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What It Means to be Made in the USA

by Annie 9. August 2016 09:50

 

We’ve been watching the Olympics non-stop over here at MMI. Gymnastics, swimming, archery, table tennis, you name it and we’re practically “experts”. It’s such a great time every four years and we’re grateful for how it brings us together within the office, not even to mention how it brings us together with the rest of the globe. We love cheering on our home red, white, and blue and it definitely has us thinking about what it means to be “Made in the USA”. 
 

MMI Textiles offers a lot of different products that are “Made in the USA”. Depending on what it is and the kinds of specifications that it needs to have, we often refer to it as domestic or if it’s a military fabric or component, we may refer to it as Berry compliant – which you can read more about here.
 

Manufacturing goods that are Made in the USA means more than what it might look like on paper. For us – it means we are staying true to our history and staying true to the industry that helped MMI become what it is today. Our history reaches back all the way to 1932 when National Dye Works was started in downtown Chicago, and continued through 1980 when it was first purchased by the Bircher family, and then in 2007 when it was purchased by MMI Textiles, Inc. A long history – traveling through Chicago, IL, Lynchburg, SC, reaching through the Midwest, and now headquartered in Cleveland, OH with ties throughout the entire country.
 

We manufacturer, convert, and distribute goods based on customer needs and many times that need is wanting goods Made in the USA for the same reasons that we like offering them. We are proud of the fact that we can help support jobs and supporting businesses that are growing within the United States, just like our customers and partners support our growing business.

It's for those reasons that we love to talk about how many things we can offer that are made right here in the United States. In case you were immediately curious, here's a brief list of some of our fabrics and components that can be made within the USA:

It is also important to note that if you are thinking about bringing any kind of production back to the USA, starting new production in the USA, or trying to figure out if it’s even possible – we’d love to help. We’re waving our flags high as we cheer on our team in Rio, hoping to carry that momentum in many more corners of our country.

 

 

*It's important to note that Berry Compliancy is different from something being "Made in the USA" - here's something to read on the Berry Amendment and this is what it takes for something to be considered Made in the USA

 

Mil-spec webbing, mil-spec hardware, mil-spec galore!

by Annie 27. July 2016 11:13


Everyone knows how in-tune we try to be with the military and tactical industry. So we are switching it up from talking about our line of MultiCam® printed narrow fabrics and we are going to discuss our many options for mil-spec webbing and hardware.


Let’s start with mil-spec webbing. This stuff is such a common raw material in the military and tactical industry. MMI’s has the ability to provide you with numerous kinds, colors, styles, and classes of mil-spec webbing. To see just a handful of our available webbing specs, check out our webbing and tape webpage -- no pun intended! Mil-spec binding tape and mil-spec elastic are easy for us to get to you, too. Whether you are making backpacks, duffel bags, vests, tactical slings, or anything related – we have the mil-spec webbing and likely quite a bit more of your Berry Compliant goods that you might need to make these things. And as mentioned before, we can now now offer printed mil-spec webbing, tape, loop, zipper, and elastic. We’re doing our best to bring our A-game for all of our current and future tactical customers.

Next, we can take on mil-spec hardware. We sell ITW Nexus in different finishes and colors and work with customers every single day on not only getting the right mil-spec hardware our customers need but also talking to them and helping them along the way when they aren’t sure what kind of mil-spec hardware they might need. That’s our mission in everything we sell and one thing we are very proud of. Our attention to detail and our well-rounded offering of so many different components allows us to work together with you find out your best option on each area of an end product. We have experts who do it practically every day!

 

Mil-spec webbing and mil-spec hardware are just the beginning of our military-focused products. You can poke around our website to find more. Or, your best bet might be calling in to talk details with one of our experts. You can find them at 440.899.8050! That way we can find out what you are making, how much you need, and we can get some samples out to you as soon as possible.

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. 

