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Look for us at SHOT Supplier Showcase 2018!

by MMI Textiles 8. January 2018 09:35

 

Happy New Year! Here at MMI Textiles, we have plenty of exciting things planned this year and can’t wait to share it all with you. Keep your eye on our blog here and/or subscribe to our e-mail blasts to stay up-to-date on everything MMI.

One of the first things on our agenda for the year is SHOT Show 2018. We will be exhibiting at the SHOT Supplier Showcase, January 22nd-23rd at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. We are overly excited that the Supplier Showcase now lasts not one, but TWO days. We have plenty to show you, so please stop by our booth if you will be in Las Vegas that week! Our booth number is S1705, we are a corner booth right by the entrance - you can’t miss us!

We look forward to attending SHOT every year to hang out with all our colleagues, partners, and friends in the military and tactical industry. We take our commitment to this industry very seriously – so we jump at the chance to travel to SHOT and talk with others who are equally as passionate about these industries as we are.

This year we are bringing with us some old favorites (Printed Narrow Fabrics/Performance Knits) as well as a few new product lines we have added recently to our repertoire (Black LiteLok, New MultiCam® Patterns, CORDURA® Brand Solution-Dyed Wolf Gray Fabrics/Webbing/Binding/Elastic). 

 

Black LiteLok

 

100% Nylon, but weighs 30% less than traditional 500D Nylon. This fabric has excellent break strength, high abrasion resistance, and a double layer design. Also available in Coyote Brown.

 

New MultiCam® Printed Narrow Patterns

 

MultiCam® Black, Alpine, Tropic, and Arid patterns are now available.

 

500D Solution-Dyed CORDURA® Brand Nylon in Wolf Gray

 

Mil-Spec CORDURA® Brand Nylon. Also available in Tan 499, Coyote Brown, and Ranger Green.

 

Solution-Dyed Binding Tape, Elastic, and Webbing

 

We are now stocking Mil-Spec Solution-Dyed Binding Tape, Elastic, and Webbing. Available in Black and Coyote Brown. Wolf Gray and Ranger Green available soon!

 

For more information on all we offer to our military/tactical customers: click here to visit our Military Product Line page.

If you are going to be at SHOT Show, our team would love to connect. Once again, we will be exhibiting at the SHOT Supplier Showcase Monday January 22nd – Tuesday January 23rd and our booth number is S1705. We’ll be at the remainder of the show, too. We’d love to schedule a meeting or get in touch! If you won't be able to make it to this year's show and would like more info or samples on any of the above offerings, give us a call at 440-899-8050 or use our contact form here.

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.  

Introducing MMI's line of Performance Knits...

by Annie 6. February 2017 12:27

 

MMI partners with Longworth Industries to diversify product line and reinforce commitment to outdoor industry

WESTLAKE, OH - MMI Textiles, Inc., a leading supplier in the textile industry, announced today that they are introducing a line of performance knit fabrics through an exclusive partnership with Longworth Industries. The goal of this addition is to diversify MMI’s product line, strengthen their commitment to the tactical and military markets, and continue to sell more products made in the USA.

 

This line of apparel materials is currently available in various weights that can be tailored in a garment depending on the intended environment.  It features a group of fire retardant fabrics and a group of fast-drying fabrics. Engineered with silver anti-microbial protection to help resist odor, superior moisture management, breathability, and anti-shrink/pick/pilling; the benefits of these knits are numerous. These products also allow MMI to continue adding to and maintaining their ability to offer so many products Made in the USA.

 

“Being able to offer performance knits helps fulfill our promise of providing more products and high-tech solutions to all of our customers, specifically those who are in the performance apparel market.”, said founder and president of MMI Textiles Inc., Amy Bircher.  

 

After 20 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 the commercial, outdoors, medical, and military markets. MMI supplies fabric, hardware, labels, and more to customers all over the world.

 

Longworth Industries, Inc located in Southern Pines and Candor, NC, has over 30 years of experience in innovative fabric development and product testing for next-to-skin apparel. Their fabrics are also tested by an outside professional that are approved by the US Military for features for durability, wicking, air permeability, stretch and recovery, burst strength, flammability, char and durability.  The test results are then used to continue to improve and provide an even more effective fabric. All Longworth Industries fabrics are designed, developed, constructed, sewn, and finished in the USA. With a strong green story and a completely vertical business structure, it is no wonder that Longworth Industries is one of the nation's top next-to-skin fabric & apparel manufacturers. 

