Archive: Oct 2012

Helping You Pick the Perfect Backpack

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School’s back in session for another year! It is a bit of a mixed blessing for parents. On one hand, you know your kids are out of the house and – presumably – learning. That being said, there is also the giant pain involved in getting them all the right school supplies.  Buying the right backpack for your kids is perhaps the biggest challenge. It has to be “cool” (or rad or whatever kids are saying these days), as well as functional and safe. As far as safety, experts say that you should consider a few important keys. First, the backpack should weigh no more than around 15% of your child’s body weight. Overloading a backpack can really mess up a growing child’s back. With this in mind, you also might want to consider a backpack on wheels. Because that can be a hard sell for some kids (not really that “cool”), if they do choose a regular backpack, make sure they only carry what they need for that day and that they load the heaviest items closest to their backs.

At Jason Mills, we know a thing or two about backpacks. Whatever style of backpack you choose; there is a good chance it includes at least some of our innovative mesh. We offer eight different types of backpack mesh, and it’s not only used to help kids get their books to school, but also is fielded by the police and military. Our mesh has the ability to make backpacks lightweight, strong, breathable, and cool enough to please even the most style-conscious kid.  So if you’re still in the market for some school supplies or just  want to choose the perfect, next backpack, remember our tips and when in doubt, go with mesh!

Jason Mills and Our Work in the Tennis Industry

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With the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament having just recently wrapped up, it’s a good time to talk about how polyester and nylon knit mesh plays a major role in modern tennis. As you might imagine, the game itself wouldn’t be very interesting or playable without a net. Heck, you could play it with your hands, but if there wasn’t a net, it just wouldn’t be the same game. But before we get into what makes a “quality” net, let’s take a quick look at the history of the game.

The game of tennis dates back several thousand years. It is believed that European monks created the game in the 12th century as a form of entertainment during religious ceremonies. It wasn’t until the 16th century that rackets and a net were introduced (tennis actually plays a major dramatic role in at least one Shakespeare play). In 1874, the U.K.’s Major Walter C. Wingfield was the first to patent the equipment and rules that are much like the ones used today.

Since the beginning of the modern game, players and court owners have been on the lookout for technology that can make the game more exciting and easier to play. Polyester and nylon have made clothing, shoes, and even rackets, lighter, stronger, and more responsive. At Jason Mills, we also know that the netting used for tennis court nets across the world couldn’t and wouldn’t stand up to the wear and tear unless they were made from some pretty amazing materials. We offer 100% Polyester and Nylon netting in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses which can be used for not only Tennis applications but also for all of your sports netting needs, like soccer, baseball, and golf.

So next time you’re watching a match, just remember, all those great 5-set cliffhangers wouldn’t be possible without the kind of history that tennis has – and without the high quality polyester and nylon sports netting we provide at Jason Mills.

DISCOVER 2012 and Jason Mills

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Recently, we attended the U.S. Commercial Service’s DISCOVER 2012 forum. This year’s gathering took place at the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel from September 24-26 and was held in cooperation with the Mid-Atlantic District Export Council. The U.S. Commercial Service is the Dept. of Commerce’s lead export promotion agency, so this forum attracted not only high-ranking government officials, but also international business leaders. Overall, DISCOVER 2012 was outstanding for a number of different reasons, including:

  • Providing everyone with the most up-to-date and insightful market intelligence
  • Offering practical strategies for exporting goods to new markets
  • Providing us with the perfect opportunity to network with a uniquely-placed group of public officials, private buyers, and market experts

We especially enjoyed the “Ask the Experts” roundtable sessions and the meetings with buyers from Costa Rica and the U.A.E.

All of this was quite helpful because as we have mentioned in previous blogs, Jason Mills is making a strong push into some of the world’s biggest foreign markets, including India. We are introducing as many people around the globe to our durable, flexible, and customizable meshes. Meeting with and listening to what buyers and consumers want and need is the only way to make the name Jason Mills as popular overseas as it is here in the USA.