ARTBA petitions USDOT to end federal rule blocking the use of innovative products in highway and bridge projects

May 22, 2018

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced it had formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to repeal a 102-year-old federal procurement rule the group says has blocked, since its inception, the use of products that could improve safety and quality on the nation’s major roadways. At issue is 23 CFR 635.411, …

AASHTO announces passing of Kane

May 21, 2018

On May 18, 2018, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced the death of Dr. Anthony R. “Tony” Kane, the former director of engineering and technical services of AASHTO. Kane died last week after battling a long illness. He was 72. Kane served in his role at AASHTO from 2001 to …

GMA and FGI to host part 2 of a webinar on the stability of geosynthetic lined slopes

May 15, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), in collaboration with the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI), will present the second of this two-part, free webinar series on May 31, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will discuss the importance of geosynthetic interface strengths on slope stability, when to use peak and residual geosynthetic interface strengths, how to …

Layfield Australia becomes exclusive Australian distributor for Seaman XR Geomembranes

May 14, 2018

Layfield Australia along with the Seaman Corp. announced May 11, 2018, that both parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishing Layfield as the exclusive distributor of Seaman’s XR® Geomembrane product line in Australia. Both companies have shared a mutually beneficial relationship in North America for more than 25 years, with Layfield fabricating and …

The Cutting Room

May 9, 2018

June 12, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$79.00 for Nonmembers The presenters will cover four components used in a cutting room: digitizing, cutting, material handling and ROI. Learn what applications are best suited for full automation and how to implement them and increase your product volumes. Presenters Truy Pham Autometrix Inc. Truy “Tree” …

Selling Quality Over Price

June 20, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$75.00 for Nonmembers Learn about increasing your bottom line and how to encourage your clients to upgrade to better quality materials. Find out how upselling reflects company image, leads to future referrals and produces long-lasting products.   Presenter Dave Callahan Granite State Cover & Canvas Inc. …

IFAI opens registration for GeoDallas conference

May 8, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has opened registration for GeoDallas, presented by the Geosynthetics 2019 Conference, to be held in Dallas, Texas, Oct. 16–17, 2018. GeoDallas is supported by the Geosynthetic Materials Association and Geosynthetics magazine. GeoDallas provides geosynthetics professionals the opportunity to learn from short courses, panel discussions, case studies and training lectures. Additionally, …

IFAI Smart Fabrics Summit displays growth and innovation in Washington, D.C.

May 2, 2018

The second edition of Smart Fabrics Summit, cohosted by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and the U.S. Department of Commerce, demonstrated the advancements happening in this fast-growing segment of the textile industry. A capacity crowd of public and private experts and innovators filled the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center for the daylong …

USDOT launches BUILD Transportation program and announces $1.5 billion Notice of Funding Opportunity

April 30, 2018

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on April 25, 2018, published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. USDOT said, BUILD Transportation grants replace the preexisting Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program. …

Fair trade: imports, tariffs and the textile industry

April 24, 2018

In August 2017, the President formally instructed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to determine whether to launch a 301 investigation of “laws, policies, practices, or actions of the Government of China that may be unreasonable or discriminatory and that may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development.” After deciding …