 

For More Information: Please contact MMI at 44-899-8050 or info@mmitextiles.com

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

 

Why We Love Hook and Loop (And You Should, Too!)

by Annie 9. March 2016 08:42


You may or may not know that a lot of people consider MMI Textiles, Inc. a one-stop shop. We can provide our customers with just about everything they need when making products. Whether it’s woven fabric, hardware, or hook and loop. Speaking on hook and loop specifically, we have numerous great options. We love this stuff, no lie. Hook and loop fastener has been around since 1941 and was developed to stick together much like the burrs of burdock that stick to clothing. One of the biggest pros of hook and loop is the fact that it is easy to use and because of that it can be used in so many different applications. MMI keeps a lot of it in stock, too so chances are we can get it to you quickly. Our lines are both import and domestically produced and we also offer VELCRO® Brand for our military customers and berry compliant needs.

We have hook and loop experts who deal with this stuff daily. So we can break down all the hook and loop fabric options for you. Let’s start with our product categories:

We’re extra proud of our line of military hook and loop. Of course, it’s made in the USA and it will be distributed out of our Ohio warehouse along with our other stock products. We offer this hook and loop in coyote brown, ranger green, black, and on a limited basis we also offer foliage green and wolf gray!

The minimum order for stock products is just one case each of hook and loop – case sizes do vary depending on product and width. We specialize in creating stock programs tailored to individual customer needs to ensure we are able to react to increased needs as our customers grow their business.

We’d love to answer all the questions you have to about hook and loop and help you lay out all of your options. Give us a call to discuss at 440.899.8050 or email us at info@mmitextiles.com with some info and we’ll start gathering all the information we need. MMI is focused on the customer is everything we do and it certainly is true when it comes to hook and loop. 
 

Our Commitment to the Military Industry

by Annie 17. February 2016 09:15


MMI Textiles, Inc. is thoroughly committed to serving the military industry and have been for our 19 years in the business. We see the importance of keeping up-to-date with the needs of the military and try our best to do so. All of our military fabrics and textile products are 100% Berry Compliant and usually stocked on the East Coast at our contracted dye houses:

 

We currently offer:

  • PenCott™ Camouflage Patterns
  • 200D Nylon 
  • 400D Nylon 
  • 500D Nylon (Solution Dyed Cordura and Piece Dyed) per Mil-C-43734, Class 4 
  • 1000D Nylon (Solution Dyed Cordura and Piece Dyed) per Mil-C-43734, Class 3 
  • 1050D Ballistic Nylon (Black only) 
  • 1200D Polyester Camo Green 483 (per A-A-59403)

 

Besides the woven fabrics, we offer a number of other textile products so that creating your end product can be as simple and convenient as it can be for you. Or, if you need these components spate from the woven fabrics, we’d be happy to set you up. It is our first priority to make sure that we do everything we can to get you the products you need as quickly as possible. Some of our textile components include:

Getting into the nitty gritty of the military industry, we have numerous (almost too many to count!) military spec fabrics. This list is just a start of what we can sell you, and we do have an established network that we are already to use to find you the right spec.

We carry multiple military spec fabrics. Some of our most popular are: 

 

  • Mil-C-43734
  • Mil-C-43375
  • USPS-C-1260
  • Mil-C-7219
  • A-A-59403
  • CCC-C-419
  • CCC-D-950
  • CCC-C-428
  • Forestry Service (5100-86)
  • Mil-C-3953
  • A-A-55077
  • Mil-C-43128
  • Mil-C-24500/Nomex
  • CO-PD-02-02H/Molle

 

We are proud of our military selection and even more proud that so much of it is Made in the USA. For more information, you can check out our military stock webpage.  Keep an eye out for our line of printed narrow fabrics that will be coming soon. With any questions, you can see our FAQ’s, give our military fabric experts a call at 440.899.8050 or shoot us a quick email at info@mmitextiles.com. We’d be more than happy to chat with you about fabrics and anything else you need. 

Here's the Deal with Hook and Loop

by Annie 20. January 2016 08:36


Here at MMI, we know practically everything there is to know about Hook and Loop. The variety of kinds, colors, sizes, and types can make Hook and Loop more complicated than it needs to be. And that’s where we come in. It is our job to make it less complicated for you and we are determined to do so. Let’s break down hook and loop to its simplest form.

We carry both domestic and import hook and loop – including VELCRO® Brand- to serve all of our customers, military, and 
medical, and commercial.

