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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!

Textile Styles

The process of textile production is vast and complex and there are many different methods of fabric construction. The two basic methods, often confused, are knitting and weaving. Weaving involves interlacing yarns; knitting involves an interlocking series of loops (also known as interlooping) of yarns. This basic difference has implications on the qualities of the finished material – knit fabrics are more flexible, traditionally bulkier, whereas woven fabrics are more rigid, prone to wrinkle, and more wind resistant.

As a manufacturer and supplier of technical meshes, we deal strictly with knit materials, more specifically warp knit meshes. Warp knitting refers to the “warp”, or the thread that runs vertically, as opposed to the “weft”, which runs horizontally. A mesh is characterized by a more open construction – think pool skimmer or mesh sports bag instead of grandma’s Christmas sweater; while both are knit, the sports bag is an open construction. Warp knitting is done primarily on machines in which individual threads for each needle are necessary. This allows for increased speed and flexibility of fabrication, as well as an increased capacity for the width of the fabric.

Within mesh warp knitting there are a variety of styles that each produce different characteristics in the resulting mesh, and therefore have different applications. Our two primary knits are Tricot and Raschel. Tricot knits use lighter weight yarns, with more stitches per inch to produce a higher guage fabric – much like the thread count of bed sheets. Raschel knits are thicker, usually used for more industrial applications, and have less stitches per inch. Each process has its advantages and disadvantages for different end uses. Some applications are able to use either method of construction, while others are much better served by one type or the other.

Here at Jason Mills, we focus on industrial and specialty fabrics – it’s our job and passion to know the intricacies of different textile types and their applications. With a broad line of over 100 different meshes, we’re confident we can research, develop, and provide the fabrics that fit the needs of our customers. Get in touch with our team today for quality textile expertise and solutions.

Making Safety Standard Issue

Here at Jason Mills, we do business with a variety of industries – sports, fashion, transportation, medical, and many more – but last month was designated National Safety Month by the National Safety Council, we’d thought it a good time to highlight our several safety-specific products.

Last year we blogged about our high visibility fluorescent line which serves industries like construction, highway maintenance, and traffic control. We supply several fabrics that comply with the strict ANSI standards for luminescence and porosity, and other high quality fluorescents, depending on our customer’s preferences and end-use application. Our fabrics also comply with most commercial fire-resistant certifications. These fabric solutions are vital to the construction and safety industries to help minimize risk to employees, and ensure the highest measures of safety possible in settings that are inherently higher-risk.

Another specialty safety textile that we manufacture is our cut-resistant material. This protective apparel, offered in both nylon and polyester varieties, is ANSI certified for both abrasion and cut-resistance. Used in such applications as glass manufacturing, our cut-resistant fabrics are designed and certified to provide quality protection in environments where sharp or abrasive materials are handled regularly, providing a welcome and effective layer of protection between those sharp edges and your skin.

We also manufacture three dimensional spacer meshes for the safety industry. This technical mesh is used in harnesses for cushioning and ventilation, for all kinds of harness applications such as rock climbing and rescue operations.

Suffice it to say that at Jason Mills, it’s our business to be concerned with a host of different safety issues; we are glad that we’re able to provide the textile expertise necessary to supply materials that keep people safe, and we’re proud to provide materials that comply with the latest standards in the industry. So remember, if you’re in the business of ensuring the safety of your employees, come to us for the materials that can help you meet the safety standards you’re seeking.

Your Golf Game: Both a Science and an Art

If you were to encounter the phrases “500 lbf”, “thousands of impacts”, “impact-resistant fibre”, and “fire resistant”, what would you think of? You might think of mixed martial arts, or another high intensity contact sport. You might think of an extreme sport like street luge, or maybe of high durability clothing for a dangerous application, like firefighting. Perhaps surprisingly, the true application of these specs is in our impact screen mesh… for golf simulation. Yes, you read that correctly – golf simulation.

