Celebrating 10 Years as Jason Mills LLC

Jason Mills LLC, a New Jersey based textile convertor will celebrate its 10 year anniversary this month as a provider of knit, industrial textiles. Incorporated originally in 1976, the current incarnation was purchased in 2007 by long time employee Michael Lavroff. We have grown and changed in many ways since those early days of manufacturing fabrics for laundry bags.

Materials are going through tectonic changes with the growth and use of nano textiles. The goals, and ultimately the mission of the company today is to harness the power of these changes and apply them in practical manners to best supply the industries we serve.

Combining product design and engineering along with finishes and inherent fibers are the key drivers for the company’s expansion into areas such as personal/occupational safety, automotive, aeronautical and healthcare textiles.

Our objective is to continue to improve upon current processes and materials so that corporations with fabric needs – both now and in the future – will have a supplier-partner to turn to. To borrow the mantra from Apple, we want to be where the puck is going, not where it’s been.

The next ten years are right around the corner. We’ll see you there.

June 2017: Showtime Pt I

TTNA 2017

 Rt 66 begins in Chicago and stretches southwest to California. We are way past the days when Martin Milner drove his Corvette down that road looking for adventure, but in less than two months Jason Mills LLC will travel to Chicago to display our materials at the annual trade show called Techtextil. We will not have time to explore the beginning of that legendary highway, as we will have our own business adventure.

There is no Corvette, just United Airlines taking us into the windy city. Jason Mills, LLC will display from June 20th through June 22nd. If you are interested in a show pass please contact us at info@JasonMills.com by June 1st.  We are offering these show floor passes to anyone who would like to meet with us to discuss our line of knit, industrial fabrics.

The great thing about Tectextil is that it attracts a specific technology driven attendee base, which of course is right where we want to be with our Innovative, Performance and Quality driven products. Using combinations of yarns and finishes Jason Mills has developed and placed materials for use in markets as varied as healthcare, aeronautical and outdoor retail. Water repellency, softness, stretch, fire resistance are just a few of the attributes that our materials offer.We look forward to meeting both old and new customers next month at McCormick Center. Please stop by booth #1021 to say hello, or better yet reach out to us now to schedule an appointment

Reintroduction

7400

Style 7400P – Mop Headband Mesh

3400

Style 3400 – Rugged Nylon

Materials come and materials go but sometimes those that have been in the rearview mirror for years have a rebirth. Such is the case of Jason Mills styles 7400P and 3400. Why and when particular sku’s find a new use is a matter of luck, happenstance, design or a combination of all three issues. Ours is not to wonder why, ours is to produce and meet market demand.

The 7400P style was initially conceived as a polyester version for baseball cap “trucker mesh” (note the original P suffix). In time, varied uses included small plane wing protection against ice, soft sided luggage pocketing and its current incarnation as a key component in the manufacturing of mop heads for commercial and retail markets. Specifically, it is what the industry calls the headband portion of the mop; a 5” abrasive piece that sits on top where the strands gather.

Mops, like other commodity items have been caught in the vortex of cost control and savings, in other words, a race to the bottom. This basically means that all aspects of the components have been made cheaper and cheaper, so much so that the headband that is in vogue – prior to our reintroduction- is currently being doubled to ensure that it will work. Well, here’s some news, we choose not to participate in this race and have produced a headband, available in five different colors, that restores integrity to the manufacturing of mops for the sanitation and supply industry.  Designed as a single layer application and constructed using mid-high tenacity yarns and an acrylic finish designed to enhance longevity.  We encourage all manufacturers of mops (and anybody else who is looking for abrasive materials) to reach out to us for samples and pricing.
What do you do if you have a beautiful fabric that falls out of fashion?  Don’t give up! Style 3400 was once sold to the likes of Jansport and Patagonia but as the manufacturing of outdoor products headed east (way east to Vietnam and China) so did the sew house demand for our high quality, 100% nylon, US made (knit dyed and finished in the US using imported yarn) diminished and eventually stopped, but then something happened to this fabric on its way to obsolescence:  the need for high end bags for use in the healthcare field.

