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Smart Women Business Honors Amy Bircher!

by Debbie 20. April 2017 12:11





Exciting news! Our president, Amy Bircher was honored as one of Smart Women Businesses 2017 Progressive Entrepreneur Honorees. The 2017 Smart Women Breakfast was held today in Cleveland and the women from the MMI team had the chance to attend and watch Amy speak. 

In the April 2017 issue of Smart Women Business magazine, an article on Amy says, "Bircher has positioned the company for growth by establishing a solid team and infrastructure. She leads and directs the sales and operations of the company, which has experienced significant growth since its founding in 1997. She has developed

 products and services unique to the various markets the company serves and is known for having a keen eye product innovations that
 have led to proprietary materials and best-in-class product lines." 

The MMI Team is always proud of Amy and her achievements. We're grateful to be a part of such a dynamic and growing team. 

Spring Cleaning is here...

by Debbie 12. April 2017 09:30

 

We mean it when we say that there is nothing like springtime in Cleveland. The fresh air is good for everyone and seasonal allergies have officially kicked in throughout the office. It’s this time of year that we try to clean off the shelves and make room for some new inventory we have coming in. Therefore, we wanted to share a list of our closeouts that we are offering. Below is a list of things available for closeouts – please keep in mind that this list changes often. Your best bet at getting updated availability and pricing is to give our office a call at 440-899-8050.  

·        Black Poly/Spandex
·        White Poly/Spandex
·        Tan Poly/Spandex
·        1.9 oz. Ripstop – Ranger Green
·        200D Nylon – Black
·        400D Nylon – Wolf Grey
·        500D Nylon – TAN499, Solution-dyed
·        500D Nylon – Coyote, Solution-dyed
·        1000D Nylon – Black FRT
·        1000D Nylon - Ranger Green
·        #10 Cotton – Forest
·        #10 Cotton - Khaki
·        #8 Cotton – Red
·        #8 Cotton – Black
·        10 oz. Cotton – Turquoise
·        10 oz. Cotton – Kelly Resin
·        7.5oz Cotton Twill – White

 

 

Have you heard about Printed Narrow Fabrics?

by Debbie 27. June 2016 11:32


Hopefully, you have heard about the release of our new product line, Printed Narrow Fabrics. We are excited to launch these new products and we are also excited about giving our customer what they need. As we strive to serve the tactical and military industry in the best way we can, we are committed to releasing products that express that. So, if you haven’t already seen the press release or the new webpage, I think you should check it out. Between the MMI official product pages, our press release on Soldier System and the MultiCam® website, there are plenty of places to read out this.

This new product line is  currently available in loop, binding tape, webbing, elastic, and zipper. We’re proud to be able to present these printed narrow fabrics to our customers who need and want an increased availability of camo, printed, narrow goods.  We’re extremely committed to the military and tactical industry all around the world. Our commitment can be seen through the new product line as well as how many other products we offer to the military industry that are Berry compliant and Made right here in the USA. Between hardware, woven fabrics, labels, and more – chances are we have your tactical product needs covered.

The details on the printed narrow fabrics are important, too. So in case you haven't heard, here are some of the highlights -- with our exclusive relationship with Mikan, we are able to print the fabrics with advanced technology that gives it a more concealed edge. It also features improved washability and durability with complete testing infomraiton available. It's made with higher quality inks compared to what is currently being offered in the industry and with solution-dyed base materials with Invista Cordura® yarn. MMI is also offering custom stocking programs to meet the needs of our customers, new and old. 

For all the other information you need or to request samples, call our office at 440.899.8050. Our sales team is ready to talk printed narrow fabrics with anyone who has questions about the product itself, how fast you need it, or anything else that might come to mind. 

Making bags? Read this first!

by Debbie 25. May 2016 10:53


While bags is a general term, we don’t know how else to describe how many things we can offer to process of creating sling, duffel, backpacks, or other types of bags. Because of this, we offer customers an all-in-one option to get the components that they need to make an end product and offer them the convenience of dealing with the same person here at MMI. It’s an advantage that we are proud of. Let’s take a minute to go over some components that we can offer when you are trying to make some sort of bag.

