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Henderson hosts DOC officials

OmniBloq™ passes rigorous testing

Miller Weldmaster adds RF welding

In January 2020, Henderson Sewing Machine
Co. Inc. hosted Bill Jackson, assistant U.S.
trade representative for textiles in the U.S.
Trade Representative's (USTR) office, and
Lloyd Wood, deputy secretary for textiles,
consumer goods and materials at the U.S.
Commerce Department, for a plant tour and
discussion on the company's commitment
to U.S. investment in the textile and sewn
products industries. Discussions were held
regarding an array of government policies and
priorities on topics like tariffs, automation in
the textile and sewn products industries and
workforce development.

After extensive testing, OmniBloq™, Bolger
& O'Hearn's high-powered, Stormproof/
Breathable™ durable water repellent (DWR),
has met all requirements to be used as a
DWR technology for STORM COTTON™
and STORM DENIM™ finishes. Recent
tests of OmniBloq conducted by Cotton
Inc. demonstrated that it meets the stringent
water repellence, breathability and durability
requirements necessary for apparel utilizing
these technologies.

Miller Weldmaster Corp., Navarre, Ohio,
will offer radio frequency welding solutions
to its customers in North America starting in
2020. Weldmaster has entered into a strategic
relationship with Zemat Technology Group,
the largest European manufacturer of radio
frequency machines. The new partnership
combines Miller Weldmaster's presence in
North America with Zemat's global reach
of technologically advanced machines.
Both companies will offer and co-develop
stationary, traveling and custom radio
frequency welding solutions.

Eastex and Gentug form alliance
Eastex Products Inc., a developer and supplier
of technical performance textiles and fabric
solutions, has formed a North American
sales and distribution alliance with health
care fabric manufacturer Gentug Textile. The
alliance will help Eastex diversify its global
supply chain and provide cost-effective textile
solutions. Gentug Textiles is a leading vertical
manufacturer of health care textiles used in
a variety of applications and environments,
including therapeutic medical support surfaces.

Polartec wins R&D 100 award
®

Polartec® received a 2019 R&D 100 Award
for Polartec Power Air™, the first fabric
technology engineered to reduce fiber
shedding. Polartec Power Air offers advanced
thermal efficiency by encapsulating lofted
fibers within a multilayer, continuous
yarn fabric construction. Insulation that
effectively regulates core body temperature
has traditionally been achieved via lofted or
high pile knit structures that hold warm air.
Initial versions of the fabric are proven to shed
at least five times less than other premium
mid-layer weight fabrics.

HYDRO_BOT to be commercialized
Myant Inc. and Osmotex AG have entered
into a joint venture for the commercialization
of Osmotex's HYDRO_BOT active membrane
technology across various textile-based applications. The integration of HYDRO_BOT
with Myant's existing portfolio of textilebased sensing and actuating capabilities opens
new possibilities across a range of domains
including sweat/moisture management and
thermal regulation. The combination of technologies is poised to improve the ability to
regulate body temperature in applications
such as protective gear and performance wear.

TenCate fabrics are OKEO-TEX® certified
TenCate Protective Fabrics family of products
for the fire service market is now OEKO-TEX®
certified. Certification to OKEO-TEX'S
STANDARD 100 has been completed for
TenCate Protective Fabrics' outer shells and
thermal liners. As of November 2019, TenCate
Protective Fabrics has been using products
and manufacturing processes that ensure
these fabrics meet the standard. In addition,
Tecasafe® Plus, available in both woven and
knit fabrics, is OEKO-TEX® certified. Tecasafe®
Plus is one of TenCate's best-performing fabrics
for flame-resistant stationwear and serves
thousands of wearers in the fire service.

Zünd opens new U.S. headquarters
Zünd America Inc. opened its new facilities
in Oak Creek, Wis., in November 2019.
Established in 2004 as a sister company
to Zünd Systemtechnik AG in Altstätten,
Switzerland, Zünd America has grown from
a handful of employees to more than 80 and
has tripled the total square footage of its
facilities to nearly 60,000. The new building
also reflects Zünd's environmental values and
incorporates high-efficiency glass panels and
HVAC, and building automation systems for
light, shade and temperature control.

New leadership for HLC Industries
HLC Industries Inc. announced its newly
elected board of directors. Vincent Salatino
will serve as president/CEO, Diane Murphy
will serve as secretary/treasurer/CFO, Hunter
Landau will serve as vice president/director
of operations, Marnie Landau will serve as
vice president/director of sales, and Stuart
Lundy will serve as assistant secretary. HLC
Industries, based in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., provides
textile solutions for parachutes, tactical gear
and military equipage, as well as fabrics used
in many commercial market areas.

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