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Employee Spotlight: Introducing Kevin Poore

by MMI Textiles 6. December 2017 12:00

 

Our employees are what make MMI a special place to work. We all have different backgrounds and personalities, but each team member has a passion for the work that they do. So you can get to know each of our team members, we are starting an Employee Spotlight series here on our blog. Each team member will share a bit about themselves and answer a few fun questions!

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This month, we want to highlight Kevin Poore. He is the newest member of our team so we wanted to introduce him to you first! Kevin is our Strategic Sourcing Manager and has only been with MMI a few short weeks. To get to know him better here's a short bio, which is then followed by that fun interview we mentioned before! 

MEET KEVIN: 

Kevin Poore has recently joined the team at MMI Textiles as their Strategic Sourcing Manager. He brings with him over 20 years of experience in Textiles Manufacturing, Product Development, Apparel, and Sourcing. During his career, Kevin has held various management/director positions for organizations such as Texx-Tenn Corp., Wal-Mart, and Duro Textiles, Inc.

Kevin is originally from East Tennessee, Bristol to be exact. He moved to the Cleveland area to work here at MMI from Atlanta, Georgia. He is married to Amanda Poore and has 3 children: Cameron, Caitlin, and Aaron. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt from the University of Arkansas. Kevin enjoys the outdoors and has a passion for music. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, hunting, camping, fishing, and golfing.

 INTERVIEW:

1. What three traits define you?  

Adventurous, Creativity, and Determination.


2. What is your personal philosophy?

In the words of the great Kevin Cronin “If you’re tired of the same old story, then turn some pages” - We all live in our minds, I believe the story of our existence is our attempt to bring that life in to reality.


3. What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? 

Music 

 4. What is your greatest fear?

I try to live without fear, fear can keep you from achieving goals and dreams. But those dang “flying monkeys” from the Wizard of Oz are pretty scary.

5. Where is your favorite place to be?

With family and friends

6. What is your favorite thing to do?

If you’re with people you care about you really don’t have to do anything, sharing your experiences with those you love…that’s the good stuff.

7. What does true leadership mean to you?

The ability to raise those up that you lead, to have them succeed. In my past leadership roles, I have personally judged my success by the ability of those I lead to step in and take my place. If they can do that then I have done my job well.

 

8. Which one would you want most - flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Flying cars of course.

9.  What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

When you’re up in the bottom of the 8th that third pitch is gonna be a slider, if you miss keep your chin up, remember Babe Ruth held the record for strikeouts too!

10. Tell us something that might surprise us about you. 

My cousin Billy Poore who helped shape my interest in music is in the “RockaBilly” Music Hall of Fame - Recorded for Nationally known Rumble, Challenge and Tilt Record labels between 1959 & 1962. Resulted in 5 record releases between 1960 & 1963. Toured nationally with Dion, Gary U.S. Bonds, Del Shannon, The Drifters, Charlie Rich, The Coasters, Brenda Lee, Ray Charles, Bobby Lewis, Roy Orbison and many other top recording stars of that era during 1961 & 1962.

Quick-Ship Import Fabrics

by MMI Textiles 29. November 2017 08:43

 

Did you know? We are now stocking three import fabrics at our downtown Cleveland, OH warehouse! These fabrics can be shipped in 24 to 48 hours if in stock.* Roll sizes for these fabrics vary from 50 yards – 200 yards. 

Want more info? Would like samples or a quote? Contact us and we'd be happy to help! 

 

210D Nylon (Import)

Width: 59/60” • Color: Black • PU Coated • DW

 

 

420D Nylon (Import)

Width: 59/60” • Color: Black • PU Coated • DWR

 

 

600x300D Polyester (Import)

Width: 59/60” • Color: Black • PVC

 *Please call 440-899-8050 or contact us to check if the fabric you are interested in is in stock. Quick-ship (24 to 48 hours) is dependent on stock. If not in stock, a lead time will apply.  

 

The Newest Addition to our Multicam Performance Knits Line

by MMI Textiles 7. November 2017 12:55

 

58"-  5.5oz/sq yd. Modacrylic /FR Rayon, MultiCam, Anti-Microbial, Berry Compliant

Introducing the newest addition to our Made in the USA and Berry Compliant Multicam Performance Knits Line: Style #1874! 

This style is inherently flame resistant and anti-microbial for odor control. This fabric is meant for next to skin applications, such as base layer T-shirts. For more information on our full performance knits line see our Knits/Fleece page

*We are currently taking orders on this style, production due in about 14-16 weeks. 

This style is also available in Tan 499, Coyote Brown, Desert Tan and Black.

For full specs, give us a call at 440-899-8050 or contact us.

We're back from another great IFAI Expo!

by MMI Textiles 19. October 2017 15:31

 

This year for the IFAI Expo we headed down to the vibrant, lively city of New Orleans for a great week with our industry family. We kicked off our biggest show of the year with a bang as always!

