Style 7400P – Mop Headband Mesh


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 for samples, pricing and more data or visit our website, 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:






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!

Recapping our Fall Trade Show Calendar

It was a busy time for us this fall as we traveled to different events across the U.S. As we have mentioned before, attending these industry trade shows and conferences is an ideal way to hear what certain industries need in their products and to discuss options and possible solutions we can provide. This fall we attended three events:

2015 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition: This land power exposition and professional development forum offered presentations and discussions on military and national security subjects as well as workshops and business meetings. Over 26,000 attendees came from around the world to Washington, D.C. for this event and we were proud to be part of it.

SEAMS National Networking Conference: This event was held on October 29-31 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. At SEAMS, the National Association for the U.S. Sewn Products and Textiles Industries, we participated in educational opportunities, conferences, and networking events designed around the theme of “Spurring Opportunities for Growth.” The conference highlighted strategies, relationships and takeaways to drive growth and improve business.

AIX Expo: The Aircraft Interiors Expo took place on November 4 & 5 in Seattle, WA. Showcasing the latest designs in aircraft interiors, this event allowed us to network with others in the industry to discuss industry trends and where the aircraft interiors business and the airlines industry is moving toward for the future.

Although very different, these three events all cross over into the textile industry. With the connections and information learned from attending these events, we are better able to serve our customers in developing the products they require.

To learn more about our products and services, please feel free to contact us or visit our website.

Jason Mills And The IFAI Expo

Last month the annual Industrial Fabrics Expo was held in Anaheim, California. Over 400 exhibitors, including Jason Mills, LLC were present, as were many thousands of attendees. Most of the attendees were serious about seeking out information and suppliers for the current year. Over the last 5 – 7 years we have seen the quality of the buyer improve and engagement usually kept at a serious level. Truth be told, we still had those running from booth to booth looking for your best price.

Those that stopped by our booth saw not only our 50+ standard knit industrial textiles, including our 20-30 stock items, but also development fabrics such as our style 413 for the outdoor trade (UV, water and fire resistant), style 501 for the indoor golf and simulator trade (finely knit for ultra HD imagery and fire resistant), as well as our two layer style 280 exclusively for healthcare industry (fire resistant, ultra load bearing and incredible liquid management).

It is true that exhibiting at trade shows is a costly endeavor, but the takeaway is that there is not any other venue in which you can come face to face with 80-100 potential new customers in a three day period. Along with print advertising, social media and a dynamic website, the trade show is a pillar of any growing company’s marketing plan.

This year’s venue, being on the west coast allowed regional visitors who might not normally make the trip to the familiar textile stomping grounds in the east; we’ll save that for Charlotte in 2016.

In the meantime, please visit our website at or send us an email to Remember, all of Jason Mills’ products are knit, dyed and finished in the U.S.A.