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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. 

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

SHOT Show 2017 is in the books...

by Annie 30. January 2017 11:22



SHOT Show 2017 is always an awesome way to kick off the new year.

Not to mention, anyone who gets the chance capitalizes on the opportunity to head West from Cleveland in January. Our team returned last week and brought back so much to say on new product lines and high-tech designs that they got to see at SHOT Show. In addition to the cool things they saw, they got to meet and see some new and old industry friends. On Wednesday night, the team attended the famed Crye Precision party in costume. And as you can see from the picture below, our team takes costumes very seriously.

This year, we participated in the new SHOT Supplier Showcase and were able to display our products more in-depth. Our MultiCam®  printed narrow fabrics featuring the patent-pending CTEdge™ are displayed on the Crye Precision vest which was a big hit. We sell these products in webbing, elastic, loop, zipper, and binding tape. You can read more details on the product and the CTEdge™ in this post which was featured on Soldier Systems Daily. In addition, we were able to show off our new line of fire retardant and anti-microbial performance knits. This line consists of 17 different styles ranging from lightweight meshes to heavyweight fleeces. Just in case the buzz about some of our new products overshadow our vast exsisting lines, don't forget about the things like our stock CORDURA® nylons and our Berry Compliant hardware.

If we didn’t get the chance to see you at the showcase and you want more information or samples on any of our products, shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com or give us a quick call at 440-899-8050.  Keep in mind we do our best to stay active and committed to serving the military and tactical industry in as many ways that we can and we are ever striving to improve. 

 

The Future Workforce -- a great read!

by Annie 2. November 2016 15:27

The future of the fabric industry is a serious subject -- and luckily, it seems like people are beginning to talk about it. In the October issue of Specialty Fabrics Review in an article titled, The Future of the Workforce, the author brings to lights how crucial it is to support the existence of these jobs and to encourage and nurture young individuals to pursue these kinds of trades. Without individuals who have welding and sewing skills, the industry will struggle to survive.


The article touches on how textile manufacturer's need sewers and sewers need opportunities that lead to fulfilling careers. The two must be merged successfully to keep the industry growing. The partnership between IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) and the Makers Coalition are trying to do just that. Our owner, Amy Bircher, is committed to helping this process where she can. As chair of the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) which committed $120,000 to the Makers Division program over the next two years Amy says, "The decision to fund this program was very easy. The foundation stands for education, innovation, and development within our industry. This comes at a time when the industry is growing, manufacturing jobs are coming back and the need for professional development couldn't be greater. The vocations of sewing and welding - the kinds of things that are used in a manufacturing shop for finished products - hardly exist anymore." 
 

To read the full article, click here: 1016RV_Makers.pdf (3.55 mb)
 

We love seeing programs like this one being supported throughout the industry and enjoy taking the time to mention how much bringing jobs back to the United States means to us as a company. 

Another exciting year at IFAI EXPO 2016!

by Annie 27. October 2016 09:01


And another year at the IFAI EXPO is under our belt! We kicked off our biggest show of the year last week with a bang, bringing in a new booth and nine team members for the 2016 show in Charlotte, NC. There is no doubt that getting together with all of our industry family is one of our favorite things – and it's the one thing that hasn’t changed since we started exhibiting at IFAI EXPO many years ago.

This year at the show, we debuted a new hanging sign, a new booth design, and some bright blue carpet. In addition, three members of our growing team got to experience the show for the first time. Some of the things that we showed off in our booth this year:

1.       MultiCam® Printed Narrow Fabrics

We have been talking about this stuff all summer long because we are that excited about. We have six different variations of this line – all in MultiCam®. This line highlights our commitment to the military industry as it features the MMI-created patent-patent pending CTEdge™. In addition, we can print patterns and logos on narrow fabrics of practically all kinds.

 

2.       Coated Aramid Thread

This thread is really strong – no joke. It is comparable to the strength of a bolt. Our thread is recommended for use where exposure to moisture, abrasion, environmental contaminants or cut-hazard would be likely to cause failure in traditional threads of equal size.  Some of its features are:

·         Non-Absorbent

·         100% wet strength after 6 months’ immersion in sea water

·         High break strength (80 lbs in size 138)

·         High abrasion resistance

·         High UV resistance (approx. 30% strength loss after two years’ exposure)

·         High resistance to solvents, bleach and hydrocarbons

 

3.       Fabric, lots of it! 

      Shocker, right? Well, we highlighted a few of our favorite this year – but we have so many options. I’ll save you from reading the entire list but whether it is 200D polyester, 1050D ballistic nylon, or a custom ripstop to foam lamination – we have you covered. Our robust 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 2016, IFAI EXPO is always one of our favorite memories. 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 shoot us an email at info@mmitextiles.com or call us at 440-899-8050. 

