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New SEAMS Committee to Foster Member Participation in Government Contracts

by Debbie 22. May 2015 12:31

 

Aiken, South Carolina – SEAMS, the National Association for the U.S. Sewn Products Industry, announces the formation of a new SEAMS Government Committee designed to inform and support its membership on doing business with federal, state and local governments. Launched earlier this year, the committee is chaired by Geoff Senko of MMI Textiles Inc., a supplier of specialty textiles and related components to the private and public sectors. Other founding committee leaders includes Jack Foster of Sterlingwear of Boston, Jeff Papalia of the National Industries for the Blind, Mary Reardon of Tweave LLC and Gary Whited of SourceAmerica.

 

According to Committee Chairperson Geoff Senko, “Our committee aims to expand SEAMS members’ knowledge in identifying, securing and maintaining government contracts; thereby expanding production opportunities and capabilities for our members. As we become a recognized resource for informing and connecting our members with this market, we also expect to attract more U.S.-based manufacturers and government agencies to participate in SEAMS events and membership.”

 

“SEAMS is excited with the networking and business-building potential this government and military focused committee brings to our membership,” added SEAMS Executive Director Sarah Friedman. “The fact that members already doing business with the government are willing to help other members learn about these opportunities highlights the industry growth and collaboration focus that has long been a defining advantage of the SEAMS Association. This serves as a reminder that, regardless of where your company fits in the supply chain, you can benefit from participation in SEAMS.”  

 

Participation in the SEAMS Government Committee is open to all interested SEAMS members. Textile and sewn products professionals interested in learning more about the committee are invited to phone the SEAMS office at +1-803-642-1111.

 

About SEAMS

SEAMS, the National Association for the Sewn Products and Textile Industries, promotes the continued growth of the USA fashion, sewn products and textiles industries through educational programs, networking opportunities, business opportunity matchmaking, industry collaboration and special member benefits packages. SEAMS members comprise textiles providers, contract manufacturers, brands, vertical retailers and their suppliers and service providers to collectively represent the complete concept-to-consumer supply chain. Softgoods industry executives, managers, professionals and entrepreneurs leverage their SEAMS membership to gain new business, stay informed of industry issues and trends, find solutions to productivity and operational challenges, manage costs and increase productivity. For more information, visit the website at http://www.seams.org

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Considering Digital Fabric Printing? Here Are Four Questions To Ask Yourself

by Debbie 12. May 2015 08:00

If you’ve been on our blog over the past few months, you may have noticed that we now offer digital fabric printing services.

Sure, it’s a pretty big change for our company, but the reason behind it is simple: our success has always been based in our focus to make our customers’ lives easier. Digital fabric printing is a technology that does just that. 

Here’s why:

  1. It reduces your financial risk. Not sure which fabric is best-suited to your job? Have a new idea you want to do a test run for? Digital printing minimums are as little as 10 yards. In other words, you don’t have to spend as much money to find the best fabric for the job.
  2. Shorter turnaround time. Dealing with a time crunch? Digital printing runs can happen in as little as two weeks.

Digital fabric printing services.

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Amy Bircher - Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Graduate!

by Debbie 30. April 2015 11:23

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) honored 33 Greater Cleveland small-business owners graduating from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program Saturday, and our owner Amy Bircher was one of the graduates.

 

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million initiative to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses across the United States by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital and business support services.

10,000 Small Businesses launched in Cleveland in May 2012 with $15 million committed for small business loans, business education and grants for supporting community partners. The program runs through 2018. Tri-C is celebrating its third year of receiving the grant from the Goldman Sachs Foundation, helping business owners succeed throughout the State of Ohio.

Graduating business owners represent a variety of industries and businesses in Northeast Ohio. Each graduate spent 12 weeks at Tri-C studying a business and management curriculum designed by Babson College, a top-ranked school for entrepreneurial education.

Amy was nominated by her peers to speak on behalf of the class, sharing her personal story during the ceremony. We are so proud of Amy!

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A Guide to Custom Labels

by Debbie 21. April 2015 08:00

Labels may be a small piece of your product, but they’re an important one. That means that you shouldn’t have to settle for run-of-the-mill options or be set back due to insufficient inventory. MMI offers custom label solutions for your fabric needs, providing you both quality and convenience.

Custom label options from MMI Textiles.

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Two Popular Medical Fabric Options

by Debbie 7. April 2015 08:00

When it comes to textiles, different industries are going to have unique needs. And that applies to more than just choosing various products or materials.

The medical industry has exact product specifications that need to be met before a decision can be made. MMI Textiles understands this, so we work hard to ensure that we have quality material options for professionals in the medical industry.

MMI Textiles can help you meet special qualifications for fabric products in the medical industry.

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Berry Compliance and How it Affects You

by Debbie 31. March 2015 08:00

At MMI, we’re proud to be an American business, providing high-quality products for our customers. In fact, we carry many options that are compliant with the Berry Amendment, allowing you premier American-made fabrics.