Using a combination of nylon yarns, designed for consistent colors, we are actively producing this in tan and black. We welcome anybody who is the market for a top notch outdoor retail material, indoor technical material or rugged luggage lining/pocketing to contact us for samples and pricing.
So yes, what was once past is indeed prologue. We look forward to hearing from you to discuss these and our full line of US made products (knit dyed, and finished in the US using yarns of both import and domestic origin).

Where We’ve Been

In business, there are weeks and months where the routine is just that, routine. The sales department follows up on inquiries and sniffs out new leads; the marketing department’s focus is to continue to push for greater recognition and influence in new and varied markets (“what is the need for animal transport slings”?) and ownership works with finance to keep a healthy bottom line. These are business fundamentals; do it correctly and repetitively and everybody succeeds.

There are times when the routine changes, dramatically. That is when the sales and management teams hit the road; which is where we’ve been in January. Coming out of the holidays allowed for final preparations for four shows in two weeks: Las Vegas for SHOT, Atlantic City for Pool and Spa and Orlando for PGA Merchandise and Tent Expo.
SHOT (Shooters, Hunters and Outdoor Trades) offered a one day supplier exhibit showcase. This allowed for suppliers such as Jason Mills to display materials that are used by the manufacturers to produce products such as tents, tactical vests, back backs. The Jason Mills contribution to that supply chain includes materials such as mosquito netting (style 417), no see um netting (style 413), tactical mesh (styles 1992 and 1998) and spacer mesh (styles 101, 201, 301, 601 and 701).

NESPA (also known as the Northeast Pool and Spa Association) was a show we walked. Respecting the process of the trade show; those displaying are there to sell, not be sold to, we nevertheless picked up several new leads in the end use materials for skimmer nets (styles 65, 1926, 8610 and 2495), filtration (styles 3333 and 513), and flotation devices (styles 280 and 65).

Lastly, held concurrently but at separate locations, the PGA Merchandise show (along with the Tent Expo) offered us an opportunity to show our newest products for the world of high definition impact screens for golf simulation. We have been in development here on what we consider cutting edge material for indoor golf retail. To wit, a single layer, front impact screen material that can withstand thousands of close range impact shots and yet not destruct for many, many months was the ultimate goal. We have developed not one, but two such materials (styles 1920 and 801). The response to these two fabrics was very positive. Our target is to have both of these materials out in the marketplace in force by early March.

If you missed us at any of these shows, and if these materials- as well as any of our other US based product line is of interest please contact us at info@JasonMills.com for samples, pricing and more data or visit our website, www.JasonMills.com. We look forward to seeing you at our next trade show.

Fall 2016: On the Road

Fall 2016: On the Road

The fall months bring football, baseball playoffs, hockey, basketball, apple picking and beautiful foliage. It also brings about the travel season for the textile industry. In the next two months we will be attending trade shows concerning safety, sanitation and supply in Anaheim and Chicago and displaying at the Industrial Fabrics Association Expo in Charlotte.

Our first stop is Anaheim, CA, about a mile or so from Disneyland, the convention center opens its doors to the best in personal safety protection at the National Safety Show. We will be walking that show. Our interest in that area lies in cut resistant fabrics, high visibility materials, spacer for fall protection harnesses and virtually anything we can manufacture to provide the newest and best product to the manufacturer. Currently, Jason Mills manufactures a cut resistant nylon product; the end use is for protective sleeves that handlers wear in the glass industry. We sell thousands of yards a month of this material to producers and sewers of these sleeves and aprons as well. This material is always in a constant state of development as we strive to improve cut resistance through the use of new and interesting fibers and yarns.

From Anaheim we jet back to the east coast for our flagship event in Charlotte, NC. Being held October 19th – 21st, the IFAI Expo is a gathering of peers, customers, suppliers and competitors. We prepare for this event for many months. We can’t underestimate the importance of these three days. Venues such as these put us face to face with 50 to 70 potential new accounts and allow us to display new products such as our inherently anti-microbial patient slings and our water resistant mosquito/no-see-um net. These new materials are in addition to the 50+ materials that are part of our stock line.