MMI Fabric in Action, literally!

by Annie 11. July 2016 12:12


We always get excited to see our fabric in action and in this case, it’s no exception. In this particular instance, we are literally seeing it in action – along with a few other guys in action, too! In an upcoming UFC 203 fight that takes place right here in Cleveland, where reigning champ Steve Miocic takes on Overeem, MMI’s fabric can be seen in the flooring of the ring and throughout the event. To be specific, it’s our #4 Cotton Duck – look for it in sky blue or gold! When we are selling our fabric, we don’t always think about how many different and unique places it will end up so this is a good reminder of how versatile fabric is, especially this cotton duck can be.

If you want more information on the event taking place, you can read about it or buy tickets here. Or, if you want more info on the cotton duck that is being used, we can have cotton experts that help you find the right kinds and colors. Shoot us an email as sales@mmitextiles.com or give us a call at 440.899.8050. 

Geoff and Kayla head to Jamaica!

by Annie 5. July 2016 09:18



In exciting news within the MMI family, our salesman Geoff Senko, got married in a beautiful ceremony just over two weeks ago. Him and his wife, Kayla Senko, bolted to Jamaica to enjoy their honeymoon and made an awesome stop at Green Island Primary school to visit the second grade students. Geoff and Kayla went to the school with the Issa Trust Foundation. An incredibly cool organization, the Issa Trust Foundation was established in 2005 by Couples Resorts to provide a system of prevention, health promotion, education, and promoting over-all well-being to the people of Jamaica. Thousands of people from around the world come to Jamaica to visit so it’s an effort made to give back to the community in which people are visiting. Geoff and Kayla were able to bring coloring supplies, soccer balls, and other fun items with them and were excited to see the faces of the second graders light up when they were given the things. 

Kayla, who is studying to be a teacher, got the incredible experience of seeing what a classroom is like outside of the United States. We’re elated that the MMI family got to be a part of their speical day, that Geoff and Kayla had such a great time in Jamaica and that we are able to share a little bit about their trip. If you get the chance, give Geoff your best wishes next time you talk to him. 

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. 

5 Things You Didn't Know Were Made with Webbing

by Annie 27. April 2016 11:05


Webbing comes in lots of different varieties and you wouldn’t even believe all the things that are made from or with webbing included. If you currently use webbing or are just interested in learning a little more about this fabric, check out this list of five things you might not have noticed are made from different kinds of webbing.  

Seat belts

One of the most common uses of webbing is in seat belts in most cars. Nylon webbing is the most popular kind of webbing that’s used. While widths can vary depending on the maker of the car, two-inch webbing is mostly commonly used. Next time you’re in the car, notice the webbing in the seat belt that you have.
 

Dog Leases and Dog Collars

These things are a must if you have a dog or thinking about getting one! Thanks to leashes and collars webbing is made in all sorts of different sizes and colors. And just like seat belts, leashes and collars are made with some kind of hardware, too. Luckily for you, if you’re needing to make these pet-related products, MMI carries both the webbing and the hardware.
 

 Lawn Chairs

Those retro-looking lawn chairs that have been around for years? Yep, they are made with webbing, too! The webbing is woven into the pattern that is seen on the bottom and the backs of lawn chairs. It’s sometimes dyed many different colors to attain that bright and retro look.
 
 

Molle Systems

This fabric system is an acronym standing for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment. Webbing is used as a holder for many different things typically in military wear and equipment. It’s used in a lot of tactical assault panels, rucksacks, and modular pouches, vests, and backpacks. In this case, we carry a lot of mil-spec webbing options and Berry Compliant products.


Yoga Straps  

As this kind of exercise becomes more popular, yoga straps and yoga mat carrying straps are becoming more popular too. In many cases, cotton webbing is used in these straps to achieve the softer feel that these products try to attain. The carrying cases and the straps used in the stretching are both growing more and more popular. 

