Nothing says summer like pool parties, ice cream, and highway construction season! Not exactly the best part of the season, but it is simply a fact of life that most highway work needs to be done during the summer months. As one might imagine, roadway work zones are hazardous for both the motorists who navigate them and the men and women who work within them. From 2003-2007, 639 workers were killed while working at road construction sites, which turns out to be almost 8% of all construction deaths in the United States. Workers being hit by vehicles like trucks, cars, and construction equipment accounted for 50% of these fatalities.
One way to add an extra layer of protection is to provide workers with just that. At Jason Mills, we supply the construction industry with highly effective fluorescent nylons and polyester knit mesh for traffic safety vests. We offer ANSI approved (American National Standards Institute) polyester and nylon fabrics that are perfect for safety vests and flags. To keep highway workers safe, you first need to make sure that everyone can see them no matter the weather conditions or time of day. Winning the visibility battle will at least give workers a fighting chance at avoiding serious injury or death while doing their jobs. It is also important that we all do our part to help the cause. Please take extra care this summer to obey all posted work zone speed limits. If we all work together, we can make this the safest summer driving season ever.
Since players started using them in the late 19th century, baseball gloves have been made of one thing: leather. The first gloves were not much to look at, they weren’t much more than your average unpadded driving glove. Over time, they have morphed into complex, computer-engineered works of art. Heck, you can even pay $500 for a glove made from the finest Italian leather. However, as with everything in this world, change is inevitable. Recent advances in synthetics, such as the ones we utilize at Jason Mills, have made it possible to produce high-quality ball gloves from something other than leather. A company out of the spiritual home of baseball, Cooperstown, NY (home of the Baseball Hall of Fame), is now making custom gloves completely out of nylon microfibers.
Why is this innovation so important? Why should you care about a baseball glove? Well, it’s a great example of how the world is becoming more and more reliant on high-quality polyester and nylon fabrics and textiles. If the iconic leather baseball glove can be upgraded with synthetic materials, it means that even the tradition-bound world of baseball can change. It is going to take a long time for nylon to supplant leather, but the process has begun. At Jason Mills, we don’t make baseball gloves, but we do make and distribute the industrial and custom polyester and nylon fabrics that are the future of manufacturing.
Who knows? You might well be seeing our nylon under glass at Cooperstown next to Ty Cobb’s leather glove in a hundred years from now.