Finally, we finish the month of October in Chicago. The ISSA/InterClean show is a gathering of the leaders in the sanitation and supply industry. With a heavy focus on anti-microbial finishes and other advance methods in bacterial minimization, this is a great venue to walk and identify textiles needs for the many manufacturers.

It’s a busy season. We look forward to it. Busy trade show seasons bring busy sales seasons.

See you on the road.

July – The Heat is On!

“Ninety in the shade” is paradise when the heat of an old time textile plant gets cranking in the summer. Fortunately here in the US, modern plants offer some relief through proper machine ventilation and material advances in construction. Still, you hear stories today of plants that get so hot at the ceiling that the sprinkler system gets triggered and that the average daily temperature on the floor hovers between 100 – 110 degrees F.

Anecdotal tales aside, the heat of summer presents very real challenges not only to personnel but to material as well. For example, nylon by its nature will expand in the heat by sucking up humidity, thus causing the fibers to swell. One of the consequences of this action is material treated with heavy acrylic resins for stiffness will have almost a wet, slightly soft feel. The really odd thing is that this is not always apparent immediately out of production. The material may feel that it has met the required hand standard but unless it is moved to a cool, dry environment it will immediately begin to suck up moisture.

So what are the answers here? How do you prevent your QC staff from doing “high fives” on a perfect stiff finish and then have a customer call you five days later asking you if you had gloves on when you checked the hand? Incidentally, checking for hand or proper stiffness/softness is still done by subjective feel. There is no magic machine that will say, “YES, THIS IS CORRECT”. This is where we turn to our friends in the lab to work on a formulation for the ultra humid weather, and also where you make sure that your packers understand that goods must be bagged and moved out of harm’s way ASAP.  It is also a good idea – if time allows – to have QC check for finish just prior to shipment.

So, this is a small example of heat created mayhem. Not just for the materials, finishes and dyes, but for your employees as well. Care must be taken to insure hydration and cool break areas. This is not an easy business under the best of circumstances. Working to insure that quality is maintained, and most importantly that accidents and heat related injuries are avoided is everybody’s responsibility.

Have a safe and happy summer.

A New Chapter

Heading into May and June the number of trade shows and conferences heat up.  See us at Techtextil in Atlanta, GA,  in booth 2717, May 3rd – 5th.  Catch up with us at the USIFI Outlook Conference in May and we will be walking Outdoor Retailer in August, ISSA in October, and one week later we will be displaying at IFAI.  Truly the busy season.  Busy, busy, busy, but necessarily so.

Necessary because this is the season in which Jason Mills opens a new chapter in its 40 year history.  We have been, since the 90’s,  the company that “Make’s Things Materialize” and for millions and millions of yards of fabrics produced we truly did make things materialize. But, now it’s time for a new future.  A future of innovation, performance and top quality materials.  This is the season of spreading the word that through research and development we will be delving into new and exciting materials and markets.

Over the last year we have put into the market place a multi-layer material that not only wicks moisture, has anti-microbial properties, but is soft to the touch and has load bearing qualities that surpass 1,500 pounds.  We’ve created a snag resistant mesh that is water, fire and UV resistant.  The outdoor retailing industry has never seen anything like it. We developed a golf screen that is made exclusively for hi-def imagery and can absorb the impact of a golf ball traveling over 150 mph, thousands of times.  Our aeronautical line of fire resistant material has increased as well.

This is the season in which we open a new chapter.  Over the coming months we will be travelling to shows.  We will be updating our literature and media outlets such as our URL, Facebook and LinkedIn page. We look forward to meeting you, the customer, and showing you what we can do for you.

 

March Madness

March: Madness

It is March, so that means basketball and brackets. Even non fans take a moment to test the office pools and jump into the water.  We watch nail biters and route for teams we have no connection to whatsoever.  Why?  Because in the end it is fun and a distraction from the realities of life that invariably creep into everyone’s day.

The March games have inevitability to them. Starting with sixty four teams in the first round, the bucket is immediately halved after a day or two.  A few days later we’re down to sixteen teams: The Sweet Sixteen.