 


Woven fabric or really any kind of fabric for that matter
– this stuff is usually the main part of what you are going to be dealing with. Chances are you will need the majority of your bag to be something on this list. Whether it’s flame resistant, water resistant, water proof, or durability that you need, we have so many options. Keep in mind that we can send you samples with ease. Our nylons and our nylon ripstops are very popular when it comes to making bags, backpacks, or other things that need to be durable. Polyester or different kinds are all an option as well. Fabrics that are going to be used in an outdoor setting usually differ from those that are used indoors. Fabric is our roots, so we can usually help us on anything that you need. 

 

Webbing – Webbing is used in practically all types of bags. It is how things are kept together, how hardware is attached, how you adjust the size, make different kinds of compartments, etc. It comes in many different widths and colors. If you are making a bag for tactical purposes, many use webbing for MOLLE systems to hold different kinds of equipment.

Hardware – It doesn’t necessarily need to be said how crucial hardware is to making an kind of bag, especially an outdoor-like bag. Between buckles, d-rings, ladderlocs, and numerous others – hardware really is needed in a bag. ITW Nexus is a really great option for hardware and luckily we carry an enormous amount of it. Options include plastic or metal, different kinds of finishes, and of course the kind of hardware it is.

Labels – If you are making bags, chances are want someone to know who made it. We sell woven and printed labels. We detailed out the options in our post all about labels. A good label that fits your brand is important so don’t pass these up.

Zippers – Closing your bag is crucial, and zippers are typically a go-to option to do that. We can provide the right kinds of zippers for your bag. 

Binding tape, elastic, rope, and cord – I know this covers a lot, but usually depending on the style of your bag, you’ll use one of this components. Options on each one definitely varies so you best bet is calling in to get more information on this!

Hook and Loop – Hook and loop isn’t as commonly used on bags are zipper is, but is an option that we offer if you need it. Hook and loop is one of the biggest things we sell here at MMI, so we are extremely familiar with it. Widths, colors, and different kinds - we have the lowdown on hook and loop. 

 

The list doesn’t stop there. We can offer you help with lamination, open and closed cell foam, spacer mesh for pockets and more. Our reputation of being an “all-in-one” supplier is something we take very seriously so we are happy to send you samples of anything that you want to see. With any questions, feel free to give us a call at anytime or shoot us an email.

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Spring Cleaning at MMI...

by Debbie 16. May 2016 14:56

It’s that time of year again and we are trying to free up some shelf space here at MMI. And since you are a valued part of what we do here, we wanted to share a list of things that we are trying to get moving. For the details, call us at 440.899.8050 or click the below to send us an email. Here’s the list:
 

  • Navy Polyester Spandex 
  • Black Polyester Spandex
  • White Polyester Spandex
  • 1.9oz Ripstop – Ranger Green 
  • 400D Nylon – Wolf Grey
  • 500D Nylon Coyote Solution Dyed
  • #10 Cotton – Khaki and White
  • 7.5oz Cotton Twill – White, Black, and Royal 
  • 1000D Nylon – Ranger Green, Solution Dyed
  • 1000D Nylon – Camo Green, Solution Dyed 
  • 400D Nylon – Olive Drab 
  • 10oz – Royal and White
  • #10 Cotton – Forest and Orange
  • 1000D Nylon – Black, Mil-C-43734
  • #8 Cotton – Red 
  • 10oz – Kelly Resin, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Turquoise 

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The Best 3 Fabrics to Use Outdoors

by Debbie 12. May 2016 08:40


Now that the weather is improving over here in the Midwest and eastern part of the country, we are thinking more and more about being outside. Weather, rain, and humidity can all be factors when it comes to being outside in good or bad weather. So when it comes to fabrics, picking the right one for outdoor uses is important. Let’s break down three of the best fabrics to use outside and which ones weather better than others.

Polyester 

Polyester is a strong, wrinkle resistant fabric. It has industrial and commercial uses, both of them being somewhat outdoor uses. Polyester works well outside because it is strong, resistant to stretching and resistant to abrasion. Additionally, polyester it is quick to dry, light-weight, and smooth. It’s also easily washes and can be resistant to mildew. One last thing that makes it great to use and wear outside is that is UV resistant.

