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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.

Wrapping Up 2017

by MMI Textiles 29. December 2017 15:07

 

Another year has come and gone, can you believe it?

It was an exciting year here at MMI, and we can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring. Below are a few highlights from the end of this year and some things we’re looking forward to in 2018.

Every year, our team does a collective Toy Drive for the Salvation Army. This years was a rousing success! We filled up Geoff and Brian’s trucks with basketballs, stuffed animals, action figures, and more then they headed downtown to the Cleveland Salvation Army headquarters to drop it all off. This toy drive is always a fun and rewarding part of our holiday celebrations each year. 

 

 

What’s new from MMI?

We introduced a new team member, Kevin Poore, check out his employee spotlight here.  

 

Also, take a look below to see what we've added to our product lines lately. P.S. Be on the look out for a new page on our site, "Featured Products" where we will highlight the latest and greatest from MMI!  

 

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.

 

Quick-Ship Import Fabrics

 

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. 

 

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 Webbing

 

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

 

Stay tuned!

There’s so many more exciting things coming from MMI in the new year. It’s a goal of ours to continually try to provide our customers with the new and innovative products they want, while still offering the basic products they need.

We’re more than thankful for all our customers, partners, and colleagues within and outside of the textile and manufacturing industry. MMI would not be where it is today without all of you. As always, don’t hesitate to contact us – we would love to help with your next project. We hope your holiday season so far has been peaceful, happy, and safe. Happy New Year!

 

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. 

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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 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.  

 

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

 

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 

EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award Finalist, Amy Bircher!

by MMI Textiles 2. June 2017 16:03

 

More exciting news! Our president and founder, Amy Bircher, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2017 Award in the Northeast Ohio Region! This awards program is in its 30th year, and The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in 60 countries throughout the world!

According to EY’s news release, “The award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges, and Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 9 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland”

The team here at MMI are very proud of our leader and her accomplishments. Here’s to the future, and MANY more awards and accomplishments – we are so delighted to be a part of such a winning culture! Congrats again Amy! 

Building a Backpack You Can Be Proud Of...

by Annie 26. April 2017 09:53


While we will focus on a backpack in this post, this guide can help you with building any kind of end product that you are committed to sourcing the best components for. After all, the different components that go into an end product are what eventually give it the integrity you hope for.

 

When it comes to bags and backs, MMI can be a valuable asset. Chances are, we can provide anything you need for a backpack, a duffel bag, or anything similar. We solve a lot of communication and organizational problems because we allow our customers to get everything in one place. Here’s a glimpse at what we can do:

The Right Base Fabric

From heavyweight nylons to water resistant lightweight nylon, we can find out what you're planning on using the bag for and start with options that we think are best. We have a lot of experience finding customers the right fabric. Whether it’s a coated polyester or a strong, nylon ripstop – we can help if you know exactly what you want or if you are just needing some options.

Hardware

We sell domestic and import options for any style of hardware you could need. Metal or plastic, military colors or standard colors, you name it, and we can get you d-ring, buckles, snap-hooks, and more. We're an authorized distrubitor of ITW Nexus if you need Berry Compliant hardware and we have a handful of import options, too. 

Webbing and Straps

As one of our biggest product lines, we have webbing in nearly every kind, color and width combination. Nylon webbing, polyester webbing, polypropylene webbing, and cotton webbing are a few of our base product lines.

Binding Tape and Elastic

For pockets or anything stretchy on the bag, you’ll need some binding tape or elastic. Another important thing to note when it comes to all of our narrow fabrics, we can print on them. Whether it's a camo pattern like MultiCam®, a striped pattern, or a logo, our printing is high-quality. 

Mesh

When it comes to bags, we can laminate mesh to foam for certain applications. With numerous different mesh counts and spacer mesh in various thicknesses – we’ll likely have the kind you need. Much of our mesh is domestic, if that is a characteristic you are looking for.

Labels, Cord, Zippers

While these might literally be small things when it comes to a bag, they aren’t small to us. Making an impression with the little things, like labels will give your product and your brand the strength it needs.

 

We’re really happy to service the bags and packs industry so well. Don’t hesitate to reach out on any of your needs or questions when it comes to these things.

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