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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.

Trucker Hats and Jason Mills?

Over the past few years, more and more hipsters wouldn’t be caught dead without a trucker hat perched ironically on their heads. A trucker hat is a baseball hat with a cloth or foam front and a breathable plastic mesh back. Originally, these caps were created as giveaways for companies like John Deere who identified with the trucking culture. However, in the early 2000’s, young Hollywood stars like Ashton Kutcher and Justin Timberlake began wearing them as ironic fashion statements. Thus was born a major fashion tread that still survives to this day.

No one at Jason Mills is in the motion picture industry, but we did have a little something to do with making America a little hipper. It turns out that we sell a good deal of the mesh that makes these prized pieces of Americana. Our high-quality headwear mesh is not only attractive and adaptable to many different styles of hat, but it can also be made fire-resistant. Moreover, it’s not just for “the kids”; we also make 100% polyester and nylon mesh for more demanding government applications.

If you’re a fan of trucker hats, then the mesh experts at Jason Mills are glad to have helped make them good-looking, durable and breathable.

The Other “Culture”

When one envisions the act of growing food, amber waves of grain most often come to mind. From the endless orange groves of Florida to the towering corn stalks of Iowa, most of us believe that when it comes to crops, the only kind of “culture” is agriculture. It turns out, that’s not the whole story.

Unless you live in a coastal area, you may never have heard of aquaculture. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), aquaculture is the “breeding, rearing and harvesting of plants and animals in all types of water environments, including ponds, rivers, lakes, and the ocean.”

Aquacultural Seed Bag

While the U.S. only ranks 13th in the $70 billion worldwide aquaculture market, we still produce $1 billion a year of oysters, clams and mussels. Seeing how you can’t just “plant” an oyster in the ground like wheat seed, special technologies are needed to grow the shellfish Americans love to eat. One of the main growing techniques is the use of aquacultural seed bags. These bags are made from polyester mesh, which varies in size and holes per foot, due to the different sizes of shellfish. Though methods of growing differ slightly for different species, farmers generally will fill bags with seeds and then submerge the bags in either salt or freshwater. This allows for a controlled growth of the shellfish, while protecting them from predators and environmental factors.

Oysters

At Jason Mills, we offer four different aquaculture seed bags, all of which are made from industry-standard 100% polyester seed bag material. Moreover, while our bags are perfect for growing a large variety of aquaculture products, they are also used in institutional settings like prisons and hospitals.

When you dig into your next plate of oysters, just know that there is a good chance they were farm-raised using one of our high-quality seed bags. So enjoy and let us know how they taste!

If you want to learn more about any of our products play a big role in your life every day, keep checking this blog or take some time to visit our website.

Improve Your Golf Swing This… Winter?

From your heating bill to your work commute, there’s no reason why winter should impact anything more than it already does. For instance, when considering the possibilities of today’s technology, why should a powerful cold front ever be allowed to hamper your golf swing? With indoor golf simulator projection screens being so widely available, these days you can practice your drive in your rec room or garage, and still retain your competitive edge once spring returns.

Golf

One of the reasons why golf simulator projection technology works as well as it does is on account of the mesh onto which it’s projected. Indoor hitting enclosures that are knitted from close-fitting and/or seamless polyester or nylon textiles allow for a quality of projected image that would not otherwise be available. The relative seamlessness of the meshing allows for the simulated image to be projected fully and compellingly, so that it almost does feel as though you were standing on your favorite driving range in the heat of summer.

At Jason Mills, we weave custom-cut sports netting for golf cages of all varieties – both large and small. Our 100% polyester and 100% nylon fibers, available in any color, allow for golf fanatics and casual practitioners alike to hone their skills for all those coming tournaments and “friendly games of golf” that are just a few months away. For the seamless perfectionist inside us all, there just isn’t any better way (given the weather) of improving one’s swing.

Our Work on Behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project

It’s an inarguable fact that military service members who come home from combat overseas often return with a sense of not being fully able to re-adjust to civilian life. Whether it was a Marine who lost both of his legs to a roadside IED in Iraq, or a paratrooper who saw good friends of his die in a remote region of Afghanistan, war leaves its impressions on the body, mind, and spirit that very few of us can sustainably understand or appreciate. It is a statistical fact, for example, that veterans of foreign wars experience a much higher frequency of joblessness, homelessness, and mental illness than the national norm. But thankfully, even if one can’t fully comprehend where a service member has been or what he or she has seen, there are still ways of helping them reclaim their lives.

“The greatest casualty is being forgotten.” That’s the motto of the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit group whose primary objective is “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history” – a worthy goal if ever there was one. The Wounded Warrior Project raises awareness and financial support for those who necessarily sacrificed a part of themselves.

We began providing financial contributions to the Wound Warrior Project for a whole number of reasons. Not only have we supplied lining in soldiers’ fighting uniforms to give them comfort and support during the rigors and trials of combat, but it’s our ethical duty to provide the same comfort on the home front as well, ensuring that returning soldiers will have programs available like Wounded Warrior to welcome them back safely to American shores. In addition, Jason Mills contributes directly to the Veterans of Foreign Wars as well. It’s our small (though hopefully significant) contribution to welcoming returning veterans back into the greater mesh and fabric of our society.

Did You Travel for the Holidays? Chances Are You Saw Our Handiwork

This holiday season as you went about your travels from coast to coast, from Canada to Cancun, we hope you had time to take a look at the seat pocket in front of you. No, we’re not necessarily advocating “in-flight reading”. We’re much more interested in whether you took a glance at the mesh pocket that held all those Duty Free Shopping magazines. The mesh design may well have been our own.

An international airline contacted us at one point to provide the mesh on the seat pockets of their passenger seats. It was a significant assignment to design and supply all that mesh, but our streamlined production process and command of knitting technology eventually won the day, and did so in a timely manner. So next holiday season as you reach down to grab your in-flight magazine, remember and salute those people who make such luxuries possible for your 6 ½ hour flight to your mother-in-law’s house in Chattanooga.

But that isn’t the only place you’d have seen us this past December. At Jason Mills, one of our long-time specialties has been supplying the mesh in-lining of various types of suitcases and luggage. So whether you packed Bermuda shorts for your holiday in the Caribbean, or long-johns for your sojourn in Detroit or Mississauga, consider the fine attention that went into the knitted mesh inside your baggage. It’s not only convenient for holding your three-piece suit neatly in place; it’s also a technology that’s been developed over time, allowing for greater versatility and sense of order when packing your bag.

To all those flying the friendly skies, or otherwise lugging suitcases on trains or overland buses, on holiday or otherwise, consider for a moment the seamless craftsmanship of the mesh that went into making your suitcases packable.

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