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The Info You Need on Rope and Cord

by Annie 28. December 2015 10:44


Rope and cord are used all the time over here in the textile industry. It’s not always talked about but its essential to make great end products. And you guessed it, MMI can meet all your needs when it comes to rope and cord.

Let’s break down our cord and rope options for you. 

Shock Cord & Rope

- We are proud to offer round shock cord and rope as well as flat braided products made domestically on the East Coast
- Military products are 100% Berry Compliant
- Minimums vary and we are happy to create a stock program for you!

 

Shock Cord

  • 1/16” – ½” diameter
  • Nylon and Polyester
  • Temperature sensitive option
  • Various percentages of stretch

Rope

Raw materials used:
- Nylon – excellent abrasion resistance and knot retention (good for pulleys & tie downs)
- Polyester – used for low stretch needs – good around water-will not shrink
- Polypropylene – economical alternative, floats, wide range of colors

Braid

Flat Braid
- Standard width: 1/8” – 5/8”

Diamond Braid (has core):
- Standard width: 1/32” – ½” diam.

Solid Braid (no core):
 - Standard width: 1/32”-1/2” diam.

Double Braid (braided jacket over braided core):
- Standard Width: 3/16” – 1-1/14” Material: Nylon or Polyester

Braids/Twines/Lines (bow strings, fishing lines): 
 - Materials: Nomex®, Kevlar®, Spectra®, Nylon, Dacron
 - Size: .010” - .135

 

We can offer the following properties to meet your special needs:

  • Abrasion resistance
  • Infrared dummying (infra-red resistant – fools night vision)
  • Water repellency
  • Break and cycling durability
  • Latex free (1/4” – 12” wide)
  • Reflective elastic
  • Both Solution Dyed and Piece Dyed options

We know that’s a lot of information to take in and are willing to answer any question you may have. Or if your new to the industry and need some help figuring out what it all means, feel free to call our team at 440.899.8050 or shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com

4 Things to Look for in the New Year

by Annie 21. December 2015 08:57

 


While we might be shocked that 2015 is already over, we are excited about what lies ahead in 2016. As usual, new and better things are always happening at MMI Textiles. In anticipation for the new year, we thought we would lay out four things you should look for in 2016 if you’re in the textile industry.

 

  1. Wolf Gray

Wolf gray is a really versatile fabric in our industry. We offer this color is a multitude of different widths and fabrics. With its popularity in the military industry, we are pros at all the things concerning this color. If you need anything in wolf gray or just want to get some questions answered, give us a call.



 

  2. PenCott™

In the world of camouflage, we know that you have a lot of options. We don’t have a favorite, but our PenCott™ fabrics are really popular. The four different shades of camo make it easy for you to pick which one will fit your need. Our inventory of PenCott™ is ever changing and if you want to figure out what we have in stock or what we can get you, call us or shoot us an email. 





 3. ITW Nexus Hardware

It wouldn’t be the textile industry without talking about hardware. We have everything you could need to produce or make an end product. Whether it is metal or plastic, chances are that MMI has you covered. We carry ITW Nexus and we love it. We think you will too.




  4. Labels

 It can be hard to remember how important labels   are, but they are always on our mind. With so many options when it comes to your labels, we wrote a totally separate post breaking them down for you. Woven or printed, imported or domestic, we can help you figure out the best,   cheapest, and fastest way to get you the labels you need.  

 

 

Welcoming in the Season of Giving!

by Annie 15. December 2015 14:40

 

Keeping on with our tradition, MMI decided to skip the gifts this year and instead organize and participate in our annual Toy Drive. We get pretty serious about our toy drive and this year we had an incredible turnout. On Monday, we loaded up two of our pick-up trucks and headed straight to the Salvation Army to drop off our toys. While it’s been abnormally warm in Cleveland, Christmas is right around the corner and we were determined to try our best to have an impact in other places outside the MMI office. 

Salvation Army does so much good in our local community and MMI hopes to play a small part.

 

On behalf of the entire MMI family, we are wishing you a happy, safe, and restful holiday season. 


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MMI Attends Zone 7 Canvas Products Association Conference

by Annie 11. December 2015 14:19

 

On December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, MMI Textiles attended the Zone 7 Canvas Products Association Conference in Independence, Ohio. The show was mainly attended by vinyl manufacturers, vinyl suppliers, and awning manufacturers. It was a great show and gave us an opportunity to meet some new faces within the industry.

Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) had a great presentation on how to improve not only work efficiency, but also improve the work environment and the people within it. The conference also included a tour of Ohio Awning. Andy Morse and Ohio Awning have a great facility and there is definitely exciting things happening there.

