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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

 

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

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.

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

PenCott® Summer Sale

by Annie 3. August 2015 15:31


MMI Textiles, Inc. and Hyde Definition would like to present a special PenCott® Summer Sale on all our PenCott® in-stock, first quality fabric rolls. We have reduced our pricing in order to help our valued customers. The PenCott® multi-enviroment camouflage family features a naturalistic, omni-directional, multi-scalar, fractal-based, 3-in-1 pattern in geometry. With superior shape disruption and texture matching across multiple operating environments and distances, this unique combination of features help avoid detection more effectively. All PenCott® materials are printed to US military specification standards to US produced fabric. 

Please contact MMI for pricing on 100-1,000 yards or by bulk orders of 1,000+ yds. All four patterns, GreenZone™, BadLands™, SandStorm™, and SnowDrift™, in a variety of fabrics, are in stock and included in this sale. Check out the new PenCott® camo website, http://www.pencottcamo.com, to learn more about the PenCott® camouflage family - and to see photos of the patterns in use around the world! This exclusive sale with continue until August 31st. If you are interested in purchasing from this sale or have any questions, please contact MMI Textiles at 440.899.8050 or email info@mmitextiles.com

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.

Camouflage Fabric History

by MMI Textiles 7. January 2013 15:50

Today, camouflage uniforms are worn by all soldiers in the military. Yet, many armies prior to 1915 wore very colorful uniforms.  The French Army developed the first unit dedicated to camouflage.  Artists were enlisted to help design camouflage.  In 1942 the US Army began camouflage development.

Camouflage is an important part of the modern Army. It is a tool that breaks up the soldier’s recognizable   human form. This blending into the environment enables the solider to spot the enemy first.

 Military camouflage has changed over the years due to the change in terrain and camouflage science.  There is the khaki and green of WWII; the olive drab of Korea and Vietnam; the woodland color of the Cold War and Balkans; the 'chocolate chip' pattern of the Gulf War; the desert pattern of Afghanistan and Iraq; and the grey pixel pattern of today.”

 Soldiers aren’t the only ones using camouflage fabrics.  Hunting camouflage was developed in the late 1970’s.  Jim Crumley used a Magic Marker on brown dyed work clothes to create a tree bark pattern.  Hunting camouflage serves a similar purpose to military camouflage. It allows the hunter to spot the target before they are spotted.

Camouflage has proven to be a very useful tool.  We here at MMI Textiles are encouraged by the advances made in camouflage science as it helps to keep our military safe. We would also like to thank all that have served to protect our freedom.

 *Miller, Chris. (2012, July 13) The (pixilated) things they carried. Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/13/the-pixelated-things-they-carried


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