Balancing the Marine Canvas Business and Life

She's got her Peloton; he’s got his mountain bike and for the past 15 years they’ve been making a marine canvas business together. Hear how a husband-and-wife team embarked on the canvas business and makes a conscious effort at work-life balance. The couple shares on learning from mistakes, incorporating flexibility, expanding to different markets, [...]

By |2023-05-25T08:31:21-05:00May 17, 2023|

Textile Prototyping via the Fantastic Flex Factory

From fashion designer to trend forecaster to opportunity maker, Dr. Andre West does it all. Dr. West speaks to Talking Textiles about his latest venture, the Flex Factory, a rapid prototyping, flexible space for textile manufacturing, housed within the North Carolina State University. Learn how students and entrepreneurs alike are using the innovation and ideation [...]

By |2023-03-16T08:55:19-05:00March 10, 2023|

Talking Over Textile Solutions and Timbits – Live from Montreal!

Our inaugural live episode of Talking Textiles is a panel discussion including an all-star cast of past Canadian guests talking about the fabric structures industry. Francophone and Anglophones alike will love the advice on how to get new projects and customers, as well as the quote process and how to respond to different markets.  Hear [...]

By |2023-03-16T08:56:18-05:00March 1, 2023|

Passing the Baton and Transitioning into an ESOP

On today’s Talking Textiles we get down to the business of ESOPs, the Employee Stock Ownership Program. Attorney Doug Neville sheds light and answers questions from the legal perspective while Dave Bess, who was strategically involved in an ESOP for his company, discusses the change in mind shift and culture that occurred as a result.

By |2023-03-16T09:01:20-05:00January 19, 2023|

Textile Leaders Tackle Supply Chain Strategies

Supply chain delays and challenges are one of the top issues facing the textiles industry today. Listen in on this special panel discussion of Talking Textiles, where we'll talk to industry leaders about the causes of these problems, the outlook for the coming year and how companies can best prepare themselves to deal with shortages [...]

By |2023-03-22T13:27:51-05:00December 14, 2022|

The Next Generation of Textiles

It's time to nerd out on material sciences. This episode of Talking Textiles interviews George Sun, founder of Nextiles, a company merging electronics with textiles to measure range of motion, micromovements and more. We learn how George walked a path from creating shoes to conductive fabrics and hear his advice for job seekers to get [...]

By |2023-03-22T13:28:37-05:00November 30, 2022|

Building Sling Packs, Knowledge and Relations through ATA and the IFAI Expo

Hear from two textile product business owners, their history, challenges, and involvement with the Advanced Textiles Association and the Demo Area at Expo. Jonathan Sweet interviews Tom Auer, Bearse USA, a third-generation business owner and Bob Rosania, CEO Ehmke Manufacturing, a company that was started by a baseball player. Discover what’s happening in the ATA [...]

By |2023-03-22T13:29:24-05:00October 7, 2022|

Building Multiple Structures, Winning Friends and Influencing the Textile Industry

Jamie Gallagher has over 50 years of experience in the fabric engineering business and the relationships to prove it. Working along the way with his 4 brothers, Jamie explains why a bit of healthy family competition can fuel innovation.  Born into a family with an already successful textile-based business, the brothers were not content to [...]

By |2023-03-22T13:29:36-05:00August 24, 2022|

Manufacturing the Next Textile Experts

Dan Walczyk and Glenn Saunders have always enjoyed tinkering and taking things apart. This passion eventually led them to work as engineers and professors in the study of industrial robots, textile automation, fusing and composites. Today, as professors at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, they strive to produce the best engineering students and thus restore the [...]

By |2023-03-22T13:29:49-05:00July 20, 2022|

Fawcett Passes the Torch…Again!

From Fawcett to Fawcett to Fawcett! Lethbridge Canvas has been in business going on three generations. In our latest episode of Talking Textiles, Craig Fawcett and heir apparent, Jonathan Fawcett share the history of the family’s shade and covers business, the handing down from one generation to the next, and the lessons learned bringing the [...]

By |2023-03-22T13:29:57-05:00June 22, 2022|
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