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FEATURE

by Amy Goetzman

E

verything's on the move. As
economies expand around the
world and gross domestic product
rises, more commodities-food and other
consumer goods, building materials, heavy
machinery, chemicals, military equipment,
clean drinking water and every other
product needed by people somewhere
other than where it's produced-must get
from point A to point B without damage,
contamination or loss.
STORAGE BY DESIGN
Cargo control and shipping is a constantly
changing market for the textile industry,
and products are rapidly evolving to
take advantage of new technologies
and materials. In many cases, design
innovation is being done by companies
that have been in the business for decades.
Carolina CoverTech, North Augusta,
S.C., began operations in 1858 as a
furniture shipping company. Canvas-based
padding, protection and coverings were
the industry standard at the time. Today,
the company continues to offer industrial
sewing craftsmanship, and still makes
some canvas-based products-including
a traditional canvas wagon cover for a
historical reenactment. However, the
company's modern shipping products
are constructed from a range of newer
materials, including nylon, plastic-based
substrates, rubber, urethane and vinyl.
Shipping products include bulkheads,
covers for cable reels, container dividers
and cargo dividers used in refrigerated
trucks. The company has in-house printing

capabilities and can customize materials
with logos or images. Products such as
containers for agricultural chemicals and
berms to contain liquids depend on highly
durable and impermeable textiles such as
reinforced PVC.
"We make a lot of products that are
designed to hold liquids or air, such
as inflatable bumpers that are used to
protect sheets of glass during shipping,
and many containment products used by
the oil industry, such as environmental
protection barriers used in the fracking
process," says co-owner Rian True. The
products are heat-sealed using an RF
welding process that protects seams and
corners from leaks or stress. According
to True, the critical nature of many of

Tarps specifically designed for snow
removal made quick work of cleaning
large amounts of snow during
construction to expand the Chinook
Center Mall in Calgary, Alberta,
Canada. Photo: BWI Enterprises Ltd.

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