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ven before the COVID-19 pandemic,
every custom end-product manufacturer
faced some type of financial challenge.
Reduced or canceled orders, customer
attrition and market changes always
affect manufacturers' bottom lines. Another
commonality among manufacturers is their heavy
dependence on reliable equipment to design and
manufacture products that keep customers satisfied
and motivated to place additional orders.

Diamond Brand Gear chief operating officer Lauren
Rash uses one of the company's large-scale fabric
cutting machines to quickly create hundreds of patterns
to be sewn into PPE gowns. Photo: Diamond Brand Gear.

The markets that Creative Textile Solutions Ltd. in Halifax,
N.S., Canada, typically serves fluctuate depending on customer
requirements, seasonal conditions and unexpected situations. The
team at Creative Textile Solutions has realized that a quick response to
fluid market conditions is critical to success.
"Some areas increase, some decrease due to economic and market
conditions, and this is likely to continue as we find ourselves in
increasingly turbulent times," says Paul Aumento, president of
Creative Textile Solutions, a custom manufacturer of value-added
textile products including awnings and canopies, tarpaulins, custom
covers, environmental control products, bags and marine covers. The
company serves residential, commercial, industrial, marine, military
and government markets; it also offers finishing for display and
specialty fabric items and provides installation, design and repairs.
"We've always prided ourselves in being able to provide a quality
end product at competitive rates," Aumento says. "This approach has
provided us with sustained growth and market share for all our target
markets." For example, the growth of wide format digital printed
media has led to increased finishing of these wide-ranging products.
Increasing environmental awareness and the implementation of
strict guidelines also has increased the company's production of
environmental control products including turbidity (silt) curtains,
related filter bags and debris containment. To meet the needs of these
growing yet diverse markets, Creative Textile Solutions depends on
equipment that serves multiple purposes and increases efficiencies.
STREAMLINED OPERATION
"We pride ourselves on using the best materials and making products
that can be passed down. This is in line with our product ethos
and also reflects our passion for sustainability," says Bradlee Hicks,
marketing director at Diamond Brand Gear Co. "We want to see our
products enjoyed for a lifetime, not discarded."
Located in Asheville, N.C., Diamond Brand Gear manufacturers
Diamond Brand products like tents and travel bags, as well as contract
manufacturing products like helicopter and military equipment

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