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Brand & Oppenheimer Acquires General Fabrics Co.

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Portsmouth, RI – February 6, 2018 – Brand & Oppenheimer Co., Inc. (B&O), a leading textile converter, announced it has acquired the assets of General Fabrics Co. (General Fabrics), a leading wholesale designer, packager, and distributor of printed textiles. General Fabrics, founded in 1951, services a wide variety of markets, including quilting and crafting resellers. Praesidian Capital initially invested both first lien debt and equity in B&O, and has continued to support the company.

Run by Edward and David Odessa, General Fabrics has a longstanding reputation for quality within the quilting and craft resale markets. “We are very excited to join forces with B&O,” stated the Odessa’s. “We will continue to meet customer demands with quality products and outstanding service, and we look forward to a very successful future together.

“I am excited to acquire General Fabrics,” stated Ed Ricci, CEO of B&O. “B&O and I have worked with the Odessa’s for a long time, and General Fabrics’ business model fits well into B&O’s operations. The acquisition expands our product capabilities, complements our existing sales divisions, and advances our vision for strategic growth. I look forward to entering the print quilting and craft markets and streamlining the connections between B&O’s other sales divisions.”

“Since our initial investment, B&O has continued to provide premiere textile products and customer service,” said Jason Drattell, the founding partner of Praesidian. “We have been consistently impressed with the management team’s strategic vision and ability to drive growth. The acquisition will expand B&O’s product offering and customer base, and we anticipate continued growth in the coming years as management executes on their strategic vision.”

SHOT Show 18 – Austrialpin

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Austrialpin has several new buckles.

There’s the new COBRA frame with quick release thumb tab as well as a selection of premium quality aluminum 7075 D rings, O rings, and triglides.

Additionally, they showed us AB investment casted, Stainless Steel COBRA buckle with integrated Dring. Designed and developed for the Fire Protection (SCBA) and Offshore industries it is a UL certified and fully NFPA / CSA / ANSI compliant.


SHOT Show 18 – Murdock Webbing

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Murdock Webbing displayed their jacquard weave bungee webbing (above) and variable width weave webbing (below) which is great for slings.

Both products are made to order by www.murdockwebbing.com.

SHOT Show 18 – Vapour SD Jacket from Sitka Gear

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Sitka Gear has introduced a new featherweight jacket called the Vapour SD, made from WL Gore’s SHAKEDRY fabric.


SHAKEDRY is a waterproof breathable fabric featuring a durable water repellant surface. It’s very thin so these garments are intended for training, rather than field use. I use a SHAKEDRY jacket from a different manufacturer as an emergency rain jacket in my daypack because it packs up into a ball the size of my fist. Water literally beads on the surface. When you take it off shake it and the water flies off. It’s dry, just like the name says.


While the jacket isn’t intended for heavy use as an outer garment, the jacket can be worn under other clothing and will still keep you dry.

Due to the material, the only color available is Black.


2018 FirstSpear Range Day – Puncturex by Textech

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Textech Industries produces a wide variety of specialized fabrics. Their Puncturex product is used in the new Army Jungle Boot for Puncturex resistance, replacing the metal plate used in the original model.


The material is flexible and lightweight as well as thermally non-conductive. Additionally, it is Berry compliant.

Naturally, this material can be used for other applications as well.


CORDURA Brand and Crye Precision Bring Lightweight Comfort to Latest Mil-Spec Uniforms

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

New CORDURA® x Meet the Maker series video to highlight Crye’s state-of-the art G4 uniform

WICHITA, KS – January 22, 2018 – INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand and Crye Precision have collaborated to create a new generation of military uniform fabric technology powered by the long-lasting durability of CORDURA® fabric combined with lightweight comfort and added mobility. Made from Crye Precision’s proprietary VTXTM Ripstop material constructed with stretch CORDURA® NYCO fabric technology, the latest G4 Uniform represents the next generation of combat apparel. It will be featured in the latest installment of the CORDURA® brand’s ‘Meet the Maker’ series, which highlights the two brands’ longstanding collaboration.


