Outdoor Venture Corporation acquires Sotera Engineered Solutions Division, will add 50 jobs in McCreary County
HERNDON, Va., October 21, 2014 – Sotera Defense Solutions (Sotera), a provider of mission-critical, technology-based systems, solutions and services for U.S. government programs, today announced that Outdoor Venture Corporation, a prime supplier and contractor of military tent systems, components and accessories to the U.S. Department of Defense, has purchased Sotera’s Engineered Solutions (ES) division. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Based in Easton, MD, the ES division delivers services and components for expeditionary systems such as field kitchens and sanitary equipment for the U.S. military. It represents a small legacy portion of Sotera’s overall business today.
“We would like to acknowledge the proud past and present achievements of the Engineered Solutions team in support of its U.S. military customers and combat missions,” said Deb Alderson, Chairman and CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions. “This transaction allows Sotera to become a leading pure play national security technology solutions provider focused on accelerating its growth in our customer’s critical national security, intelligence and law enforcement missions. Sotera’s strong recent business momentum is being driven by our long-term success in delivering superior solutions to our customers, which we have seen through a number of recent large prime contract wins. We have built a strong and growing pipeline of new opportunities and are very excited about how well positioned Sotera is for continued growth in the future.”
“Outdoor Venture is dedicated to serving our troops with essential field equipment, and this acquisition will enhance our ability to provide offerings, services and components to the U.S. Department of Defense,” said JC Egnew, President of Outdoor Venture Corporation. “Engineered Solutions has supported the military for decades and we look forward to working together to deliver for our customers.”
About Outdoor Venture Corporation
Since 1972, Outdoor Venture Corporation (OVC) has manufactured and supplied a wide range of products including tents, both commercial and military, sleeping bags, and hunting products. The company was also one of the first suppliers of automotive air bags in the United States. OVC has received numerous awards for innovative design changes resulting in millions of dollars of savings to the United States military procurement program. In 2012, OVC expanded its shelter market into the rigid wall shelters area through an acquisition of the assets of a company that manufactured steel insulated panels (SIPs). The SIPs (iPanel®) can be used for the construction of walls, floors, and roofs enabling buildings to be built stronger, faster, and more energy efficient (R Factor 24-27).
Over the next two years, OVC expects to create about 50 primarily engineering and manufacturing jobs in Stearns, KY.
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation helped OVC with the above acquisitions by providing transitional financing, technical assistance on how to structure the financing and general business acquisition expertise. It has worked with OVC since the company was founded more than 40 years ago by providing financing and other assistance.
About Sotera Defense Solutions
Sotera is a national security technology partner to the United States government known for its agility and innovative solutions that enable national security, intelligence and law enforcement missions. It focuses on delivering essential counterterrorism, cyber operations, intelligence, data analytics, C4ISR and force mobility solutions to the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and federal law enforcement agencies charged with ensuring America’s safety and security. The company, headquartered in Herndon, VA, has over 40 years of experience working with the U.S. government and employs an extensive talent pool of science and technology professionals.
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation, founded in 1968 to stimulate economic growth in nine counties in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, now serves 22 counties in the region and has created more than 18,000 jobs. For more information, visit http://www.khic.org.
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David Rigby’s New Advisory Services in Technical textiles and Industrial nNnwovens
David Rigby now provides personal advisory and consulting services to business owners, CEOs and senior managers in technical textiles and industrial nonwovens to help them to create a more profitable and sustainable future for their business.
His mentoring-based approach draws on 30 years’ experience of running his specialist strategic marketing consultancy David Rigby Associates (DRA). In the performance textile sector over this period he has been involved in 167 projects for 109 clients in 23 countries. He also led the DRA team which published eight reports forecasting world markets for both technical textiles and nonwoven end-use products and their various fibre and fabric components.
Strategic development roadmaps, product/market focus, technology and innovation, motivation and leadership, team-working, business structure and M&A are common topics for discussion in David’s work with client companies.
Please contact David if you would like to discuss how he might be able to help you and your business.
David will be attending Techtextil in Frankfurt from 11-13 June where would be happy to meet people by prior arrangement. Contact at the show can be made via the UKTF stand 3.1 D75.
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INDA Announces IDEA13 Achievement Award Winners
Entrepreneur and Lifetime Achievement Award winners also presented
CARY, NC – April 24, 2013 — The prestigious IDEA13 Achievement Awards were presented during a special ceremony at IDEA13, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition, held April 22-25, 2013, in Miami Beach, Florida. The famed Entrepreneur Award and Lifetime Achievement Award were also presented.
