Archive for the ‘Materials’ Category

SHOT Show 20 – LBT Inc

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

LBT Inc showed some design concepts utilizing Whiskey Two Four’s ACRONYM fabric which is two layers of 500D nylon fabric joined back to back using a proprietary bonding process. 

One example is this 6904 G3 carrier. They also exhibited the 3-Day Gen 2 which not only incorporates the laser cut ACRONYM, but also TPU zippers and a Velcro field at the top.

DyNyCo – Innovative Elastic NYCO Ripstop for a Modern Army

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

There’s no closer thing to a soldier’s body than his uniform. It’s like a second skin and one may use it for a couple of days or even weeks in a row without washing or taking it off. It protects from the cold and the Sun, from rain as well as wind and snow. What may be the most important though – it makes one less exposed to enemy sight.

Versatile design, cleverly placed pockets and overall fit are truly significant when talking about the uniforms specifics. One cannot place too much emphasis on the fabrics used to produce this piece of gear though. The fabric is the foundation of all other advantages of any uniform.

Speaking of the fabric, there’s only one that meets the expectations of the modern army – NYCO.

What is NYCO?

Briefly speaking NYCO is a combination of Nylon and Cotton. The name tells it all – “NY” came from Nylon and “CO” from Cotton.

NYCO was presented and proved its usability for the very first time in the era of M-65 uniforms. They were made for US Army and gained good feedback fast.

The yarn used to produce NYCO fabric is made of 150 single cotton fibers braided in a special mechanical process with 150 single nylon fibers. After braiding, the yarn is washed and weaved to receive the final product – NYCO fabric. The characteristic Rip-Stop weave is actually a double-braided nylon-cotton fiber. It makes the whole construction of the material more resistant to tearing.


What’s worth noting, though the NYCO fabric had such good ratings in soldiers’ opinions, it took some time until it was used again to produce uniforms. After years of testing different solutions, like a Cotton Twill fabric used in BDU M81 Woodland US uniforms, NYCO Rip-stop was presented once again in 1996 when Enhanced Hot Weather Battle Dress Uniform (EHWBDU) was introduced.

From this time on, NYCO Rip-Stop finally became a standard fabric used to produce US army uniforms. That doesn’t mean though that different producers weren’t trying to improve it. Here is how Direct Action came with an idea of DyNyCo.

DyNyCo – a Direct Action approach to improve NYCO Rip-stop

When on a mission a soldier has to focus on his orders and task. The gear he uses should be possibly easy to use and the uniform he’s wearing should be unnoticeable when he’s moving around. To achieve the latter, Direct Action decided to improve the elasticity of the original NYCO fabric. That’s how they came with a vision of DyNyCo – a “Dynamic” NYCO fabric.

To increase elasticity, without sacrificing much of the values of original NYCO fabric, Direct Action decided to add 3% of Elastane fabric to the whole blend. By joining together 49% Nylon, 48% Cotton and 3% Elastane they received a fabric that’s both durable and breathable as well as elastic enough to guarantee a greater comfort of movement.

From now on, DyNyCo fabric will be used to produce new Direct Action uniforms and combat garments.

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HLC Industries To Feature Cordura Fabrics at SHOT Show Suppliers Showcase

Friday, January 10th, 2020

The Supplier Showcase is two days during SHOT Show, January 20–21 from 8:30 AM–5:30 PM in the Palazzo Ballroom, 5th Floor Venetian Hotel Meeting Rooms. See HLC Industries in booth #51902.

Visit VELCRO Brand at the SHOT Show Supplier Showcase

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Velcro Companies will be back at the SHOT Show Supplier Showcase in Las Vegas, NV on January 20 – 21. Your products must withstand the harshest conditions the tactical world contends with. Our VELCRO® Brand Military Solutions team has a wide range of solutions including Berry compliant fasteners that can meet these demands. Learn about the latest in VELCRO® Brand fastening technology for tactical equipment at booth #52215.

Murdock Webbing – NanoSphere Finish

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Murdock Webbing now offers NanoSphere which is a post-weaving finish that repels dirt, water, and oil. This finish keeps your products clean and dry. The protection from water absorption keeps packs and clothes lightweight and comfortable. It also improves abrasion resistance. It can be applied to any of our products. Here are some benefits:

·         High level of water repellence
·         Self-cleaning effect
·         Dirt and oil repellant
·         Finish holds up after repeated laundering
·         Protects against abrasion and friction damage
·         No effect on the breathability
·         No effect on the feel

Check it out in their SHOT Show booth #8611.