Our most popular product categories include:

  • Sew-on-Hook and Loop (up to 6” widths)
  • PSA (Sticky Back) and Heat Sealable, including Coins
  • Molded Hook
  • Back-to-back and VELCRO® Brand ONE-WRAP®
  • Wide Circular and Warp Knit (50” to 60”)
  • Cinch Straps and Custom Strap Assemblies
  • Die Cut and Slitting Capabilities
  • Military Hook and Loop
  • QuietLoop®
  • Specialty
     

Our hook and loop products are stocked in our Ohio warehouse and can potentially be shipped within 24 hours of confirmed sales receipt. Not to mention that we would love to create a customer specific stock program tailored to whatever your needs are.

 

If what you need isn’t on that list, chances are that we still have it or can point you in the right direction. As always call us 44.899.8050 or shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com

How to Find the Right Vinyl

by Annie 13. January 2016 09:56


We know more about vinyl than we ever thought we would. MMI Textiles, Inc. is very proud to be partnered with BondCote as a manufacturer’s representative. Offering a wide array of high quality domestic and import, reinforced vinyl fabrics, BondCote is one of the very few manufacturers’ in the world that can state that all of their products are 100% lead free. We value this partnership and want you to know that all of our customers can feel confident that if our product is Made in the USA or imported, it will meet your lead free requirement.
 

With so many options, the right vinyl can be easy to find. We are vinyl pro’s and can help you with all your questions to narrow it down. We are determined to do that hard part for you. From stock laminated and coasted vinyl to vinyl coated mesh, BondCote and MMI serve countless industries and countless customers. In talking about vinyl, we can tell you about some of our options below. But if you don’t see what you are looking for, we are good at tracking just about anything down so give us a call. Some of our stock products include:

 

Some of our stock products include:

PVC Coated Polyester: (Both Domestic and Import)

·         Standard weights of 10oz. up to 40oz. in several stock color

·         61.25” width on 110 yard rolls

Flame Retardant PVC Coated Polyester (Import)

·         Our flame retardant PVC coated fabrics meets the stringent requirements imposed by the State of California Fire Marshall, NFPA 701, ASTM E84, FAR 25.853, and FMVSS 302.

·         Standard weights of 18oz. in 61.25” and 20.5oz. in 61.25” and 123”

·         Put up on 110 yard rolls

PVC Laminated Polyester:

·         BondCote manufactures a line of flame retardant PVC laminated fabrics. These products meet the stringent requirements imposed by the State of California Fire Marshall, NFPA 701, FAR 25.853, and FMVSS302.

·         Standard weights of 10oz., 13oz. and 18oz. in several stock colors

·         61” width on 100 yard rolls

TufMesh- PVC Coated Woven Polyester Mesh

·         Tufmesh is PVC coated woven polyester especially designed for the truck cover and tarp industry. Also suited for other markets like fencing and recreational / athletic applications. Stocked in 10oz./sq.yd. with a construction of 11 x 11, 840 denier in various colors and widths up to 120" wide.

PVC Coated Weft Inserted Polyester Mesh

·         BondCote manufactures a line or weft inserted mesh products for tennis windscreens, tarps, playground equipments and various other applications.

·         Available in: 1000D 9x9 in 60” and 72”widths; 1000D 9x12 in 57” and 75” widths; 1000D 18x12 in 57” widths

·         Many stock colors available and are put up on 100 to 150 yards per roll

Pool Covers

·         BondCote manufactures a line of 12oz./sq.yd. solid vinyl laminated fabrics specifically formulated for pool cover applications and have high UV and mildew resistance. We also manufacture superior 10 oz. vinyl coated polyester designed to have better dimensional stability and much higher tear and tensile strengths than laminated fabrics.

·         12/13oz. Laminated Blue and Green in 73” width on 100 yard rolls

·         10oz. Coated Green in 61.25” and 73” widths on 100 yard rolls

Easy Patch

·         Easy Patch™ is a line of fabrics for “NO HASSEL” patching and repair. Made out of BondCote's PVC coated and laminated fabrics, the products utilize a self adhering, peel off adhesive.

·         Stock Colors: White, Gray, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Black

Slitting

·         Slitting is available for any BondCote products. Capabilities include slitting as narrow as 1” wide up to the full width of the fabric. BondCote is ISO 9001 certified and is headquartered in Pulaski, VA. For more information, please feel free to visit them at www.bondcote.com

 

 

Our products don’t stop with vinyl. We’ve got everything from woven fabrics, to sourced finished products and zippers. Give our team a call at 440.899.8050 or shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com to get the information you need. 

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.  

 

 

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