We recently heard from our customer Acme Awning, a manufacturer of custom canvas awnings and canopies in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota, and we just had to share their story. Owner Greg Mantel needed an exterior storefront awning for a customer’s new business, so he turned to Trivantage and PrintCraft, an innovative new print system technology backed by Glen Raven. The result was nothing short of spectacular:

“We’ve worked with the owner of a local dry cleaner chain in the Twin Cities area for decades. Our point of contact would always come to us to print their proprietary pattern on printable Sunbrella® fabric for their interior and exterior storefront awnings in malls, grocery stores, and standalone stores. When our customer left the dry cleaning industry and decided to open a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic, he trusted us with printing, fabricating, and installing an exterior storefront awning to introduce his brand – a pizza shop, Love Pizza – to our community. It’s the first thing his potential customers see when they drive by or walk down the block, and it was an honor to tackle this for him and his team.

“The new owner of Love Pizza worked with a graphic designer to create a proprietary graphic pattern for the awning and other brand materials. Then, they passed the pattern on to us. At that time, the new PrintCraft technology had recently launched. We were thrilled to work with PrintCraft because the team ‘spoke awning,’ as opposed to commercial printing shops we were used to, in which it was always a cumbersome task. Printing a pattern with custom awning specs takes patience and vetting, and it made our lives as a fabricator easier and helped us deliver for Love Pizza to work with PrintCraft as our single source. Once printed, we easily fabricated and installed the awning. The result was a 10/10 pop of color and pattern, and our customer’s pizza shop is killing it.

“The custom printing aspect of this project makes it stand out from others we do. We railroaded the fabric to best align with the graphic pattern and make sure the look was perfect. Our long-time customer was really pleased and loved the way it turned out to help him launch a new business.”


For more information on PrintCraft and its unlimited shade fabric customization through a single source, contact your sales representative, visit trivantage.com, or call us at 800-786-1876. Be sure contact your sales representative and share your story with us for a future Market Corner.

The countdown is on: IFAI Expo, the flagship show for the industrial textile industry, is set for Oct. 12-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and as your partner, we at Trivantage® look forward to reconnecting with you in person to discuss the variety fabrics, tools, and hardware we offer to best suit your needs.

We invite you to visit Booth #1627 and see for yourself the quality products and innovative solutions behind our game-changing marine and shade offerings, including:

  • Hydrofend® cover fabrics – Hydrofend is a solution-dyed polyester with a proprietary high-performance back coating. Available exclusively from Trivantage, the product is designed to balance high water resistance with breathability, and its multi-purpose applications include boat covers, bimini tops, boat enclosures, storage covers, and furniture covers. Click herefor a complete listing of 13 available colors, including our two newest colorways, mahogany brown and hunter green.
  • Marine Shade Fly – The heat may be on this summer, but aMarine Shade Fly offers convenient, easy shade when needed the most. This easy-on-and-off application provides a cool, comfortable on-board boating experience, and you will see our premium boat shade poles firsthand at IFAI Expo. We’ll also show you some of the most popular shade fabrics we’ve hand-selected from multiple collections to pair beautifully with any of the shade pole sets.
  • Engineering Services – You won’t want to miss Awning Composer®, an easy-to-use rendering software designed to move projects to production in half the time. As part of a new service solution from Trivantage for awning and shade fabricators, we are now offering access to professional engineers for awning or shade sail projects that require sealed computer-aided design (CAD) drawings or engineering letters of approval. Stop by our booth to learn how a simple, three-step process assists licensed engineers in all 50 U.S. states in providing the technical information needed for them to run load calculations on your projects.

Watch this space in the months ahead for additional previews on IFAI Expo and how you can experience the Trivantage difference at the show. In the meantime, be sure to follow our social pages – Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn – for the real-time updates up to and during the Expo. You also can click on IFAI Expo for details on registration, agendas, and educational offerings and solutions designed with members in mind.


With summer in full swing, your customers will love the extra moisture and mildew protection BellBloc fabric liner provides to outdoor cushions.

A revolutionary new cushion liner fabric, BellBloc is made from PET (polyester) for its resilient properties. Used between the outer fabric and inner foam insert of cushions and pillows, BellBloc gives an added layer of protection from moisture. The polyester fabric liner offers 25% to 40% improved water repellency over industry competitors.

As regional sales manager Brett Baird outlines in this video, BellBloc defends against mold, mildew, oil, and stains, extending the life of the padding and fabric. It is breathable, lightweight, heat stable, and economical. As Brett notes, you can use BellBloc as a fabric lining for cushions (marine and casual furniture), seat backs, furniture, and pillows.

BellBloc 68 is best for flat applications like outdoor seat cushions, while BellBloc 100 is more flexible, making it ideal as a pillow lining. Watch the video for complete details, and be sure to check out our complete video library for a range of fabric and hardware videos.

Contact your sales representative with any questions, and you also can visit trivantage.com or call us at 800-786-1876.


Hydrofend cover fabrics, a solution-dyed polyester with a proprietary high-performance back coating, are now available in Mahogany Brown and Hunter Green colorways. The new colors were based on customer feedback and are available with matching binding.

Available exclusively from Trivantage®, Hydrofend is designed to balance high water resistance with breathability. Its multi-purpose applications include boat covers, bimini tops, boat enclosures, storage covers, and furniture covers. To ensure superior performance, this protective fabric resists fraying and was designed with a tear strength starting at almost 40 pounds warp and fill.

Hydrofend is available in cut yardage and protected under a 5-year non-prorated warranty, while Radiant Red and Deep Maroon each come with 3-year warranties. We stand by Hydrofend’s long service life and lasting color retention under any climate or season – all from a trusted resource.

 Click here for more information on Hydrofend, including a complete listing of 13 available colors. You also can contact your sales representative or call us at 800-786-1876.


Trivantage has launched new product videos on PrintCraft, an innovative print system technology, and cool shade in seconds with Marine Shade Fly.

At Trivantage, we understand that digital printing offers both personal and commercial customization. That’s why we introduced PrintCraft, which offers unlimited shade fabric customization.

When the heat is on, you can create easy shade with our Marine Shade Fly premium boat shade poles, customizable fabrics, and hardware. With a hand-selected offering of shade fly supplies, Trivantage makes it easy to purchase everything you need to meet your customers’ needs, including pick-and-choose adjustable pole sets, fabric, and hardware.

In addition to our two newest videos, our complete video library includes a range of fabric videos and those featuring hardware and accessories.


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