“We are excited to once again be working with Crye Precision on the cutting-edge of military fabric technology,” said Cindy McNaull, global CORDURA® brand and marketing director. “The goal of our Meet the Maker series is to highlight the power of collaborative problem solving with our brand customers, and celebrate our shared values. This latest installment with Crye is a testament to passionate innovation and our long-term durable bond.”

The G4 Uniform features a slim-cut design for reduced bulk and enhanced wearer comfort under body armor. INVISTA T420HT patent-pending high tenacity fiber technology helps optimize the pants and sleeves for lightweight strength, and zippered shoulder pockets leave room for essential gear.

“From uniform fabrics to heavy duty plate carriers to backpack fabrics, CORDURA® brand is the gold standard for nearly our entire line,” said Gregg Thompson, co-founder of Crye Precision. “We’ve been working with CORDURA® fabric since our very first G1 uniform, and we continued to use it in our AC uniform and G3 uniform after that,” added Johanna Bloomfield, lead designer at Crye Precision. “For G4, we wanted to create a fabric that was lighter and stronger than our current fabric.”

The G4 uniform’s VTXTM Ripstop fabric construction offers multiple benefits when compared to standard 50/50 NYCO Mil-Spec material. Driven by a 17% lighter weight and 4x more breathable material, its comfort properties are key for consumers who are often wearing uniforms for long and demanding periods of time. In the field, its practical technologies include 3x higher tear strength and 60% faster drying fabric.

“The most rewarding part of the job is knowing that the products you’re designing are being used in the real world by end-users that are rappelling, climbing over walls and fast-roping out of helicopters,” said Brad Thomas, retired special forces and product manager at Crye Precision. “Our new G4 uniform and fabric is so reliable, the servicemen don’t have to think about it. And I don’t think we would have had the success that we have had without CORDURA® fabric.”

To experience the story behind the collection, view the new CORDURA® + Crye ‘Meet the Maker’ video here. Or stop by the Crye Precision booth #32403 at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, January 23-26, 2018. The uniform will also be on display at Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show in Denver, January 25, 2018 at the CORDURA® brand booth #54037-UL.

MMI Textiles To Exhibit At SHOT Show Supplier Showcase

Friday, January 19th, 2018

MMI Textiles will be exhibiting at the SHOT Supplier Showcase, January 22nd-23rd at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Theirbooth number is S1705, a corner booth right by the entrance – you can’t miss them!

This year they are bringing some old favorites (Printed Narrow Fabrics/Performance Knits) as well as a few new product lines, recently to their repertoire (Black LiteLok, New MultiCam® Patterns, CORDURA® Brand Solution-Dyed Wolf Gray Fabrics/Webbing/Binding/Elastic).

For full details, click here.

Polartec to Exhibit at SHOT Show Supplier Showcase

Friday, January 19th, 2018

(Andover, Mass.) – January 18, 2018 – Polartec, the premium provider of innovative textile solutions, will for the first time exhibit at the SHOT Show Supplier Showcase, an event dedicated to shooting, hunting and outdoor manufacturers, January 22-23 in Las Vegas, Nev.

As a global leader in the Science of Fabric and full-service supplier of environmental protection fabrics, Polartec will present new product developments engineered to keep people warm, dry, cool and safe. These technologies include Polartec Delta cooling fabrics, highly versatile and durable Polartec Power Wool fabrics, and Polartec Alpha, the first-ever active insulation developed for U.S. Special Operations Forces. Attendees will get a first look at new Polartec Power Fill insulation, a best-in-class fill insulation that offers maximum warmth and sustainable comfort––with 80-percent recycled content––for cold conditions.

Polartec also creates fabrics made in the U.S.A. for Berry Amendment compliance, including technologies with a proprietary construction of Nomex, Kevlar, and carbon yarns with no melt, no drip fire resistant performance for the most extreme arc flash protection and uncompromising performance.

To learn more at SHOT, please visit the Polartec booth, number S2314.