Elimination and inevitability; for those who came through the 1990’s in the textile industry, those words have a familiar ring; 159,000 in job losses or 22% of textile mill jobs in total – Inevitable Elimination – Madness. There was enough finger pointing to go around as to who, what, where, when and why. Blame it on the economy, NAFTA, imports, unions, whatever. The bottom line was that our industry took a punch in the gut, and almost broke.

Almost, but not quite; some things are not inevitable. True, the tournament will go into April, and there will be only one team crowned champion. But in the textile industry there is a growth fueled by innovation and technology. We are creating new products to fill needs the consumer demands. (See textile wearable’s, nano fabrics, anti microbials and a host of others.)

This is where the future lies:  innovation – performance – quality; it is not Madness. It is inevitable.

 

“Ground Hog Day” in the Textile Industry

In the movie, “Groundhog Day”, Bill Murray is caught in a time warp of sorts where every day is the same thing. The same routine. The same greetings. The same weather. He is doomed to repeat, with certitude, the same conversations, motions, movements and happenings that occurred the previous day.

 This redundancy, in life, would make an average man or woman quickly insane. But when developing a process for production and quality, sameness is actually something to be embraced. This is the way it is in textile production.

 Please consider for a moment the average piece of fabric. Let’s say you are on a plane, and you pull a magazine from the mesh pouch that’s hooked to the seat in front of you. The pouch has the same color as the leather on the seat. How does that happen?

A simple piece of mesh netting is comprised of the following:

Filament

Yarn

Knitting

Dyeing

Finishing

Any variation in the above can cause a deviation in your finished product. The process of production and quality must adhere to a routine: spec certification for your filament count and yarn; knitting quality assurance- sampling, counting stitches, hole size repeats; dyeing- have there been chemical changes, appearance changes? Is the shade correct? Finishing- does the fabric feel correct (too hard, too soft?). It’s going in a plane. Is it fire resistant? (Again, have there been chemical changes that could adversely affect this?). Do we have a confirmation that all of the above criteria have been met?

 So consider the simple piece of fabric, and the steps that a quality control manager takes to insure that all of these criteria are met. This is what we do every day at Jason Mills- for every fabric.

 And remember, all of our products are knit, dyed and finished in the U.S.A.

 

 

 

 

 

Saying Goodbye to 2015 and Looking Forward to Exciting Events in 2016

As 2015 comes to a close, we look back at 2015 as a year full of traveling, trade shows, and our continuing efforts to provide the highest quality polyester and nylon mesh fabrics and textiles. Our commitment to quality products and services is as strong as it was when we started the company and will always be a priority.

Speaking of starting out, Jason Mills will be marking a milestone in 2016–as we will celebrate our 40th year in business! This is an anniversary we will celebrate with our dedicated employees and our wonderful clients. Our enthusiasm and excitement will carry us into the new year and we are going to be enjoying this eventful year with pride and joy.

Before we completely close the book on 2015, let’s recap some of the shows we visited this year. We started the year attending and exhibiting at the IFAI Canada Expo on March 12-13 and introduced our new insect netting products. In May we attended the IFAI Outlook Conference in White Sulphur Springs, WV where we networked with other textile industry professionals and learned about the latest industry issues.

At the Techtextil North America Symposium in Houston, TX in June we exhibited our newest screening products for outdoor retailers. This event addressed market developments, technical information, and new products and was an ideal way to bring our outstanding products to customers. August saw us heading to Salt Lake City for the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Tradeshow. We showcased our new screen fabrics for outdoor applications. With all the news of insect-borne diseases, our products make the outdoors fun again!

The fall was extremely busy! We attended the 2015 IFAI Expo in Anaheim. CA in early October. In mid-October we went to the 2015 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, and later in the month we participated in the SEAMS National Networking Conference in Nashville, TN. Our last event of the year had us travelling to Seattle, WA for the Aeronautical Interior Expo.

2015 was a fulfilling and busy year for us and in 2016 we are looking forward to more of the same! After 40 years in business we’re still going strong and are planning on building on that success for another 40 years at least!

If you would like to learn about any of our custom textiles and fabrics, please contact us or visit our website.

From our family to yours, wishes for the happiest of holidays! See you in 2016!