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry organizer of IDEA13, once again partnered with Nonwovens Industry magazine on the Awards. The IDEA13 Achievement Awards are presented to the best new products during the last three years, in the following five categories: Equipment, Raw Materials, Roll Goods, Short-Life End Product and Long-Life End Product.
The five winners are:
IDEA13 Machinery/Equipment Achievement Award:
ITW Dynatec: Surge Adhesive Applicator
IDEA13 Fibers/Raw Materials Achievement Award:
Sandler AG: Bio Textile Bio-wipes Substrate
IDEA13 Roll Goods Achievement Award:
Hollingsworth & Vose: NanoWave® Filtration Media
IDEA13 Short-Life Converted Product Achievement Award:
ITW Dymon: Raptor Safe-T® Wipe (Substance Activated Fast Evaluation Technology)
IDEA13 Long-Life Converted Product Achievement Award:
Hunter Douglas: DuoTone Honeycomb Window Shade
“I would like extend my thanks and appreciation to all of this year’s winners and finalists. Their products were chosen by the industry as the best new products in the last three years and I believe each one is a testament to the innovative spirit that is so much a part of our industry, says Dave Rousse, INDA President.
In addition, the IDEA13 Entrepreneur Achievement Award was presented to Suominen Nonwovens. The recipient of this Award was selected by Nonwovens Industry Magazine. “Suominen Nonwoven’s bold step to transform their organization and reposition to serve a growing wipes market displayed the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that warranted this award,” says Matt Carey, Publisher Nonwovens Industry Magazine.
The IDEA13 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Rory Holmes, past President of INDA. New INDA President, Dave Rousse, recognized the accomplishments of Mr. Holmes during the award presentation. “Rory has had many outstanding achievements over his long and successful career. From his long tenure at Johnson & Johnson to PGI/Chicopee and most recently as my predecessor at INDA, he has given his all to this industry. I would like to take the opportunity to thank him for the exemplary job he has done over the past nine years at INDA. Rory has made so many contributions to help advance our industry during his career and this Lifetime Achievement Award is in appreciation for his dedication and service,” says Rousse.
The complete list of finalists in the five categories for the IDEA13 Achievement Awards:
Converted Products (Short-Life)
1. Ecovative: Ecovative Mushroom® Packaging
2. ITW Dymon: Raptor Safe-T® Wipe (Substance Activated Fast Evaluation Technology)
3. Rockline Industries: Bissell® Stomp ‘N Go® Stain Lifting Pads
Converted Product (Long-life)
1. Desa Co.: Technology 3DESA (3D Economical System of Aspiration)
2. First Line Technology: FiberTect® Composite Substrate
3. Hunter Douglas: DuoTone Honeycomb Window Shade
1. ITW Dynatec: Surge Adhesive Applicator
2. Nordson®: Allegro™ Elastic Attachment Nozzle
3. Xanofi: XanoShear™ Nanofiber Machine
1. Dow Chemical: Infuse™ OBC Elastomer
2. Dow Chemical: Rhoplex™ Econext™ Binders
3. Sandler AG: Bio Textile Bio-wipes Substrate
1. Bonar: Colback® Face to Face Primary Carpet Backing
2. Hollingsworth & Vose: NanoWave® Filtration Media
3. Technical Absorbents (Bluestar Fibres): KoolSorb Fabric
For information on IDEA16, the International Engineered Fabrics Conference and Exposition, April 11-14, 2016, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Florida USA: www.inda.org.
INDA and EDANA Join Forces to Promote Free and Fair Trade Globally
Efforts will benefit nonwoven companies worldwide
April 23, 2013, Cary, NC and Brussels, Belgium. The two global nonwovens associations, EDANA and INDA announced today they are joining efforts to promote the free and fair trade of Nonwovens globally starting with an active role in the upcoming US-European Union (EU) Free Trade Agreement negotiations. As a start, EDANA will volunteer Nonwovens for “fast track” elimination of the current 4.3% tariff on nonwoven imports into the EU from the US. There currently are no tariffs on EU Nonwovens coming into the US.
“A large number of our member companies operate globally today or will in the near future. Creating a level playing field on tariffs will benefit them greatly as they expand globally,” says Dave Rousse, INDA President. “For the good of the industry and as a matter of policy, EDANA believes in free and fair trade and is willing to volunteer for elimination the current tariff on Nonwovens coming from the US. And there are a number of other countries with high tariffs on Nonwovens that we can address as well,” says Pierre Wiertz, EDANA General Manager.
