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Women in Textiles Summit engages
and inspires virtually
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nspiring, engaging, empowering,
collaborative and fun are just a few of the
words that participants used to describe
IFAI's recent Women in Textiles Summit.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the
annual event for established and emerging
leaders took place March 4-5, 2021, on
a virtual platform with the enthusiastic
participation of more than 100 attendees.
Event emcees, Apurba Banerjee of
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
and Rachal McCarthy of NTI Global,
guided the event to encourage audience
interaction throughout a variety of
education and networking sessions.
Kim Glas, president and CEO of the National
Council of Textile Organizations
Industry news
IFAI Expo 2021 registration is now open. This
year marks the 100th in-person anniversary
of IFAI Expo and the first ever co-located
IFAI Expo with Messe Stuttgart's new U.S.based
show Sun Shading Expo North
America. Taking place Nov. 2-4, at Music
City Center in Nashville, Tenn., IFAI Expo
2021 will be bigger and better than ever.
Offering world-class education and 300plus
exhibitors, it provides the opportunity
to build connections and speak directly with
hundreds of unique companies about their
products and services. For more information
or to register, visit www.ifaiexpo.com.
Fasnap has completed an expansion at its
Elkhart, Ind., corporate facilities. The new
manufacturing space is 5,370 square feet
larger and offi ce space has increased by
6,000 square feet. Warehousing for distribution
is one-third larger and stocked with
Fasnap products. Combined with two additional
branch locations in Orlando, Fla., and
Anaheim, Calif., Fasnap provides fastening
device solutions to more than 60 markets.
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(NCTO) presented the education session
" Leading the Change " and discussed how
individuals can advocate for themselves
and their careers. Lucy Dunne, professor
and co-director of the Wearable
Technology Lab and director of the apparel
design program at the University
of Minnesota, detailed changes in textiles
and sew products, and Paige Mullis,
brand director at Glen Raven Inc., spoke
about building a culture of innovation
within businesses.
Roundtable discussions, wellness
breaks and even a game of trivia accomplished
what can be difţĆÉicult in a virtual
setting-bringing people together.
According to attendee Andrea Lynn of
Dan Hooks, CERP, president and CEO of
Party Reflections, Charlotte, N.C., has
been installed as the 59th president of the
board of directors for the American Rental
Association (ARA). Hooks will assume a
key role on behalf of the association as an
offi cer and lead ARA's executive committee.
He brings years of experience with a focus
in party and event rental to his position on
the board, which consists of four offi cers and
15 directors.
Trivantage has moved to a larger distribution
facility in St. Louis, Mo., that will allow the
company to better serve customers with
increased capacity at more than 62,000
square feet, six loading docks for customer
will-call and shipments, and improved
parking. The location will house increased
inventory levels, new racking and handling
equipment, and up-to-date Wi-Fi technology
for enhanced order effi ciency.
Colorado Yurt Company has hired Chris
Nance as director of product. Nance will
lead product development, improvement
and innovation as the company focuses on
strategic growth opportunities and customer
connections to the outdoors.
Herculite Products Inc., an innovator and
manufacturer of high performance and
custom fabrics, has hired Geoff Nichols as
manager of business development. Nichols
has years of sales, business development
and manufacturing experience in lamination,
extrusion and the printing industries.
Ultrafl ex Systems Inc. has hired Debbie Rex
as its northeastern territory sales manager.
Rex has years of experience in the graphics
and wide format industry selling both
consumables and equipment. Her tenure in
the wide format industry brings invaluable
knowledge and understanding to help guide
customers with application-driven solutions.
http://www.ifaiexpo.com

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