Our Podcast: Talking Textiles

  • 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, and networking with the Marine Fabricators Association. Enjoy this episode that offers both entrepreneurial and marital advice!
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Join us each month for insider views, best practices and tips from successful companies in the industrial fabric market. Discover the road to the fabric industry and gain insight from shared experiences.

Previous Episodes

  • Manufacturing Textile Solutions and Synergies through MSC

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    Today’s Talking Textiles panel discussion brings together the great minds involved with the Manufacturing Solutions Center (MSC), a center designed to support and sustain the textile industry.  MSC’s Jeff Neuville, Tanya Wade and Frank Henderson of Henderson Sewing talk to us about the cooperation, collaboration and partnerships created in the new facility. Learn how MSC is helping manufacturers test the limitations of all different types of textiles along with meeting the standards necessary to bring products to market. Tour MSC while attending the Fabricators Conference April 24-25, 2023. To learn more visit https://www.textiles.org/fabricatorsconference/.

  • Textile Prototyping via the Fantastic Flex Factory

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    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 hands-on space to experiment and advance the textile industry. All attendees to the Smart Fabric Summit can tour and experience the new Flex Factory. Join us April 11-12, 2023. Visit smartfabricsummit.com to learn more.

  • Talking over Textile Solutions and Timbits – Live from Montreal!

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    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 their thoughts on networking versus advertising and developing with the end in mind. Grab a Timbit and double double and settle in for an informative épisode de “Parlants Textiles.”

  • Passing the baton and transitioning into an ESOP

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    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.