We brought with us some new marketing materials, updated banner stands, new fabric samples, and some finished medical products showcasing how our wide and narrow fabrics can be used in medical applications.

Some of the products we showcased in our booth this year:  

Printed Narrow Fabrics:

Of course, we brought samples of our Multicam ® printed narrow fabrics - showing all the colors that are now available: Multicam ® Black, Multcam ® Tropic, Multicam ® Arid, Multicam ® Alpine, and Multicam ® Classic. This line highlights our commitment to the military industry as it features the MMI-created patent-patent pending CTEdge™.

We can also print patterns, logos, and more on narrow fabrics of practically any kind - we had some awesome samples in our booth to prove it.

 

Performance Knits:

We brought samples and flyers of our performance knits that we currently offer in 17 different styles (ranging in phases and weights).This line focuses on 3 things: Protection, Comfort, and Durability. One fabric has also been approved by the United States Air Force for their FR T-Shirts!

 

PVC Patches, Labels, Cuff Tabs, and Zipper Pulls:

We also had samples of some of the products we can now offer through our partnership with Flexsystems. This line of custom products includes Berry Compliant VELCRO® backed military patches, VELCRO® cuff tabs, 2D PVC patches and labels, morale patches, zipper pulls, flame resistant parts, and more! The options available are numerous and can be customized to meet many sizes, shapes, logos, and colors.

 

Fabric (of course)

What? Fabric? Us? Well, we highlighted a few of our favorite this year (including our upcoming 500D solution-dyed Wolf Grey), but we have so many options! We’ll save you from reading the entire list but whether it is 200D polyester, 10 oz. Single Fill Duck, 1050D Ballistic Nylon, or a custom ripstop to foam lamination – we have you covered. Our line up of woven fabrics coupled with our ability to also provide webbing, hook and loop, labels, zipper, knits, elastic, cord, and tape makes us a cut above the rest.

 

As we get ready to welcome in the holiday season and closeout 2017, IFAI Expo is always one of our favorite times. And if we missed you at our booth this year, don’t worry - we would love to chat and find out how we can help you! Just fill out our contact form or call us at 440-899-8050

 

Introducing: New Line of Custom PVC Parts, Labels, and More

by MMI Textiles 12. October 2017 14:58

 

Introducing a line of custom PVC parts, labels, and more through an exclusive partnership with Flexsystems USA Inc.® The goal of this addition is to add to MMI’s product line, and continue to sell more products that are Made in the USA.

This line of custom products includes Berry Compliant VELCRO® backed military patches, VELCRO® cuff tabs, 2D PVC patches and labels, morale patches, zipper pulls, flame resistant parts, and more! The options available are numerous and can be customized to meet many sizes, shapes, logos, and colors.

 

Custom Zipper Pulls

We can design custom shapes and sizes. The material is a medical grade USA made resin. This material was originally created for the medical industry - used to make human heart catheters. It passes Prop. 65 and is phthalate free, BioCorn based, REACH compliant, RoHS compliant, and will pass USP TYPE VI and cytotoxicity testing. This material can also be custom blended to meet most ASTM standards.

 

Woven Hook Patch

As an alternative to embroidery, woven parts offer more detail options. They have a smooth surface area versus the raised area with embroidery. Pantone color matching is offered or a swatch can be sent for custom color matching. Hook can either be sewn on or heat sealed to the woven area.

 

Custom 2D Tabs

A popular item - you can get creative with the type of design and the shape of the part. The more texture you add to certain areas, the easier it is to grab on to. Hook is heat sealed to the back of this part – which creates a very secure bond. These tabs can be used for jackets, gloves, bags, medical braces and various other types of products that require a hook and loop bond.

 

FR Cuff Tabs

This custom blended material meets the UL94VO requirement for flame resistance. The hook used on the back meets flame resistant requirements as well. The texture on these tabs is built into the mold. There is quite a bit of detail that can be incorporated into a design that other decoration methods cannot achieve. Custom designs and sizes can be created to meet your logo requirements.

 

Side Seam Labels

Instead of woven labels, you can opt to use a 2d side seam label. This will last longer than woven and enable your product to stand out as well! The BioCorn material used in this part is eco-friendly and will last a very long time. It can withstand heat, cold, and will not fade or peel.

 

Smart Label

This sequential and variable data label can be sewn on, and in some cases, it can be heat sealed on.  The durable BioCorn material protects the interior data information. The customer can keep track of their inventory, maintain records for lost or damaged items, digitize information that is critical to an organization, and more! Variable QR codes, pictures, names, numbers and any other data that you want to use - can easily be done.

 

FR Labels

This custom blended UL94VO material is often called out for uniform, glove, jacket, hat and inseam labels. The parts are easy to sew on and do not perforate. Pantone matching is offered or a swatch can be sent for custom color matching. On the back of the part to assist with sewing, a tacking adhesive, or heat seal backing, or an aggressive 3M adhesive can be added.