How It's Made: The American Flag

by Annie 20. April 2016 11:10

Have you wondered how American Flags are made? What they are made out of? The history of this symbol is rich and stitches between the red, white, and blue fabric are made out of more than just fabric. The fabric that an American Flag is made out of, like most things in American history, has changed throughout time. Since MMI Textiles, Inc. is  proud to sell many products are made right here in the USA, it got us thinking about the flag and how it is changed over time and thought you might be wondering the same thing.

 

Since 1776, the flag has been made from different things. In the early years, American flags were made out of wool, cotton, linen, or silk depending on where it was being made within the country. Goods and materials didn’t travel anywhere near as fast as they do today so therefore, the kind of fabric that was already close by was probably the fabric used. As one could imagine, flags made from silk were typically more expensive and used in the military and for special occasions, sometimes related to occasions involving the federal government. In 1865, laws were put into place that allowed the federal government only purchase flag materials from American manufacturer. We can see a lot of similar things and laws in place now related to buying USA produced good and materials that are Berry compliant.

Today, while the fabric has changed, an American flag is usually manufactured with a material that depends on where it will be flown. Flag manufacturers are always looking to use improved fabric that offers outdoor flags better wearability and better resistance to sunlight and weathering. Indoor flags, decorative flags, and ones that won’t be exposed to too much weathering will be made out of softer fabrics like cottons. The ones for outdoor uses are typically made from nylon or polyester. Nylon, which is typically a little bit lighter than polyester, waves in the wind as one might think a flag should wave.  
 

As new fabrics, smart fabrics, and other materials are introduced to the fabric industry, chances are that the flag will continue to evolve. The stars and stripe will continue to mean more than just the fabric that is sewn together and now you know just a little more about it! 

MMI Textiles, Inc. Is Your One-Stop Shop

by Annie 24. March 2016 15:25

We find that a lot of our customers who purchase things from us don’t realize that we can offer so much more than just the one thing they are used to buying. So it’s our job to remind you that we can offer our customers so much more than just one product like woven fabrics. If you are making some sort of end product that requires different kinds of fabrics and hardware, chances are we have just about everything you need to complete it. That’s why we are such a good fit for military, medical, and commercial markets. Here is just a quick snapshot of everything we have to offer:

Woven Fabrics

Yep, we could go on forever about these guys. It’s our heart and soul! Woven fabrics like nylons and polyesters are everywhere in our office and sometimes we find ourselves talking about them in our sleep. We offer competitive prices and do our best to meet all your needs when it comes to the various different kinds of woven fabrics. 

Hook and Loop

We have strong partnerships with organizations around the country, like Velcro USA. As well as our own hook and loop experts waiting to answer all your questions. Our lines of both products are large and come in many different kinds and colors. Check out the hook and loop webpage to get all the details.

Webbing and Tape

Like our hook and loop, we also have a strong partnership with Tapecraft when it comes to our webbing and tape. As well as numerous connections around the globe to only sell the best of the best. We carry many widths and colors and are proud of it. A lot of our offerings are domestically made and berry compliant.

Rope and Cord

Lots of good stuff here, too. MMI is proud to offer round shock cord and rope in addition to some flat braided products. The military products are 100% berry compliant so that is definitely a plus!

Hardware

This is a big one! We have both metal and plastic hardware available for you as well as access to the ITW Nexus inventory. Being known as fabric supplier and carrying things like hardware makes us a cut above the rest.

Labels

Printed or woven, labels are a necessity when wanting to make a product that has an identity. We can meet your label needs.

Camouflage Fabrics

It’s important for us to mention our commitment to the military and tactical industry. You can see that commitment partly due to our vast line of PenCott™ camouflage fabrics.

Dedication to you.

Lastly and certainly not least, one of our biggest assets is the fact that we are customer service focused. In our offices, we are a team through and through, making every effort to work together and best serve our customers on a daily basis.  

And stay tuned because we have printed narrow fabrics coming soon! For more info on that or anything else you need, your best bet is giving us a call at 440.899.8050 or shooting an email to info@mmitextiles.com. 

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. 
 

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