Not sure whether the Berry Amendment applies to you when it comes to purchasing? Here’s a quick take on how Berry compliance works.

MMI offers many American-made goods that meet Berry Amendment requirements.

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PenCott™ Camouflage Patterns Used on House of Cards

by Debbie 24. March 2015 08:00

An MMI partner may be coming to a small screen near you. Hyde Definition’s PenCott™ camouflage patterns will be featured in season three of the Primetime Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning Netflix drama House of Cards.

The show, which follows Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey as the powerful and manipulative politician Frank Underwood, has already gained notoriety as the first online-only web TV series to earn such attention from critics and award ceremonies. Unsurprisingly, the series will turn to PenCott™ camouflage patterns to make an upcoming scenes look as real as possible.

PenCott™ camouflage patterns make an appearance in House of Cards.

Spoiler Alert

Parts of this blog contain spoilers for House of Cards, so you may want to skip this section if you’d prefer not to know certain plot points until you finish season three.

The PenCott™ designs are on display during an important segment of season three when now-U.S. President Underwood attends a secret meeting in the Jordan Valley with Russian President Viktor Petrov, played by actor Lars Mikkelsen. 

All of the Russian soldiers in the scene can be seen wearing BadLands™ uniforms, while the Russian officers and Petrov himself wear GreenZone™ uniforms – two of the four multi-environment camouflage patterns offered by PenCott™ – to serve as a hyper-realistic stand-in for the Russian Army’s “Digital-Flora” uniforms. 

Camouflage for You

Fortunately, the costume department for House of Cards isn’t the only group that has access to PenCott™ camouflage pattern. Call us today at 1-888-664-0086 to learn how MMI can help you with your military fabric needs.

An Introduction to Digital Fabric Printing

by Debbie 10. March 2015 08:00

At MMI Textiles, we’ve been providing the textile industry with high-quality products and unmatched integrity and service since 1997. 

A large part of our success comes from going the extra mile to make our customers’ lives a little easier, which is why we’ve recently started to offer proprietary digital fabric printing services. 

Contact MMI today if digital printing fits your textile needs.

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Our PenCott™ family of camouflage patterns will be featured with quite an impressive list of exhibitors at this year’s Enforce Tac and IWA…

by Debbie 3. March 2015 16:13

S.O.D. Gear

Italy’s renowned S.O.D. Gear was one of the very first high-end, real-deal manufacturers to pick up on the PenCott™ patterns, and sent them off with some pretty cool dudes to open doors and meet people in some interesting places… S.O.D. Gear will be at Enforce Tac for the first time this year.

Direct Action

One of the most eagerly awaited appearances at this year’s Enforce Tac and IWA has got to be Direct Action – the new advanced, professional brand from under the umbrella of Helikon-Tex. Enforce Tac / IWA marks the first public unveiling of the full line of Direct Action gear and clothing. Be sure to drop by and check them out.

UF PRO

A brand that’s gained an outstanding reputation for innovation and high-quality over the past few years, UF PRO will be showcasing their range of superb products – including new items like their Monsoon SmallPac system and Hunter Sweater in GreenZone™ , and their brand new Striker HT hot weather BDU in BadLands™ will make its debut at this year’s IWA.

















Leo Koehler

Another long time provider of high-quality items in PenCott™ camouflage patterns, Leo Koehler will be displaying their wares again this year at IWA – visit them at stand number 343 in hall 9.

 

Helikon-Tex

The Polish super-company that’s been most active with the PenCott™ patterns, Helikon-Tex will be showcasing their 2015 line-up at IWA. Drop by to see what’s new, chat to their crew, and pick up a catalogue (or two).

Wisport

Polish outdoor gear and backpack manufacturer Wisport will be bringing out several products in GreenZone™ and BadLands™soon. Drop by their IWA booth to find out more – Hall 9, Stand 344.

TACTICALTRIM

Saving the biggest news for last! - the Tacticaltrim booth at IWA will be something like PenCott™ Zentrale this year. Not only will they have samples of the full range of PenCott™ camouflage fabrics on hand, they will also be featuring the first European unveiling of Murdock Webbing company’s jacquard-woven GreenZone™ webbing, and they will be showcasing the first public appearance of the full range of PenCott™ camouflage products from Tasmanian Tiger.

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Welcome Liz Johnson to MMI Textiles, Inc.

by Debbie 21. January 2015 08:50

Liz Johnson has recently joined the team at MMI Textiles, Inc. as Business Development and Strategic Senior Sales Representative.  She brings with her over 20 years with Glen Raven, Inc. in their technical textile division.  During her career, Ms. Johnson held positions as Sales Manager and Military Market Manager.  She also served on various committees including American Apparel & Footwear Association's Government Contracts Committee and NCTO's Government Textile Contracts Committee.  Ms. Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in Marketing & Management from Siena College.

We are thrilled to have Liz as part of our fast growing business as we enter into new markets and look to develop new products in the technical textile arena.  This is an exciting time for us, and she is a perfect fit.

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