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Look for us at AUSA!

by MMI Textiles 6. October 2017 11:56

 

Next week, some of the MMI team will be traveling to Washington, DC for the annual AUSA Meeting and Exposition. During the expo, we’ll be a part of IFAI’s booth space – being members of the Industrial Fabrics Association International allows us many benefits, including getting a chance to exhibit at AUSA which we are very grateful for!

We take our relationship with the military and tactical industry very seriously. So, when we get the opportunity to interact with members of these industries we jump on it. At AUSA we’ll get to show off and tell people all about our military product line offerings - most of which meet military specs and are Berry Compliant.

Our military product line includes: Multicam® Classic, Black, Arid, Tropic and OCP printed narrow fabrics, webbing and binding tape that offer our patent-pending CTEdge, LiteLok™, Performance Knits, 2D labels/cuff tabs/zipper pulls, and our new 500D solution-dyed Wolf Grey fabric that is coming soon!  

While these new products are what we are talking about the most lately – we’re able to offer many different products to the manufacturers of military products. Things like mil-spec webbing, berry compliant hardwarehook and loop, and elastic are all options that provide solutions for military applications and end uses.

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After a successful IFAI Expo 2017 (check back later for our IFAI Recap blog), the MMI team is busy and excited for all to come. If you missed us in New Orleans and/or won’t be able to see us in DC, don’t fret – to talk our products or anything else on your mind, call our team at 440-899-8050 or fill out our contact form.  

What It Means to be Made in the USA

by Annie 9. August 2016 09:50

 

We’ve been watching the Olympics non-stop over here at MMI. Gymnastics, swimming, archery, table tennis, you name it and we’re practically “experts”. It’s such a great time every four years and we’re grateful for how it brings us together within the office, not even to mention how it brings us together with the rest of the globe. We love cheering on our home red, white, and blue and it definitely has us thinking about what it means to be “Made in the USA”. 
 

MMI Textiles offers a lot of different products that are “Made in the USA”. Depending on what it is and the kinds of specifications that it needs to have, we often refer to it as domestic or if it’s a military fabric or component, we may refer to it as Berry compliant – which you can read more about here.
 

Manufacturing goods that are Made in the USA means more than what it might look like on paper. For us – it means we are staying true to our history and staying true to the industry that helped MMI become what it is today. Our history reaches back all the way to 1932 when National Dye Works was started in downtown Chicago, and continued through 1980 when it was first purchased by the Bircher family, and then in 2007 when it was purchased by MMI Textiles, Inc. A long history – traveling through Chicago, IL, Lynchburg, SC, reaching through the Midwest, and now headquartered in Cleveland, OH with ties throughout the entire country.
 

We manufacturer, convert, and distribute goods based on customer needs and many times that need is wanting goods Made in the USA for the same reasons that we like offering them. We are proud of the fact that we can help support jobs and supporting businesses that are growing within the United States, just like our customers and partners support our growing business.

It's for those reasons that we love to talk about how many things we can offer that are made right here in the United States. In case you were immediately curious, here's a brief list of some of our fabrics and components that can be made within the USA:

It is also important to note that if you are thinking about bringing any kind of production back to the USA, starting new production in the USA, or trying to figure out if it’s even possible – we’d love to help. We’re waving our flags high as we cheer on our team in Rio, hoping to carry that momentum in many more corners of our country.

 

 

*It's important to note that Berry Compliancy is different from something being "Made in the USA" - here's something to read on the Berry Amendment and this is what it takes for something to be considered Made in the USA

 

MMI Attends SHOT Show 2016

by Debbie 26. January 2016 15:10

 

 Another year of SHOT Show is under our belt. The MMI team traveled to Las Vegas for the annual show focusing on all things shooting, hunting, and outdoors. We enjoy coming together with people from our industry, learning new things, and getting to tell the rest of the world about the exciting things going on in the MMI offices. Not to mention, getting out of Cleveland in January is not something we usually pass up.  This year at SHOT, we focused on showing off a few different things including:

Wolf Gray
Unequal® Military
PenCott™ Camo 
Our vast line of military fabrics 

 

All of these things are widely popular throughout the industry and we were even able to spot a few items at SHOT Show 2016 that we had a hand in producing. These boots were made with PenCott™ Camouflage that we provided. It's pretty exciting for us to see end products that we had a part of like these boots. Additionally, we can provide hardware, labels, and rope and cord


If we didn’t get the chance to see you at SHOT, we would love the opportunity to get the chance to talk with you about the new, exciting, and innovative things happening at MMI Textiles, Inc
. As you may know, our first priority is customer service and getting you the best product as quickly and as simply as possible. Call us at 440.899.8050 or shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com to get in touch or find out how we can help you. 

A Guide to Picking to Picking the Right Hardware

by Annie 6. January 2016 11:43

MMI is proud to offer both metal and plastic hardware options for your fastening needs. Additionally, we have the ability to produce custom hardware for you out of stainless steel, brass, zinc, metal, and different grades of plastic and colors. With all the options, it can be hard to figure out what hardware you need. Let’s break it down for you.

The first question you need to ask yourself is, metal or plastic?

Obviously, this will depend on what kind of end product you are making. MMI carries some of the best ITW Nexus options that give you almost endless possibilities. Some of our standard products include:

  • Side Release Buckles
  • Pet Collar Buckles
  • Dee Ring/Tri-Rings/Loops (basically any wire form)
  • Snaphooks (standard and swivel)
  • T-Buckles
  • Footman’s Loops
  • J-Hooks/Bungee Hooks
  • Triglides/Slides
  • Ladderlocs
  • Shoulder Pads 
  • Specialty Products


The second question you should figure out the answer to is, what color do you need?

Options vary depending on the material. Plastic hardware comes in TAN 499, Black, Coyote Brown, and Foliage Green. Metal comes in different finishes like stainless steel, brass, zinc, metal. Whether your needs are commercial, military, or medical we have the hardware for you. From Dee rings and die case  buckles to side release buckles and custom produced hardware items, we are always most concerned about how to get you the products you need as quick as possible. Call us 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.  

 

 

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.

 

 

MMI exhibits at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

by Annie 13. August 2015 16:06

 

MMI Textiles, Inc. exhibited at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market for the first time last week! Our team traveled to Salt Lake City for the four day show geared towards all things outside. Companies from around the world travel to this show to find out what new innovations and products are making their way on to the outdoor scene.

We got the chance to meet and talk with a wide variety of companies that aren’t always at the annual shows we attend. We took this opportunity to show case our impressive products like Unequal® Military and our digital print capabilities to companies who could be utilizing them for their tactical and hunting needs.

The show was an exciting experience for MMI and we look forward to being back next year. In the meantime, to find out more about MMI and all of our offerings, call our team at 440.899.8050 or email us at info@mmitextiles.com

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