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MMI Welcomes Our Newest Team Member!

by MMI Textiles 17. January 2018 14:55

 

We have a bit of exciting news to share…today our President/Owner/Fearless Leader Amy Bircher and her husband Rob Bruyn welcomed their baby girl into the world! Baby Girl Bruyn weighs 6 lbs. 12 oz. and is 19.5 inches long. Mom and baby are both doing great.

Everyone here at MMI is very excited and can’t wait to meet the newest edition to our team in person! More updates to follow. 

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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.  

 

The Newest Addition to our Multicam Performance Knits Line

by MMI Textiles 7. November 2017 12:55

 

58"-  5.5oz/sq yd. Modacrylic /FR Rayon, MultiCam, Anti-Microbial, Berry Compliant

Introducing the newest addition to our Made in the USA and Berry Compliant Multicam Performance Knits Line: Style #1874! 

This style is inherently flame resistant and anti-microbial for odor control. This fabric is meant for next to skin applications, such as base layer T-shirts. For more information on our full performance knits line see our Knits/Fleece page

*We are currently taking orders on this style, production due in about 14-16 weeks. 

This style is also available in Tan 499, Coyote Brown, Desert Tan and Black.

For full specs, give us a call at 440-899-8050 or contact us.

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

 

Introducing: New Line of Custom PVC Parts, Labels, and More

by MMI Textiles 12. October 2017 14:58

 

Introducing a line of custom PVC parts, labels, and more through an exclusive partnership with Flexsystems USA Inc.® The goal of this addition is to add to MMI’s product line, and continue to sell more products that are Made in the USA.

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.

 

Custom Zipper Pulls

We can design custom shapes and sizes. The material is a medical grade USA made resin. This material was originally created for the medical industry - used to make human heart catheters. It passes Prop. 65 and is phthalate free, BioCorn based, REACH compliant, RoHS compliant, and will pass USP TYPE VI and cytotoxicity testing. This material can also be custom blended to meet most ASTM standards.

 

Woven Hook Patch

As an alternative to embroidery, woven parts offer more detail options. They have a smooth surface area versus the raised area with embroidery. Pantone color matching is offered or a swatch can be sent for custom color matching. Hook can either be sewn on or heat sealed to the woven area.

 

Custom 2D Tabs

A popular item - you can get creative with the type of design and the shape of the part. The more texture you add to certain areas, the easier it is to grab on to. Hook is heat sealed to the back of this part – which creates a very secure bond. These tabs can be used for jackets, gloves, bags, medical braces and various other types of products that require a hook and loop bond.

 

FR Cuff Tabs

This custom blended material meets the UL94VO requirement for flame resistance. The hook used on the back meets flame resistant requirements as well. The texture on these tabs is built into the mold. There is quite a bit of detail that can be incorporated into a design that other decoration methods cannot achieve. Custom designs and sizes can be created to meet your logo requirements.

 

Side Seam Labels

Instead of woven labels, you can opt to use a 2d side seam label. This will last longer than woven and enable your product to stand out as well! The BioCorn material used in this part is eco-friendly and will last a very long time. It can withstand heat, cold, and will not fade or peel.

 

Smart Label

This sequential and variable data label can be sewn on, and in some cases, it can be heat sealed on.  The durable BioCorn material protects the interior data information. The customer can keep track of their inventory, maintain records for lost or damaged items, digitize information that is critical to an organization, and more! Variable QR codes, pictures, names, numbers and any other data that you want to use - can easily be done.

 

FR Labels

This custom blended UL94VO material is often called out for uniform, glove, jacket, hat and inseam labels. The parts are easy to sew on and do not perforate. Pantone matching is offered or a swatch can be sent for custom color matching. On the back of the part to assist with sewing, a tacking adhesive, or heat seal backing, or an aggressive 3M adhesive can be added.

 

For more information, use our contact us form here – or give us a call at 440-899-8050, we’d love to talk about these new possibilities with you! 

Look for us at AUSA!

by MMI Textiles 6. October 2017 11:56

 

Next week, some of the MMI team will be traveling to Washington, DC for the annual AUSA Meeting and Exposition. During the expo, we’ll be a part of IFAI’s booth space – being members of the Industrial Fabrics Association International allows us many benefits, including getting a chance to exhibit at AUSA which we are very grateful for!

We take our relationship with the military and tactical industry very seriously. So, when we get the opportunity to interact with members of these industries we jump on it. At AUSA we’ll get to show off and tell people all about our military product line offerings - most of which meet military specs and are Berry Compliant.

Our military product line includes: Multicam® Classic, Black, Arid, Tropic and OCP printed narrow fabrics, webbing and binding tape that offer our patent-pending CTEdge, LiteLok™, Performance Knits, 2D labels/cuff tabs/zipper pulls, and our new 500D solution-dyed Wolf Grey fabric that is coming soon!  

While these new products are what we are talking about the most lately – we’re able to offer many different products to the manufacturers of military products. Things like mil-spec webbing, berry compliant hardwarehook and loop, and elastic are all options that provide solutions for military applications and end uses.

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After a successful IFAI Expo 2017 (check back later for our IFAI Recap blog), the MMI team is busy and excited for all to come. If you missed us in New Orleans and/or won’t be able to see us in DC, don’t fret – to talk our products or anything else on your mind, call our team at 440-899-8050 or fill out our contact form.  

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! 

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