That material that repeatedly catches your golf practice strokes is more highly engineered than you might imagine. When you realize that the momentum of a golf ball can approach that of a 0.22 caliber bullet just fired from a rifle, you begin to understand why we manufacture our mesh to such stringent specifications. In addition to the strength of the material, it needs to possess similarly stringent aesthetic properties to be able to display an image capable of realistically simulating the greens and open fairways of your favorite golf course. This is why we use a particularly bright-lustered yarn with a high reflective gain. Other safety specs of our impact screen mesh include fire resistant testing (NFPA 701 Test 2), and a finish that allows the ball to hit the screen and drop to the floor safely, thousands of times, with no breaks.

So the next time you line up a great drive at the simulator, rest assured that science and technology are supporting your golf game, so you can focus on perfecting the art.

What’s Mesh Doing For You?

So, what are you using your mesh for? At Jason Mills, we’ve found it to our advantage to listen to our clientele to provide ever more customized, client-specific service.  Are you taking advantage of our high visibility textiles to make the vest that are keeping our highway workers safe and sound? In that vein, we know that people are certainly making truck tarps with either our 100% nylon or polyester mesh. Likewise, we’ve touched in previous blogs on how our mesh is perfect for protection from dangers like mosquitoes and other disease-carrying pests. And we already know that it would be hard to play and practice soccer, golf, tennis, basketball, and volleyball without mesh.

At Jason Mills, everything we do is mesh related so we have a pretty good idea what our mesh can do. But in our quest to delve into ever more customized, individualized services for our widespread client base, we want to know specifics.  Give us the nitty-gritty details. Or, if you’re not yet using our products for your application, you may discover there’s a good chance our mesh would be the perfect solution for your needs.

Either way, we really want to hear what mesh adds to your life and business. So drop us a line and don’t skimp on the details! If you use a ton of mesh we want to know what for and if you don’t we want to know why not?

Mosquitoes Can Be Stopped

Highway Construction

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.

High Visibility and Traffic Safety

Highway Safety and Jason Mills

Highway Construction

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.

High Visibility and Traffic Safety

Nylon and the Future of Baseball Gloves

Baseball

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.

Summer’s Coming!

For a great deal of North America, this past winter was one of the mildest on record. With temperatures already rising and spring seemingly being compacted into a few weeks, you don’t have a lot of time to prepare for what may be a long summer. If you have a pool, then you know that a big and time-consuming part of spring-cleaning is getting your pool ready for the season ahead. At Jason Mills, we make industry leading formaldehyde-free polyester knit mesh for pool filtration and skimmer products. Our 100% American-made mesh is used throughout the pool and spa industry to keep debris, like leaves and bugs, from ruining a good time.

While methods differ due to region and pool type, some basics will help you successfully open your pool this season.

  • Remove, clean, fold, and store winter pool cover.
  • Test water balance; adjust calcium, alkalinity and pH levels
  • Replace winter stored items like ladders, auto cleaner, baskets, plugs, gauges, etc.
  • Inspect and test electrical service to pumps, lights, heaters, etc.
  • Lube valves and o-rings. Wrap threaded plugs with new thread sealant.
  • Flood lines, prime-up pump, start-up motor, and adjust valves for proper flow.
  • Brush tiles and scrub skimmers with phosphate-free cleanser.
  • Blow off, then hose off, your pool deck.
  • Skim pool surface. Vacuum pool for waste if algae is present.
  • Super chlorinate to breakpoint levels with liquid or granular chlorine.
  • Brush pool walls and steps and re-check chemical levels in 12-24 hrs, adjust as needed.
  • Backwash filter when pressure gauge rises 8-10 lbs, or flow diminishes considerably.

If you follow these steps and make sure that your filters and skimmers are utilizing only the best polyester mesh knit from Jason Mills, then your pool or spa should be ready in time to enjoy every minute of what should be a long and fun summer. And because it’s made in the USA, you’re having a good time and keeping jobs in America. That’s a combination you just can’t beat.

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