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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.
PAUL AUMENTO, CREATIVE
TEXTILE SOLUTIONS

United Manufacturers specializes in manufacturing
safety skirts, including accordion-style safety skirts
for scissor lift tables. The company has seen an
upswing in demand for the safety skirts from food
manufacturers and distributors due to the COVID-19
pandemic. Photo: United Manufacturers.

Based in Chicago, Ill., Bearse USA
manufactures bags, packs, and other
sewn accessories for military, tactical
and outdoor equipment markets. Tom
Auer, president of Bearse, credits ongoing
innovation in fabrics as well as the
equipment and processes his team uses to
assemble quality products.
"For instance, laser cutting of textiles
has really grown in our industry," Auer
says. "This allows the end product to be
lighter and more durable."
Bearse utilizes CNC and laser cutters as
well as hundreds of sewing machines. "Our
machines fortunately have a pretty long
life when you take care of them, but it does
require continued reinvestment over time,"
Auer says. "Seam welding machines have
been on our radar lately. The challenge is
that it takes a lot of machines to produce in
high volume, and they are limited in the
types of textiles they can work with."
EVOLVING MARKETS
Industrial sewing markets are continuously
changing, requiring equipment that can
serve multiple purposes. Such is the case
at United Manufacturers Inc., Fond Du
Lac, Wis., according to president Jeff Faris.
United Manufacturers originally produced

camouflage for hunting and outdoors
stores; gym bags, gym uniforms, pencil
cases and bags for schools; wedding bridal
and bridesmaid gowns; wheelchair covers
and accessories; and lift table safety skirts.
"Recently, we expanded our production
to manufacture cloth filtered face masks
and hospital gowns to help aid in the
prevention of COVID-19 spread," Faris
says. "We expect the market to continue to
change as the health standards change with
more manufacturing brought back to the
U.S. from overseas."
United Manufacturers serves a wide
range of customers, from large global
manufacturers to small businesses and new
entrepreneurs. Among its specialties are
accordion-style lift table safety skirts and
bellows. These meet OSHA standards and
specifications for lift tables and scissor lift
machines in manufacturing facilities.
"There is an increase in orders due to
current economic demands," Faris says.
"For example, food manufacturers and
distribution centers, where our safety skirts
are used, are increasing capacity due to
American demand for products with the
current COVID-19 circumstances."
At Precision Technical Sewing (PTS)
LLC, Mountain Ranch, Calif., all products
meet engineered specifications and most
require specialized materials. These
include sewn parts for surgical robots,
covers for technical equipment, sewn
specialty parts for research equipment and
a variety of covers for the tech field.
"Many of our contracts are with
companies that are developing and
producing circuit boards, smart screens,
LED technology and solar tech," says
Lisa Rhody, production manager at
PTS. "Some of what we make aids in
manufacture, some is dedicated to
research and development."
The markets that PTS serves are
evolving all the time, which ultimately
leads to the need for adaptations in the
equipment used. The company uses a

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