American Flags are made? What they are made out of? The history of this symbol is rich and stitches between the red, white, and blue fabric are made out of more than just fabric. The fabric that an American Flag is made out of, like most things in American history, has changed throughout time. Since MMI Textiles, Inc. is  proud to sell many products are made right here in the USA, it got us thinking about the flag and how it is changed over time and thought you might be wondering the same thing.

 

Since 1776, the flag has been made from different things. In the early years, American flags were made out of wool, cotton, linen, or silk depending on where it was being made within the country. Goods and materials didn’t travel anywhere near as fast as they do today so therefore, the kind of fabric that was already close by was probably the fabric used. As one could imagine, flags made from silk were typically more expensive and used in the military and for special occasions, sometimes related to occasions involving the federal government. In 1865, laws were put into place that allowed the federal government only purchase flag materials from American manufacturer. We can see a lot of similar things and laws in place now related to buying USA produced good and materials that are Berry compliant.

Today, while the fabric has changed, an American flag is usually manufactured with a material that depends on where it will be flown. Flag manufacturers are always looking to use improved fabric that offers outdoor flags better wearability and better resistance to sunlight and weathering. Indoor flags, decorative flags, and ones that won’t be exposed to too much weathering will be made out of softer fabrics like cottons. The ones for outdoor uses are typically made from nylon or polyester. Nylon, which is typically a little bit lighter than polyester, waves in the wind as one might think a flag should wave.  
 

As new fabrics, smart fabrics, and other materials are introduced to the fabric industry, chances are that the flag will continue to evolve. The stars and stripe will continue to mean more than just the fabric that is sewn together and now you know just a little more about it! 

Important Update: PenCott™ Camouflage

by Debbie 13. April 2016 14:35

We know camouflage here at MMI. That’s why when we teamed up with Hyde Definition to offer their PenCott™ Mission-Critical Camouflage we knew it was a good idea. The PenCott™ Multi-Environment Camouflage Pattern Family is the culmination of independent research and development, and builds upon decades of experience with thousands of camouflage designs to find the optimum solution for global operating environments. It’s proven and used around the world and we are proud to be able to offer it.

Why PenCott™? The benefits are numerous.  The pattern is naturalistic, omni-directional, multi-scalar, fractal-based, 3-in-1 pattern geometry. It also offers a unique combination of features help you avoid detection more effectively. Pictures are worth a thousand words and we think these pictures are the best representation of how good PenCott™ works. Check out PenCott™ in action.

Another thing we love about PenCott™ is that our 500D Nylon Corduras and NyCo Ripstops are printed to US military specification standards. Lightweight polyester is also an option. Within this line of PenCott™ offers four different patterns: GreenZone™, SandStorm™, BadLands™, and SnowDrift™. All four of these camouflage patterns offer superior shape disruption and texture matching across multiple operating environments and distances. 

We’d be happy to send you samples of our 50/50 NyCo Ripstop, our 500D Cordura Nylon with DWR finish, or our 50D Polyester.  As well as get you more information on the fabrics we print on or the patterns themselves.  Feel free to email our PenCott™ experts at info@mmitextiles.com or call in at 440.899.8050. 

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A Quick History of Polyester

by Annie 6. April 2016 10:36

Woven fabrics have a rich history. And sometimes, after dealing with them so often, it can be helpful to reexamine the history of them and what makes them such a useful and staple part of the industry and of MMI Textiles, Inc. Polyester is a versatile fabric that is used when durability is a necessary attribute.
 

In the early 1940’s the fabric industry was booming. For a few years, polyester took a back seat to nylon but once it was thoroughly developed and ready to be launched, it was introduced to the American public in 1951. It was marketed as a “magic” fabric that needed no ironing and was extremely wrinkle resistant. The fabric continued gaining traction in the textile industry and came a comparatively inexpensive and very durable option for textile needs.

 

From there, it only makes sense that different blends and microfibers of polys were created that offered a different feel and different qualities. It is especially used in outerwear when durability and tenacity are of the utmost importance. In addition, it can be coated with a water-resistant coating, like DWR, which makes it more ideal for outdoor uses. Its ability to keep its shape and refrain from wrinkling also makes it a good option for shirts, pants, suits, and bed sheets especially when blended with other fibers. It’s a popular option within households for drapes and tapestries. It's also commonly used to make ropes, films, and sails. Clearly, polyester is versatile with a wide range of uses in several different industries. 

 

MMI Textiles, Inc. carries a handful of options of polyesters and polyester blends. If polyester is what you are looking for, check out our dedicated page. Keep in mind that we also have experience with a large amount of projects that include polyester fabrics so it’s easy for us to fill you in on what kinds you might need for a project that might be on deck. We can send out samples too, so that you can see for yourself the different kinds that we can offer you. Call us at 440.899.8050 or send us a quick email at info@mmitextiles.com to get questions answered or samples sent. 

Source: http://schwartz.eng.auburn.edu/polyester/uses.html

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MMI Textiles, Inc. Is Your One-Stop Shop

by Annie 24. March 2016 15:25

We find that a lot of our customers who purchase things from us don’t realize that we can offer so much more than just the one thing they are used to buying. So it’s our job to remind you that we can offer our customers so much more than just one product like woven fabrics. If you are making some sort of end product that requires different kinds of fabrics and hardware, chances are we have just about everything you need to complete it. That’s why we are such a good fit for military, medical, and commercial markets. Here is just a quick snapshot of everything we have to offer:

Woven Fabrics

Yep, we could go on forever about these guys. It’s our heart and soul! Woven fabrics like nylons and polyesters are everywhere in our office and sometimes we find ourselves talking about them in our sleep. We offer competitive prices and do our best to meet all your needs when it comes to the various different kinds of woven fabrics. 

Hook and Loop

We have strong partnerships with organizations around the country, like Velcro USA. As well as our own hook and loop experts waiting to answer all your questions. Our lines of both products are large and come in many different kinds and colors. Check out the hook and loop webpage to get all the details.

Webbing and Tape

Like our hook and loop, we also have a strong partnership with Tapecraft when it comes to our webbing and tape. As well as numerous connections around the globe to only sell the best of the best. We carry many widths and colors and are proud of it. A lot of our offerings are domestically made and berry compliant.

Rope and Cord

Lots of good stuff here, too. MMI is proud to offer round shock cord and rope in addition to some flat braided products. The military products are 100% berry compliant so that is definitely a plus!

Hardware

This is a big one! We have both metal and plastic hardware available for you as well as access to the ITW Nexus inventory. Being known as fabric supplier and carrying things like hardware makes us a cut above the rest.

Labels

Printed or woven, labels are a necessity when wanting to make a product that has an identity. We can meet your label needs.

Camouflage Fabrics

It’s important for us to mention our commitment to the military and tactical industry. You can see that commitment partly due to our vast line of PenCott™ camouflage fabrics.

Dedication to you.

Lastly and certainly not least, one of our biggest assets is the fact that we are customer service focused. In our offices, we are a team through and through, making every effort to work together and best serve our customers on a daily basis.  

And stay tuned because we have printed narrow fabrics coming soon! For more info on that or anything else you need, your best bet is giving us a call at 440.899.8050 or shooting an email to info@mmitextiles.com. 

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