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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. 
 

3 Proven Ways to Get the Fabric You're Looking For

by Annie 24. February 2016 09:30


We have seen it all when it comes to trying to source and buy fabric for projects. Whether it is a tactical project, a commercial project, a medical project, or something totally different – we can help. It can be overwhelming and sometimes just plain exhausting to spend time trying to find exactly what you need and we want to avoid that at all costs. Our fabric experts have heard all the questions and in most cases found all the answers so I asked around and found out the best tips they have for someone who is trying to find the best fabric for their project.
 

 

Be specific.

If you know exactly what color, kind, and weight of the fabric you need then let whoever you are working with know. It can make the process much quicker if you cut to chase and give the nitty gritty details of the fabric you need. If you aren’t sure, that’s okay, too! You can still be specific by describing the project you need the fabric, hardware, or other component for. It’s also important to know if there is any special qualities like fire resistance or berry compliancy that you need the fabric to be.

Ask for samples.

Our office is filled with samples. They are literally everywhere. And we have them so that we can send them out to people just like you who are looking to find something that works. Our team is extra experienced at getting fabrics out quickly and then following up with you. So if you let us know something you are interested in seeing and feeling than we can get it to you ASAP! After you get the samples…

Ask questions.

Yep, ask away. It’s better for all parties involved if you ask questions about everything. You can see our most frequently asked questions, right here. Lead times, costs, and where it is coming from are all important things that you deserve to know. Any question that provides value to you if worth asking and we want to make sure we cover all our bases. Call as many times as you need and keep in mind that you making sure you are as knowledgeable about the process as you want to be if the focus. Whether it’s email or phone calls, ask as many questions as you want.

 

After doing these three things, it’s up to whoever you are communicating with to do the rest. Once we get all the necessary information, we can conduct our most thorough search to find the product you want. When dealing with MMI, things are a little easier because we have a lot of stock options and an incredible network of sources that we can contact to get the right thing. Our 19 years of experience comes in handy. If you are new to the textile world, then welcome and I hope these tips are helpful! On the contrary, if are seasoned in the industry then I hope these are a good reminder. Our MMI team is standing by help, so as usual feel free to call at 440.899.8050 or shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com
 

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. 

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

 

 

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

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.

 

 

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.

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

Urban Tactical Wolf Gray

by Annie 22. July 2015 09:46

The tactile environment is always changing and evolving, and MMI Textiles, Inc. is committed to stay up to date with what is current. The new color, “wolf gray” was created within the industry to be less intimidating than black, camouflage and ranger green.

 

The urban tactical wolf gray is popular within the DEA, FBI, SWAT, and other law enforcement officers. Wolf gray is meant to look like wet concrete, near the color values of asphalt, reflective glass, and steel. It is adaptive for a variety of lightconditions when you want to blend in during the daytime and for concealment at night.

 

All of our products meet military specifications and are Berry compliant. We stock 500D and 1000D Nylon/Mil-spec, Nylon webbing in a variety of widths, Nylon sew on Hook and Loop, and raschel mesh.

To find out more about Wolf gray or purchase fabric in this color, call 440.899.8050 or email info@mmitextiles.com

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