Nylon

Nylon has a lot of the same qualities as polyester along with some different ones. Overall, it’s a little softer than polyester and is used more often in clothing. Nylon is actually used commonly to make American flags. It’s easy to wash, extremely versatile, mildew resistant, and somewhat UV resistant. It is exceptionally strong, and exceptionally resistant to abrasion. It’s quick drying, too. Nylon is really one of the more versatile fabrics in the textile industry, so it is no surprise that is has many outdoor and indoor uses.

     Ripstop

While ripstop is technically nylon, it has unique uses especially when it comes to outdoors. It is often referred to as a sports fabric because it is light and has good movement. This fabric prides itself on being unable to rip or extremely resistant to ripping, hence the name “ripstop”. It is commonly used in rain jackets and camping equipment like tents and sleeping bags. Kites, parachutes, flags, are all commonly made from ripstop, too. Ripstop is easy to identify because of the square, cross-stitch pattern it represents. And it seems that ripstop is growing increasingly more popular in the industry.

 

Lucky for you, we have all three of these fabrics in many different varieties, deniers, and colors. And if we had our way in Cleveland, we would be concerned about “outdoor fabrics” all year round. But we know that’s not case so we will get excited about anything outside as spring takes full force. As always, our team at MMI would love to talk any project that you need to work out or send any samples your way. 

Important Update: PenCott™ Camouflage

by Debbie 13. April 2016 14:35

We know camouflage here at MMI. That’s why when we teamed up with Hyde Definition to offer their PenCott™ Mission-Critical Camouflage we knew it was a good idea. The PenCott™ Multi-Environment Camouflage Pattern Family is the culmination of independent research and development, and builds upon decades of experience with thousands of camouflage designs to find the optimum solution for global operating environments. It’s proven and used around the world and we are proud to be able to offer it.

Why PenCott™? The benefits are numerous.  The pattern is naturalistic, omni-directional, multi-scalar, fractal-based, 3-in-1 pattern geometry. It also offers a unique combination of features help you avoid detection more effectively. Pictures are worth a thousand words and we think these pictures are the best representation of how good PenCott™ works. Check out PenCott™ in action.

Another thing we love about PenCott™ is that our 500D Nylon Corduras and NyCo Ripstops are printed to US military specification standards. Lightweight polyester is also an option. Within this line of PenCott™ offers four different patterns: GreenZone™, SandStorm™, BadLands™, and SnowDrift™. All four of these camouflage patterns offer superior shape disruption and texture matching across multiple operating environments and distances. 

We’d be happy to send you samples of our 50/50 NyCo Ripstop, our 500D Cordura Nylon with DWR finish, or our 50D Polyester.  As well as get you more information on the fabrics we print on or the patterns themselves.  Feel free to email our PenCott™ experts at info@mmitextiles.com or call in at 440.899.8050. 

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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. 

The Countdown to IFAI is On!

by Debbie 23. September 2015 11:35

 

We are prepping and getting ready for the annual IFAI Expo, here at MMI! As proud members of the IFAI, we really look forward to this show all year long. We get to see many companies, customers, and friends from across the country and the globe. This year, our team gets to travel to Anaheim, California for the annual expo. The three day show is always a whirlwind, and our experience at IFAI in the past has always been a great one.  

 

Packing and preparing for our booth is always like trying to fit pieces of a puzzle together. We want to make sure that everyone gets to see the innovative things that MMI offers. Samples, tables, and lights are just the beginning of it. We love to make our booth the best it can be so that we can welcome anyone into it, and help out with anyone’s fabric needs. We are looking forward to showing off our new products like Unequal® Military, our most popular products like PenCott®, and of course our staples of military and commercial stock.

 

If you are going to be at this show, we would love to see you! Our booth number A242. If you want to schedule a meeting with us, we would love to talk to get the opportunity to talk to you. Email us at info@mmitextiles.com or call 440.899.8050 to set up a meeting!

 

 

Choosing the Right Hardware

by Debbie 2. June 2015 08:00

Sometimes it takes a good piece of hardware to hold everything together. There are many different types of fasteners that can be used with your textile products, but it’s not always easy to determine what you need. 

MMI has several different options that you can choose from, giving you a wide range of styles to pair with your product.

MMI offers several hardware options, including side release buckles.

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