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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?

Breaking into the Indian Car Market

In an earlier blog, we discussed our desire to have a larger footprint in emerging economic powerhouses such as India. With an ever-growing population that long ago surpassed one billion, and an emerging middle-class which some statisticians deem to be the world’s largest, Indian consumers are more and more searching for high-quality products.

One industry that we are especially interested in is India’s booming automotive industry. Multi-national giants like Tata Motors have changed the landscape of the automotive world. Not only are they a Fortune Global 500 company (#314), but they are also the world’s fourth-largest truck and second-largest bus manufacturer. In fact quite recently, in a dramatic reverse of the usual 1st world investment in the developing world story, Tata purchased the legendary British automobile company, Jaguar. If Tata is getting into the business of building high-end automobiles along the lines of Jaguar, what’s to be anticipated next?

At Jason Mills, we know that our wide range of high-end meshes and textiles would be an ideal fit for not only Tata but also all of India’s automotive industry. Our UV-resistant mesh is a great for cars and trucks because it is guaranteed not to fade for 200 hours, which is important in a country that has seen searing record heat waves this summer. Furthermore, in a country like India with one of the worst annual traffic accident reports on Earth, Jason Mills’ fire-resistant mesh is a great choice for the interior of any kind of vehicle. Safety and constancy are qualities that discerning consumers from around the world all demand. Keep checking back with our blog for updates on our “globe-trotting” adventures in Indian and other major emerging markets around the world!

The Mesh Heard Round the World

Jason Mills is always looking for ways to increase the brand presence of our fine-quality mesh around the world. Whether you know it or not, people around the world crave and trust the consistency and quality of products from the USA. Asian countries turn to North America to equip them with the latest means and materials for quality production and development.

One of our main goals is to sell to hospitals, clinics, and care centers in countries such as India. It seems that there is a pressing need for high quality resistant fabrics throughout this country of over 1 billion people. When we say “resistant”, we are referring to high-end mesh that has a number of critical properties and singular characteristics including:

Cubicle Mesh

  • Fire-resistance
  • UV-Resistant Dye (guaranteed not to fade for 200 hours)
  • Anti-microbial mesh for the tops of bed curtains in hospitals, which stops disease from spreading

While all of these benefits are already being utilized in North America and Europe, there is a massive untapped Asian market that we are beginning to make headway into. As countries like India experience economic booms correspondent with their population booms, the demand for high quality -and in many cases such as hospitals, lifesaving – mesh will only increase. In addition, as time passes we hope to introduce our entire line of meshes and textiles to rest of the world, because at the end of the day you still can’t beat “Made in the USA”.

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.

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.

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