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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

CTEdge™: The Solution You’ve Been Waiting For

by Annie 17. November 2016 08:55


MMI Textiles, Inc. is a solutions-based industrial fabric company. If you are having a problem related to any of your fabrics, fasteners, or components – then we can help. Whether we can provide you with an actual product or we can connect you with someone who has that element you are looking for, we’ll do the leg work for you.  And that’s where our new product – THE CTEdge™ comes in. This solution-based technology is featured in both our printed MultiCam® binding tape and webbing so that we can alleviate the issue that some members of our armed forces and tactical customers are facing, typically referred to as the “white edge”.

The CTEdge™ is created using patent-pending technology that gives the edge of the fabric a more concealed edge because it is woven with different color threads. It allows the edge to blend in much more with MultiCam® behind it or another military-colored fabric.

CTEdge™ Webbing

We offer our exclusive CTEdge™ in both A-A-55301 and Mil-W-17337. It is also available in OCP by contract basis only. This product is often used in bags, vests, MOLLE systems, and other tactical gear. The following widths are available in Mil-W-17337: ¾” 1”, 1.5”, 2” 3”. To inquire on A-A-55301, please call the MMI office. 

CTEdge™ Binding Tape

Same thing here – our exclusive binding tape comes with patent-pending CTEdge™ that meets Mil-T-5038. This product is stocked and available in ¾” and 1”.

The picture above, a Crye Percision™ product, is created with MMI’s materials. The tape and webbing used on it are the CTEdge™ product and a close-up shot of the concealed edge can be seen below. Additionally, the vest is made with our loop and elastic. Last but not least, zipper is now a part of our new printed narrow line, too and we have stock in #5 and #9.

 

For more information on the CTEdge™ solution – check out our dedicated webpage. If you want samples or information on current stock, give us a call at the number below or shoot us an email. 

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. 

AUSA 2016 Recap

by Annie 6. October 2016 09:52


The MMI team traveled to Washington, DC for the annual AUSA Expo and annual meeting. One of our favorite shows of the year, the 2016 show was no different. During the expo, we got to be a part of IFAI’s booth space and had a great time. Being members of the Industrial Fabrics Association International allows us many benefits, including getting a chance to exhibit at AUSA which we are grateful for.

As you may know, we take our relationship with the military and tactical industry very seriously. So when we get the chance to come together with a lot of members of that industry, we get pretty excited. We got to show off and tell people about our new line of MultiCam® and OCP printed narrow fabrics. There are similar products to the one MMI now offers but the differences and benefit to MMI’s are significant.

MMI’s webbing and binding tape offer the patent-pending CTEdge™. This advanced edge design gets rid of the glaring white edge that many would notice when the webbing and tape were used in vests, bags, and more. The CTEdge™ conceals the white edge, making it blend much more than any previous versions of this webbing and tape.

In addition to the advanced webbing and tape, the line also offers zipper, elastic, and woven loop. All of these products meet military specs and are Berry compliant. While this new line is what we are most recently talking about the most – we’re able to offering lots of different products to the manufacturers of military products. Things like mil-spec webbing, berry compliant hardware, hook and loop, and elastic are all options that we can provide solutions to for military applications and end uses.

After a successful AUSA 2016 and an upcoming IFAI Expo 2016 (come see us at Booth #A1035) – the MMI team is busy and excited for it all. If you missed us in Washington DC, don’t fret – we’ll get the chance to talk our new printed narrow line with you or anything else on your mind. Call our team at 440-899-8050 or shoot us an email at 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! 

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.

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! 

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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