Responding to the rapidly expanding global nature of the Nonwovens industry, the associations will work together to aggressively advocate policy changes that will enhance nonwoven trade between countries. To help guide their efforts, EDANA and INDA will form an International Trade & Trends Advisory Board (T&T Board) composed of Governmental Affairs representatives from both associations and include representatives from each association’s member companies.
Besides tariffs, this group will also work on a proper classification of Nonwovens for trade purposes. Most, but not all nonwovens, as defined by the global industry with reference to ISO 9092, are currently classified under section XI (Textiles and textile articles), chapter 56, heading 56.03 of the Harmonized System. This classification is grossly outdated, inadequate and insufficiently flexible. In many countries, textiles are an important industry which has historically requested customs duties to protect domestic manufacturers. However, some of these countries do not have a robust Nonwovens industry to protect, yet Nonwovens get snared in the protective tariff policy. As a result, a separate trade classification of Nonwovens, in their own category or as an Engineered Fabric, will be another objective of the T&T Board.
“INDA and EDANA member companies represent a large share of the world’s nonwoven output. By working together, we can help our members’ business as well as support the growth of the entire nonwovens industry,” says Pierre Wiertz, EDANA General Manager. “Though we have worked closely together over the years on a variety of issues, I am particularly excited about this deeper coordination of our efforts to expand nonwoven trade globally,” says Dave Rousse, INDA President.
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry doing business globally. Since 1968, INDA networking events have helped members connect, innovate and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies. For more information visit www.inda.org.
EDANA helps its members to design their future, serving more than 235 companies in the nonwovens and related industries, across 37 countries. Its mission is to create the foundation for sustainable growth of the nonwovens and related industries through active promotion, education and dialogue. Information about upcoming events can be found at www.edana.org.
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The election of new members to the Board of Directors highlighted INDA’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference
CARY, N.C. — April 2, 2013 — INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, recently elected seven new members to the INDA Board of Directors. The new appointments were confirmed at INDA’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference held February 25-27, 2013 at the Umstead Hotel, Cary, North Carolina USA.
The new Board of Directors members are Thomas Marth, Vice President Sales, Nonwoven Solutions, LLC; Renita Anderson, Director of Marketing, IMERYS Performance Minerals; Don Brown, Area Sales Manager, Bonar, Inc.; Christophe Guillaumot, General Sales Manager, Glatfelter Gatineau Ltd.; Jenny Dobmeier, Filtration Business Manager, Johns Manville Corporation; John Rank, Director Sales & Marketing NA, Spuntech Industries, Inc.; and Chris Peart, VP – Sales & Development, HDK Industries, Inc. Board of Director members serve a three-year term.
Commenting on the recent appointments, Dave Rousse, President of INDA, said, “INDA is pleased to add this level of talent, industry and business expertise to its Board of Directors. I, as well as the rest of the INDA Team, look forward to their counsel and guidance. We always welcome having such a diverse group of individuals on our Board of Directors and appreciate their unique perspectives.” Rousse continued, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing Board of Director members. They were invaluable to the success of INDA during their tenure.”
The outgoing Board of Directors members are Bill Casey, Senior VP Advanced Nonwovens, Ahlstrom Nonwovens LLC; Mark Ruday, VP Fibers, DAK Americas; Mike Budai, Coating and Lamination Manager, ITW Dynatec; and Bob Dale, VP Global Segment Manager Wipes & Filtration, PGI.
The Leadership Conference segment of the meeting featured two speakers addressing topics recently highlighted by INDA as potential “game-changers” to the nonwovens industry. Chuck Carr from IHS presented in detail the looming boom in North American refineries of natural gas and the potential impacts on pricing in North America of polypropylene and polyethylene resins. Michael Colopy, an expert on the Far East, discussed possible scenarios resulting from the recent leadership changes in China, soon to be the largest manufacturer and consumer of nonwoven products.
The INDA 2014 Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference will be held March 10-12, 2014 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida USA.
INDA is the leading global association of the nonwoven fabrics industry. Since 1968, INDA has provided a variety of industry focused networking events to help members increase sales and market share. INDA is the nonwoven industry’s premier source for market leading education, global forecasts, testing standards and trend reports which provide members the information and knowledge to better plan and execute their business. Through its on-the-ground efforts in Washington DC, INDA provides members a strong voice within government on topics that affect the nonwovens industry. For more information visit www.inda.org.