Friday’s “Market Day” was filled with tradeshow activities and we were able to tell and show many attendees our vinyl coated polyesters and meshes with all attendees. Our products not only serve the awning and tent industries, but also for tarps, cargo, dock seal, inflatable boats, agricultural uses, roll up doors, and many other outdoor and indoor applications.  

We offer many varieties of woven fabrics, hook and loop, rope and cord, labels, webbing, and labels. For more information on any of our products or to find out how we can help you and your textile needs visit our website, www.mmitextiles.com or give us a call at 440.899.8050.

The 2 Different Kinds of Labels and Why You Need to Know the Difference

by Annie 18. November 2015 09:56

Labels are like snowflakes and sadly, in Cleveland we know too much about snowflakes. But back to the point, we don’t think that any two labels are the alike. They come in so many colors, different materials, shapes, and sizes that it can be hard to pick out the kind you want and need. Let’s break down the options to help make this process simpler.

Printed

We can get you printed labels that are both domestic and imported. We have stock on standard size, Made in the USA, and care labels for immediate delivery. 

Custom labels can be produced in 3 to 4 weeks and we can even create a stock program for your custom labels which helps with any problems that you may have with getting them as soon as possible!

We can also print on ribbons, elastics, webbing, and on virtually any material – natural or man made such as cotton, poly-cotton, vinyl, webbing, canvas, and more!

And because we love to stay attuned to what our customers want we are now offering labels printed on organic cotton!

Woven

MMI imports its woven labels from South America and our factory has one of the most prestigious plants and operates on state-of-the-art equipment to weave labels from the best fabrics. We do have minimums and the lead time for these is usually 2 to 3 weeks. Some of our special effects include:

  • Embossing
  • Laser cutting
  • 3D
  • Reflective
  • Pressure Sensitive (sticky backed)

Note that there are minimums and details that go along with this but if you are interested, we would love to fill you in on the details and figure out how to make it work for you.

The process usually includes sending an art file with graphics and dimensions and we will figure out what the label will be put on and any other special requirements so that we can get you exactly what you need!

As always if you need labels of any kind or you have any questions, give our team a call at 440.899.8050! 

 

4 Ways MMI Textiles Can Help You

by Annie 11. November 2015 11:39

 

We know that fabrics and industry needs can sometimes be overwhelming and at MMI we try and make it as simple as possible for you to figure out what you need and what the simplest way is for you to go about getting it. It is our commitment to do the work for you and to answer all of your questions as seamlessly as possible.

1.       Woven Fabrics

Woven fabrics are our bread and butter. We have just about everything you can think of for your commercial and military needs. We know the ins and out of everything concerning cotton, polyester, and nylon. If woven fabrics is what you need, then MMI is your answer.

2.       Hook and Loop

We sell tons of Hook and Loop. We have domestic and import. Depending on the width and color you are looking for, we have both domestically produced and import hook and loop. We know that each person’s hook and loop needs are very different.

3.      Webbing and Tape

We have an awesome partnership with Tapecraft for webbing and tape. Combining their expertise with ours has laid the groundwork for the utmost commitment to our customer and their needs.

4.      Hardware

Our hardware offerings are growing! We carry ITW Nexus hardware and we love it. We pretty much have every kind you can think of, and you can check out this page for specifics. We do labels, too! Don’t forget about that!

 

This is just a quick list of the things we are REALLY good. We offer these products, among others, as well as some value added services. To get the best idea of everything we can do, check out www.mmitextiles.com or give us a call at 440.899.8050 to discuss exactly what you need. 

5 Simple Answers to Your Fabric Questions

by Annie 7. October 2015 10:32

Let’s take a minute to answer some of the questions we most often hear at MMI!

1.      What is the lead time?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could give you an easy answer? The truth is that lead times do vary tremendously depending on what you need to get. We know that a lead time can be crucial to the buying process, so we always do our best to make the process as quick and seamless as possible.

2.       Do you own your own dye houses?

 The easy answer to this one is no. MMI has been hugely successful for decades doing what we do best. We have established and strong relationships with dye houses across the globe that make your life easier when it comes to ordering fabric.

3.       What is the minimum?

 It varies! Depending on the fabric and the details of the fabric, your minimums will change. Don’t forget to call and ask us about what we have on special or our current closeouts!

4.       Are we able to spread out shipments on custom fabrics?

 You bet! We will produce and hold fabrics for our customers for up to 90 days after the goods are ready to ship! We will need to know this in advance so that we can quote accordingly to allow for this. You are our priority, always.

5.       Do you offer products made in the USA?

Yes, yes, and yes. We are proud to offer so many various things that are produced in America. We offer fabric, hardware, and labels that are made in America. Our military stock is almost entirely berry compliant. If you want to know if the fabric you need is produced domestically, call our team so that we can give you the most accurate information.

