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Elevate Textiles Names Per-Olof Loof as President & CEO

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Provides key leadership to drive company’s advancement as leaders in innovation and sustainability

April 4, 2019, Charlotte, NC – Elevate Textiles, a global provider of advanced, high quality products and mission critical textile solutions, announced today the appointment of Per-Olof Loof as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Launched earlier this year, Elevate Textiles was born out of the integration of American & Efird (A&E) and International Textile Group under the leadership of Platinum Equity. Elevate Textiles and its distinguished collection of portfolio brands, including A&E, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gu?termann and Safety Components, serve 25,000 customers in over 100 countries and across six continents via a global footprint that includes 37 facilities and over 15,000 employees, representing a textile company without parallel in the industry.

Brandon Crawley, Principal at Platinum Equity who has been serving as Elevate’s interim Global CEO has seen firsthand the tremendous opportunity ahead for the company and the importance of finding the right leader to fuel growth.

“Over the last several months we have been working to form the new Elevate Textiles and aggressively drive growth and synergies within our brands. We see tremendous opportunity to leverage the company’s expanded global footprint and advance as leaders in innovation and sustainability. Per brings the right passion and drive to Elevate with more than 30 years of demonstrating strategic leadership to quickly and successfully drive business growth.”

Mr. Loof has served as CEO across multiple industries and sectors, with a focus on technology, innovation and multinational operations. He most recently served 13 years as CEO of Kemet Electronics Corporation, a leading manufacturer of electronic components. Additionally, he held prior CEO positions for Sensormatic Electronics Corporation and AT&T Istel and served as Sr. Vice President for NCR and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Digital Equipment Corporation.

“Elevate brands and operations have tremendous market credibility and the right offerings with leading innovations, sustainable solutions and unprecedented product and operational expertise to advance our industry leadership,” said Loof. “I am thrilled to join the Elevate team and look forward to working with our employees, customers and other partners worldwide to build on our strengths and drive the company to even greater levels of success.”

Elevate Textiles offers a new, innovative approach to the textiles sector, providing premium fabric and thread solutions globally. As a consolidated platform, Elevate Textiles focuses on operational excellence, innovation, and environmental sustainability, with an integrated approach to supply chain, R&D, and procurement. Elevate Textiles is committed to growth through customer collaboration, innovative product development, and delivery of premium, mission-critical textile solutions globally.


Military VELCRO Products Available Through MMI Textiles

Friday, April 5th, 2019

MMI Textiles offers a full range of Berry compliant VELCRO BRAND Mil-Spec hook and loop products in solid military colors as well as Mil-Spec loop printed in MultiCam® and ATACS.

They offer VELCRO BRAND A-A-55126 certified fasteners in widths up to 6” (50-yard rolls) and VELCRO BRAND ONE-WRAP fasteners (25-yard rolls) in popular military colors, including:

Coyote Brown
Ranger Green
Wolf Gray
Foliage Green (limited basis)

Most of their Mil-Spec hook and loop products are stocked and distributed out of their Cleveland, OH warehouse.

All fasteners are sold by the case, with a one case minimum order.

On top of the Mil-Spec options, they also stock a wide range of VELCRO BRAND commercial products (mainly in white or black).


D3O Expands North American Operations Following Significant Business Growth

Monday, April 1st, 2019

D3O is delighted to announce two significant appointments to our North American team: Shawn Connor, VP of Sales for North America, D3O LLC, leading the D3O LLC Sales function, and David Jackson, Program Manager for US Defense, covering US DoD Programs, OEM Projects for the DoD Marketspace and partner brand relationship business development.

These appointments come off the back of standout growth for the brand, specifically in its military and industrial applications in North America. These have been driven by partnerships with 3M to rethink personal protection in the Defense arena, and also with the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) alongside Industrial PPE manufacturers to deliver a new industry standard for back-of-hand impact protection, ANSI/ISEA 138.

Bill VanMullekom, Executive Vice President of D3O LLC, says: “These appointments demonstrate D3O’s business growth and commitment to ensuring we remain the number one impact protection brand worldwide.

“D3O is seeing substantial growth in North America across each of our sectors including Consumer Electronics, Defense, Sports, Motorcycle, and Industrial PPE.  We’re committed to installing the right team on the ground to meet these demands.  Adding Shawn and David to our expanding US team, as well as our ongoing efforts to expand our Berry compliant production capabilities (including products such as the TRUST Stealth Helmet pads, TRUST LP2 kneepads and Decell Trust Sheet material used in back of hand protection, Load Carriage and Ballistic Plate Strike Face Protection) underscores our commitment to supporting our partners and growing new business.”