MMI Textiles, Inc. is ISO 9001:2015 Certified

by Annie 22. September 2016 09:41


MMI is proud to announce that they are officially ISO 9001:2015 certified. After an important process, MMI was

able to receive the certification. This is a testament to the service, integrity and quality that MMI presents to all individuals who work with them.

Because of this this ISO certification, you can be sure that when working with MMI Textiles, Inc. that you are receiving the highest quality service. 

With any questions or comments, please reach out to us at 440-899-8050 or info@mmitextiles.com.  

What You Need to Make Safety Vests

by Annie 25. August 2016 12:15

Different kinds of fabrics and textiles that are used in an industrial setting are versatile and important. One thing that MMI has a lot of experience with is safety vests. We can provide you with the materials to make the entire thing whether it’s a vest, some sort of backpack, or anything in that arena. We can help with getting you the raw materials as well as helping and referring you to the right spot to get vests like these made.  Whether you need a construction vest, a vest used for crossing guards or traffic directors, or something for runners to wear late at night – we have seen it all. Here are some great things that you might need if your making any products like this one:

Mesh 

The options are numerous here – we have mesh in many colors, including all the bright colors needed in the any kind of safety product. We have spacer mesh, too if you were looking for something a little more padded.

Reflective Fabric

Obviously, this is crucial when it comes to this kind of stuff. All the reflective fabric can be attached and/or laminated to the kind of product you are having made.

Labels

Labels on vests or any product for that matter are important. Whether it be a small tag label or a large square label to go on the front, you want to make sure you have the right name being displayed. 

Tape and Webbing

Whether you need some to attach the hardware to, straps the connect to vest, or just tape to bind to the edges of the vest then we have you covered.

Hardware and Hook + Loop

Need your best to buckle in the front? Need something to attach the buckles to? We got it! Plastic hardware is a great option for these and we have practically every option in the book. If you were looking to fasten your vest some hook and loop, we’ll be able to help there, too. We have VELCRO® Brand as well as MMI brand hook and loop so we will be able to fit your needs.

 

These are the kinds of end products and projects that MMI Textiles, Inc. is awesome at helping with because we have so many solutions to help customers get all that they need in one place, talking to one person. Call us with questions or any concerns you might have! 

Warrior East 2016 Recap!

by Annie 18. July 2016 09:50


The ADS Warrior East Expo is always one of the most fun shows of the year and this year was no exception. Geoff was able to attend the Expo for two days and met with some of our favorite people in the industry. This show always brings together the most innovate people, products, and ideas of the tactical industry – which is one 
of the main reasons we love it so much.
 

This year we were excited to show off our new line of Printed Narrow Fabrics. This new line we have rolled out is one of a kind. It’s created with improved washabilitand durability, and made with solution-dyed Cordura® fabric. The most highlighted feature of the new line is the edge. The product is created with 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 importance when camouflage is a concern.

 

We got an awesome glimpse of things going on at Warrior East and if you attended, we hope you did too. If you want more information on MMI’s new line of printed narrow fabrics whether it’s questions 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. 

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

PenCott™ Camouflage Patterns Used on House of Cards

by Debbie 24. March 2015 08:00

An MMI partner may be coming to a small screen near you. Hyde Definition’s PenCott™ camouflage patterns will be featured in season three of the Primetime Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning Netflix drama House of Cards.

The show, which follows Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey as the powerful and manipulative politician Frank Underwood, has already gained notoriety as the first online-only web TV series to earn such attention from critics and award ceremonies. Unsurprisingly, the series will turn to PenCott™ camouflage patterns to make an upcoming scenes look as real as possible.

PenCott™ camouflage patterns make an appearance in House of Cards.

Spoiler Alert

Parts of this blog contain spoilers for House of Cards, so you may want to skip this section if you’d prefer not to know certain plot points until you finish season three.

The PenCott™ designs are on display during an important segment of season three when now-U.S. President Underwood attends a secret meeting in the Jordan Valley with Russian President Viktor Petrov, played by actor Lars Mikkelsen. 

All of the Russian soldiers in the scene can be seen wearing BadLands™ uniforms, while the Russian officers and Petrov himself wear GreenZone™ uniforms – two of the four multi-environment camouflage patterns offered by PenCott™ – to serve as a hyper-realistic stand-in for the Russian Army’s “Digital-Flora” uniforms. 

Camouflage for You

Fortunately, the costume department for House of Cards isn’t the only group that has access to PenCott™ camouflage pattern. Call us today at 1-888-664-0086 to learn how MMI can help you with your military fabric needs.

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