 

 

The Countdown to IFAI is On!

by Debbie 23. September 2015 11:35

 

We are prepping and getting ready for the annual IFAI Expo, here at MMI! As proud members of the IFAI, we really look forward to this show all year long. We get to see many companies, customers, and friends from across the country and the globe. This year, our team gets to travel to Anaheim, California for the annual expo. The three day show is always a whirlwind, and our experience at IFAI in the past has always been a great one.  

 

Packing and preparing for our booth is always like trying to fit pieces of a puzzle together. We want to make sure that everyone gets to see the innovative things that MMI offers. Samples, tables, and lights are just the beginning of it. We love to make our booth the best it can be so that we can welcome anyone into it, and help out with anyone’s fabric needs. We are looking forward to showing off our new products like Unequal® Military, our most popular products like PenCott®, and of course our staples of military and commercial stock.

 

If you are going to be at this show, we would love to see you! Our booth number A242. If you want to schedule a meeting with us, we would love to talk to get the opportunity to talk to you. Email us at info@mmitextiles.com or call 440.899.8050 to set up a meeting!

 

 

Nylons, Polys, and Cottons, Oh My!

by Annie 16. September 2015 09:38

We love woven fabrics at MMI and sometimes it’s important to stop talking about all the new stuff in our industry and get back to talking about what makes us who we are.  Cottons, nylons, and polyesters come in so many different shapes, sizes, and colors that it is hard for us to talk about just one. We can provide you with over 50 stock fabrics, but we also specialize in custom woven fabrics that are dyed and finished to meet your specifications.

10oz single fill duck, 1050D Ballistic Nylon, and 70D Polyester are just a few of our favorites. Those are such a small sampling of our commercial inventory, without even dipping into our military stock and customs. We know that our customers have many questions from lead time to dye warehouses, so check out our FAQ’s or give us a call and we can expand on anything you are unclear on.

Along with the fabrics we provide, we are proud of the fact we offer additional value added services. Custom specific stocking programs gives you the ability to have the fabric while not having to worry about where to put it. No matter where you are in the process, MMI wants you to have the best finished products as possible. With our decades of experience, we have seen it all. From commodity to custom, large volume to relatively small, we have the expertise to source your finished products and deliver them to you in a cost effective manner.

End of story, we will work as hard as we can to find out what you need, and how we can accommodate you. And if we can’t get you exactly what you want, when you need it we will try and find someone who can.

Call us at 440.899.8050 or send us a quick email to info@mmitextiles.com so that we can start working together on your project. 

The Word on Webbing

by Annie 26. August 2015 15:38


Webbing is a big deal in the textile industry and the MMI team knows that. With many varieties of webbing and tape, it can be hard to figure out exactly what you need. And that’s where we come in. We make it our job to find you the webbing that will fit your needs for the end product you are making.

All of our military webbing is 100% Berry Compliant (domestically produced) – our commercial and military product offerings include:

Polypropylene – large stock color selection – imported
Nylon webbing – Stock product on both Solution Dyed and Piece Dyed goods, as well as a large selection of colors in grosgrain binding for nylon webbing
Polyester – Domestic and Imported (many stock colors on binding tape)
Strap Assemblies – Domestic and Imported
Cotton webbing - Import color selection available

In addition, we also offer a number of other binding tapes and mil-spec webbing. Our selection of these kinds of fabrics is robust. The best way to find out the specific kinds we have is to give us a call. As mentioned above, MMI is proud of the fact that all of our military products are made in the USA. 

One thing that sets MMI apart is our commercial offerings. We offer an assortment of stock products as well as custom run goods to the customer’s specifications. Not to mention, we can digital print on nylon or poly webbing.  Our knowledgeable staff can advise you on minimums, pricing, and also provide a sample. Customer service is our top-most priority and with over 17 years of experience, we are determined to provide you the best service.

Last but certainly not least, don’t forget about our elastic webbing. We are proud to offer knit and woven elastic made domestically on the East Coast! We have import lines, too. The widths of our elastic are ¼”-12” wide and several stock products exist for case quantity purchases. Custom elastics can be made and usually require a small minimum of 5,000 to 10,000 yards.  Whether you’re looking for webbing to use in the orthopedic industry, safety and military industry, for performance apparel, or for home and recreational uses, MMI Textiles is the answer.

We would love the chance to work with you and help you figure out your webbing needs in the fastest and most affordable way possible. From webbing straps to nylon webbing, call us at 440.899.8050 or email us at info@mmitextiles.com to get going with any project you have in mind.

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