 

For more information, use our contact us form here – or give us a call at 440-899-8050, we’d love to talk about these new possibilities with you! 

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.  

Join Us in New Orleans for IFAI 2017!

by MMI Textiles 21. August 2017 11:32

 

Every year, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) hosts thousands of attendees and more than 400 exhibitors at their premier industrial fabrics expo. IFAI Expo 2017 is the place to see new and innovative products, learn from and connect with the experts, meet industry leaders, and more.

Last year, MMI Textiles continued the yearly tradition of attending this expo and traveled to Charlotte, NC to exhibit in the show. This year it’s all happening in New Orleans, LA and once again, the MMI team will be there!

Why do we attend?

The IFAI Expo offers so much more than a chance for the team to share MMI’s products and new innovations – it gives them opportunities to connect with other industry professionals and attend amazing keynote speeches and seminars.

Here are a few of the opportunities at this year’s IFAI Expo:

• Advance Textiles Conference (Check out our table outside the medical track)

• Campfire Sessions

• Mentor Meetings

• Keynote Speakers

• Fabric Sourcing Center (Some of our fabrics will be featured here)

And of course, access to the Trade Show Floor - where you can visit the MMI Team at Booth # A625!

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The IFAI Expo is a great opportunity to connect with industry experts and have an amazing time doing so! We want to see YOU in New Orleans this year - so, we are offering a VIP code which gives you FREE trade show floor admission!

 

To use the code:

• Go to the attendee-specific registration link here: http://ifaiexpo.com/login/

• Enter the VIP Code (EP208) on the contact information page. The VIP code should be entered for each group member that plans to attend.   ________________________________________________________________________________________

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us or give us a call at 440-899-8050. 

Want to schedule a meeting with us at our booth? Email our Marketing Coordinator Katie, at katie@mmitextiles.com

We hope to see you in New Orleans! 

MMI Certified as Women Business Enterprise (WBENC) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB)

by MMI Textiles 7. August 2017 13:12

    

MMI Textiles, Inc. Certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council 

WESTLAKE, OH – MMI Textiles, Inc, a leading supplier in the textile industry, is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise and Women Owned Small Business by the Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council Certification Committee, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB).

These certifications mean a lot to me and my organization for many reasons, but chief among them is that we do a lot of business with large, private organizations and with the government who have initiatives to do business with woman-owned enterprises. Women have come a long way in our society at pushing equality with the male gender, and these certifications help our communities see that women can be an important part of the fabric of that community with job creation and active involvement”, said founder and president of MMI Textiles Inc., Amy Bircher. 

WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council Certification Committee is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.


About MMI Textiles:

MMI Textiles, Inc is committed to providing unparalleled service with competitive pricing, making them a premier fabric supplier in the textile marketplace. After 20 years in the business, MMI Textiles 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. For more information, visit www.mmitextiles.com.

 

About WBENC:

Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 13,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and over 300 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit www.wbenc.org.

 

For more information, feel free to reach out to the MMI team at 440-899-8050 or contact them here

EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Finalist Video

by MMI Textiles 18. July 2017 09:57
 
As you know, our Founder/President Amy Bircher was a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2017 Award in the Northeast Ohio Region! We'd like to share the video shown during the Entrepreneur of The Year 2017 Northeast Ohio gala last month, featuring Amy and MMI Textiles! We hope you enjoy it!
 

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Check the video out on our social media channels as well: Facebook | Twitter 

Look for us at the ADS Warrior East Expo

by MMI Textiles 10. July 2017 16:28

 

The ADS Warrior East Expo is always one of the most fun shows of the year – we will be attending the Expo this year to meet with some of our favorite people in the industry! This show always brings together the most innovative people, products, and ideas of the tactical industry – which is one of the main reasons we love it so much.

 

This year we are excited to show off samples of our Printed Narrow Fabrics and Performance Knits! 

 

Printed Narrow Fabrics:

Have great washability and durability, and are made with solution-dyed Cordura® fabric. The most highlighted feature is our CTEdge patent-pending technology that solves the “white-edge” problem. Our printed narrow fabrics are made to have a much more blended and concealed appearance which becomes highly useful and especially important when camouflage is a concern. 

 

Performance Knits:

MMI's line of Berry Compliant technical apparel fabrics are available in various weights and features, including flame resistance, moisture wicking, and antimicrobial finishing. We can provide Mil-Spec knit fabrics for your tactical needs, including popular Mil-C-8061 and others! This line focuses on three things: Protection, comfort, and durability. We have 17 different styles to offer, ranging in phases and weights. These fabrics offer priceless benefits to users!

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We hope to see you there! We’ll be bringing samples of Multicam Black, Tropic, and Arid approved webbing and loop, along with our complete line of Multicam performance knits! 

If you want more information on MMI’s lines of Printed Narrow Fabrics and Performance Knits, whether it’s a question or some samples, feel free to reach out to any of our sales reps at 440.899.8050 or shoot us an email at sales@mmitextiles.com

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