Ocean State Innovations Acquires ColorWorks

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. –- Ocean State Innovations, (a Brand & Oppenheimer Company), a leading textile solutions provider, announced its acquisition of ColorWorks. Founded in 1996, ColorWorks is a premier textile dyer and finisher located in Elizabethton, Tennessee.

The ColorWorks team will continue to service a broad array of customers with their commission textile dyeing and finishing needs.

The resources of Ocean State Innovations will add a unique capability to source a wider array of textile products and to provide a technical knowledge that will help to better serve customers’ needs. Under the direction of Edward Ricci (CEO), Ocean State has built an impressive organization of talented people and innovative products.

“We look forward to continuing our commitment to the ongoing operations at ColorWorks and the future innovation that the commission dyeing and finishing segment adds to Ocean State,” said Edward Ricci, Ocean State Innovations CEO.

Sam Buchanan, President of ColorWorks said; “We are extremely excited to join the Ocean State Innovations team. OSI’s expertise will open markets and help lead ColorWorks into the future.”

Ocean State Innovation’s continued strategic growth has received enthusiastic support from Praesidian Capital, which initially invested both first lien debt and equity in B&O / Ocean State.

“We are very pleased with Ocean State’s growth trajectory and with management’s continued commitment to innovation, customer service, and high-quality textile products,” said Jason Drattell, the founding partner of Praesidian. “We anticipate continued growth and success as management executes on their strategic vision.”

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58″ wide ACRONYM Now Available in Solution Dyed Black

Monday, January 6th, 2020

Whiskey Two Four are pleased to add 58″ wide solution dyed black ACRONYM to our full width offerings.  ACRONYM (Advanced Composite Rugged Optimized NYlon Material) laminate fabric is manufactured with milspec, Berry / IR compliant, solution dyed fabrics to produce a tough, medium weight fabric perfect for laser cut applications.  Approx 18oz / sq yard.

ACRONYM 500D is two layers of 500D nylon fabric joined back to back using a proprietary bonding process.  ACRONYM has no right or wrong side.

ACRONYM laminate fabric was developed specifically for laser cut applications.  Laser cut ACRONYM components, as part of an overall strategy, can significantly reduce touch labor.

MMI Textiles Names Jeff Papalia Vice President

Monday, January 6th, 2020

WESTLAKE, OH – [01/06/2020] – MMI Textiles Inc., a global diversified supplier of industrial and custom fabrics and textile components with military and tactical, medical, commercial and apparel expertise, has named Jeff Papalia, Vice President for MMI Textiles.  Jeff will be strategically located in North Carolina and will start with MMI on January 13, 2020.

Papalia was selected for this new position to help MMI Textiles excel operationally as the company continues its significant growth. Papalia will report directly to president Amy Bircher, and the company’s directors – Nick Rivera, Director of Operations, Shawn McCollum, Director of Sales, and Debbie Grant, Director of Marketing and Business Services – will report to Papalia.

His 30-year tenure in the apparel cut and sew textile industry includes overseeing military and government contracts produced by 30 National Industries for the Blind affiliated not-for-profit-agencies, as well as directing quality and sourcing for the Jones New York/Jones Apparel Group and served as Vice-President of Manufacturing for Jo-Ann Apparel. Papalia currently serves as the IFAI Military Board Vice Chair and served as a SEAMS Association Board of Director member from 2011-2018.

“Jeff’s exceptional experience and knowledge in the cut and sew textile industry, including the manufacturing and general management of retail and military apparel and gear makes him ideally suited to help us foster the mission we have to be the most solution-oriented textile supplier to our diverse customer base,” said Amy Bircher, President and Founder of MMI Textiles.

“At MMI we take very seriously the core values and culture we have built over the past two decades; Jeff emulates all the traits and characteristics we look for in any new hire, assuring us that he is the right choice for this position,” said Bircher. “We look forward to his energy, his mindset and his leadership on the MMI team to achieve our immediate and long-term goals.”

“I am excited and inspired by MMI Textiles’ strong reputation as a premier supplier to the textile marketplace with a wide range of products for an equally wide range of industries and applications,” said Papalia. “And I am truly eager to be tasked with further growing the company’s capabilities, reputation and impact in the marketplace.”

Papalia most recently served with National Industries for the Blind (NIB). He joined NIB in 2006 as Senior Textile Engineer and was promoted in 2017 to Program Manager, Textiles. Previously, Papalia served as Director of Quality and Sourcing for the Jones New York/Jones Apparel Group Western Hemisphere locations. Papalia is Certified in Six Sigma Yellow Belt, Leading The Way Management Training, TruCost Engineering and Basics to Federal Contracting. Jeff holds his Bachelor of Science Degree in Apparel Management from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.