Connor brings over 25 years of experience in sales and sales leadership across multiple markets including consumer and long-term government development programs, with the last 18 years dedicated to the Defense and Industrial Workwear sectors. Most recently Connor was VP of International Sales at National Safety Apparel, and prior to that was VP of Sales at DriFire for more than eight years leading commercial and military sales.

Jackson has over 25 years of Defense experience, ranging from end user (8 years USMC Infantry), to law enforcement (7 years with SWAT K9), and after that a distributor to US DOD Ballistic / Electronics / and PPE Manufacturing. Jackson will focus on bringing technical expertise and end user insight to partner brands who seek to deliver the highest level of blunt trauma protection available in the market place.



Propel LLC showing innovative Electronic Textiles at Navy FST, April 10-11, 2019, UMASS Lowell Tsongas Center

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

To set up a meeting, email jdlong@propel-llc.com.

Tiger Stripe Products Opens Webstore

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Toger Stripe Products has opened a webstore and you can purchase finished goods direct.

Now, if they’d just offer some fabric, particularly 500D Cordura.


FirstSpear Friday Focus – Beanies and Neckies

Friday, March 1st, 2019

This Friday we are taking a look at the FirstSpear all American wool Beanies and Neckies. Constructed from FirstSpear ACM BASE 100, a merino, poly, and modal blend. Featuring flat seams for maximum comfort under helmets and just enough material to double up over the ears when temperatures drop.

The heather grey beanie / neckie color option is now a non-stocking non-standard option and will be available only while supplies last and will not be available for re-order. 100% American made.


Polartec Commits to 100% Recycled Materials and Biodegradability

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Polartec Eco-Engineering™ to set new standard for sustainable textiles including the creation of the world’s first fully recycled and biodegradable fleece, other knits, insulation fills and breathable waterproof fabrics

(Andover, Mass.) – Polartec, the premium producer of innovative and sustainable textile solutions, introduces its Eco-Engineering™ initiative to use recycled and biodegradable materials across its entire product line.

The effort joins other industry leaders and pioneers in sustainable textiles: Unifi and Intrinsic Advanced Materials. The collaboration combines a revolutionary CiCLO® technology with Unifi’s innovative yarn products to promote biodegradation of polyester and nylon, as well as applications in polyurethane, in sea water and landfill conditions. The goal is to create the world’s first fully recycled and biodegradable fleeces and breathable waterproof membranes, as well as other knits and insulation fills.

“By collaborating with the best in the business, Polartec is committing to the pursuit of a future where everything is eco-engineered to use recycled inputs and to be biodegradable,” says Gary Smith, Polartec CEO. “This is the culmination of over 25 years of Polartec investment and innovation.”

Polartec created the very first performance fabrics made from post-consumer recycled plastics in 1993, and began collaborating with Unifi in 2006.

“We are proud to be a part of progressive collaborations that seek to find solutions, through textile innovation, for some of the world’s most significant challenges,” says Kevin Hall, Unifi CEO. “By working with leaders from our industry, we strive to create innovative products that are synergistic with key technologies like recycling. We look forward to this journey towards developing biodegradable materials and for more industry partners to join the sustainable pathway.”

“After years of R&D to create a solution for biodegradability, we’re thrilled to partner with the inventor of technical fleece and leader in performance knits to bring CiCLO to market as part of Polartec Eco-Engineering,” says Andrea Ferris, Intrinsic Advanced Materials CEO.

The collaboration is an extension of Polartec Eco-Engineering™, a process that deploys recycled inputs, advanced production techniques, logistical efficiency, and rigorous testing and certifications to create an unrivaled innovation pipeline devoted to producing sustainable fabrics with elite performance characteristics. This includes OEKO-TEX® and bluesign® certifications across all Polartec facilities worldwide. The Polartec Eco-Engineering™ effort seeks to set a new, higher ‘triple bottom line’ standard for the textile industry: fully recycled inputs, fully recyclable fabrics, and complete biodegradability.

Duraflex Consolidation Announcement

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

February 12, 2019

     National Molding will be consolidating the Duraflex production from both our Miami Lakes, FL and Ambridge PA. into our Largo, Florida facility.  Currently, the Largo plant manufactures medical products and they are well equipped to handle the attention to detail that the Duraflex line requires.   The equipment (presses and molds) from both facilities will be relocated to our Largo, FL plant.  We believe by consolidating all Duraflex production in one location we will be able to better serve our commercial and military customers. 

    We anticipate this transition to be completed mid-year 2019.  The Largo, FL plant is well equipped and staffed to handle the complexities of our Duraflex line.  We are excited to have all Duraflex production in one location and look forward to serving your plastic hardware needs in the future.