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Tokyo, Japan, December 14, 2012 – Taiyo Kogyo Corporation and Hiraoka & Co. Ltd. have announced the launch of a new radiation-reducing membrane material called “RaProTex™.” The material has been developed with the aim of reducing transmission of radiation harmful to human beings.
The expected applications include decontamination bags for soil and ash containing low-level radioactive substances, or sheets to cover the piled bags, and tent structures for temporary storage of contaminated materials. Other possible applications include dividers of the work place from outer environment in low-level radiation areas, contributing to an enhanced work environment.
Taiyo and Hiraoka started development work of the new radiation-reducing material last spring. The companies completed development in November 2012 after various validation tests.
RaProTex is the shortened name of “Radiation Protection Textile.” The material is composed of a polyester base fabric coated with substances with radiation shielding effects including barium sulfate (the same substances used in materials designed for protection from X-rays during abdominal examinations) and vinyl chloride resin.
RaProTex is more cost-efficient compared to conventional products of other companies which utilize lead and rare metals. It has excellent flexibility and workability and can be folded compactly and brought onto the site easily, which makes it useful in projects where only limited space is available for installation. The material can be welded with ordinary welding machines commonly used to form various types of membrane structures. RaProTex used in a structure is as weather-resistant as construction tents, and can have an outdoor product life of approximately 10 years.
A unique feature of RaProTex membrane material is that it prevents water permeation and therefore is ideal for containment of materials contaminated with radioactive substances such as soil and ash. In addition, on the assumption that it may be laid out directly on the ground for some applications, RaProTex contains a rat repellant not harmful to humans in order to prevent outflow of the content due to destructive rat bites in the material.[i]
RaProTex is expected to cost 2 to 4 times higher than conventional fabric materials used in membrane structures. Taiyo Kogyo plans to make various proposals that will suit the needs of clients, especially in the Tohuku Region, and to promote a broader range of applications.
To satisfy different qualities required by the market, three types of RaProTex are available (Types A to C). The one with the highest performance (2.1 mm thick and 4.5 kg/m2 in weight) can block approximately 78 % of X rays and 2 % of γ rays. If you use the material in multiple layers, it will enable further reduction of radiation.
X ray blocking rate
γ ray blocking rate
*1) Calculated based on radiation transmission rate for X ray at tube voltage of 100kV.
*2) Calculated based on radiation transmission rate for Cesium 137 radiation source (662keV).
*3) The value for 1 sheet is calculated by dividing the measured value for 10 sheets by 10.
About Taiyo Kogyo Corporation and Hiraoka & Co., Ltd.
Taiyo Kogyo Corporation is an international manufacturer of membrane-structures, with Head office in Osaka, Japan. The company chairman and president is Kotaro Nomura. Since its establishment in 1922, it has developed various value added products with its own unique technology, and has played an active part in wide fields including architecture, civil engineering and distribution. It is a global company with its brand name “MakMax”, having sales offices in 13 countries and regions in the world.
Hiraoka & Co., Ltd., is one of the largest manufacturer of tent sheet fabric, established in 1902, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The company president is Yashiaki Hiraoka. Hiraoka is specialized in manufacturing various fabrics combining base fiber material and polymeric material. It supplies a wide range of products for various applications mainly on industrial use. The company is valued as a pioneer in the industry in Japan for its high technological strength.
 Patent has been applied for jointly by Taiyo Kogyo and Hiraoka & Co., Ltd.
 Patent has been applied for jointly by Taiyo Kogyo and Hiraoka & Co., Ltd.
 Cesium 137, a substance reported to have caused problem at the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is related to y rays.
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January 18-19: Tent Conference 2018, Mesa Ariz., USA
January 19-20: NECPA Annual Convention 2018, Worcester, Mass., USA
January 23-24: The International Conference on Composites for Performance in Sports and Recreation, Long Beach, Calif., USA
January 23-26: 40th SHOT Show, Las Vegas, Nev., USA
January 24-26: ASTM D35 Geosynthetices Committee, New Orleans, La., USA
January 21-23: Intersec 2018, Dubai. U.A.E.
January 25-27: 2018 Marine Fabricators Conference, Savannah, Ga., USA
January 25-28: Outdoor Retailer + Snow Show, Denver, Colo., USA
Click here to view the complete technical textiles events calendar that includes show information links.
In October at the IFAI Expo 2017, I had the opportunity to sit down with -- at the time -- incoming Glen Raven CEO Leib Oehmig for an interview that has now been posted on the Textile World website and will also be in their printed November/December issue.
I've known Mr. Oehmig for probably more than 20 years and have watched his steady management progression within the Glen Raven organization. During the interview, he was very gracious with his time at a busy show and transparent in answering questions on a far-ranging number of topics including the management transition from Alan Gant, Jr., to Mr. Oehmig, the first non-Gant family member to lead Glen Raven. Click here to read the interview and learn more about the thoughts of one of our industry leaders.
As the saying goes "Politics make strange bedfellows." Today we find more than one-third of the Senate Democrats urging the inclusion of key amendments in the US FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (2018 NDAA) that would strengthen the US government's "Buy American" policies.
Versions of the NDAA were recently passed by both the Senate and House and a joint committee is working out a single bill. The submitted Senate version, however, left out proposed key amendments designed to prevent the weakening of domestic sourcing for the US military. One amendment included the prevention for lifting of the restrictions in place for domestic sourcing of wearable electronic products and another amendment prevents certain exceptions to the Berry Amendment which would allow non-domestic sourcing through memoranda of agreement with foreign governments.
What's the "strange bedfellows" aspect? Well, "Buy American" is also one of the key positions taken by the Trump administration. So, we have both the Democrats and the Trump administration on the same side, trying to keep strong the US domestic capability for supplying the military. Strange bedfellows given the current political animosity in Washington...but still the cooperation is vital for the US domestic textile industry.
Posted November 3, 2017
Since last August, the US Navy has been planning to phase out its iconic traditional wool peacoat in favor of a less expensive, synthetic cold weather parka which is lighter in weight and more versatile in types of inclement weather. It actually replaces two types of coats and the seabag the wool coat is stored.
The wool coat, however, has some powerful friends in the US Congress. Companies such as Northwest Woolen Mills in Woonsocket, R.I. and Sterlingware in Boston, Mass. Altogether, the supply chain involved in the manufacture of these woolen peacoats -- including sheep farmers -- is estimated to account for 400 jobs in the Northeast. Add to the drama that the new parka, made by the long-time military supplier Propper, is expected to be manufactured in Puerto Rico, a perceived feeling the new coat will be made by non-American workers. Read more...
June 29. 2017
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released President Trump's 2017 Trade Policy Agenda. The document, officially called 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program, outlines the new Administration’s four trade priorities:
BeaverLake6 Report has created a special page within this website and placed the first chapter of the 336-page document which summarizes the policy. Click here to read it. Posted March 2, 2017
Back on March 24, 2016, I was one of the first to predict the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement was a dead deal. In fact, I said that I wouldn’t be surprised that, if Donald Trump became President, the agreement is shredded on day one of his new administration. Well, I was off by three days. Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, officially withdrawing the United States from the TPP agreement. Now the question is can the National Council of Textile Organizations put together a comprehensive plan for the domestic textile industry in a post-TPP era? Click here to read the rest. Posted January 25, 2017
There are literally dozens of market reports for the many market sections and subsections within the technical textiles industry. In 2017, BeaverLake6 Report will be introducing a few of these reports to our viewers. The first report being features is The Future of Spcialty Geosynthetics to 2021. It was developed by Smithers Apex, a market research firm based in the United Kingdom.
In exchange for the promotion, Smithers Apex agreed to write an exclusive expanded executive summary of the market report for our readers. Click here to view the market summary. Posted January 9, 2017
2016 China Textile Innovation Conference, as an annual summit of industry innovation, was held in Beijing on December 12th, 2016. The conference, themed on “New Opportunity, New Advantages, New Vitality” – Stepping Towards a Textile Power, comprehensively summarized the industry innovation achievements and explored the new advantages in development in order to grasp the strategic opportunity of the new round of industrial changes. BeaverLake6 Report is pleased to present a report on the conference via our partnership with China Textile magazine. Please click here. Posted December 21, 2016
Domestic PFD Manufacturer's Application for FTZ Additional Production Authority Riles Textile Industry Trade Associations. There is a nasty fight taking place these past few months behind the closed doors of Room 48019 at the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington, D.C. The room is the office of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board. The fight pits domestic technical textile industry suppliers and a coalition of textile-trade associations against a fairly large domestic end-product cut-and-sew manufacturer. Click here to read the story.
In 2015, I posted more than 425 items of interest for our industry on the BeaverLake6 Report website. In reviewing it all last week, it got me to thinking about putting together a list of influential events, news and trends that I observed during the past year. I have focused primarily on the US marketplace but each of “the things that mattered” to me has global implications.
So, here go my thoughts in no particular order of importance. Let me know if you agree or if I have missed some. Click here to read the list.
Posted January 17, 2016
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