We hope you have had an opportunity to try Barricade, one of the newest additions to the exclusive family of products from Trivantage®. Barricade is an advanced, four-layer fabric designed to meet and surpass the challenging requirements of a basic cover fabric. This highly water resistant and quick drying fabric will ensure valuable possessions are protected for years to come.

Barricade features a breathable film sandwiched between two layers of soft but durable bicomponent non-woven material. From grills and motorcycles to cars and airplane windshields, the fabric guards against the damaging effects of sun, dirt, dust, and moisture. It also is UV resistant and lightweight for easy storing.

Barricade is in stock and ready to ship. Please contact your sales representative for a sample, visit www.trivantage.com, or contact us at 800-786-1876.

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As a business owner, Matt Franta relies on precision, attention to detail, and efficiency for every aspect of his business. Franta credits his approach to running Canvas Craft, Minnesota’s premier provider of industrial fabric products, to lessons he learned from his father, who purchased the business in the early 1980s with an emphasis on doing what’s best for the customer.

Doing what’s best for the customer works in Franta’s favor. In 2019, his customer service representative at Trivantage called him with a suggestion that would soon change the way his company manages the delivery of fabric and supplies – and still does today.

“My Trivantage rep took it upon himself to dig deep and determine why our company was placing so many orders in a single week,” said Franta, president of Canvas Craft. “He showed us data to prove that we were placing orders multiple times throughout the week and in some cases several per day. To his point, there had to be a more efficient way to place orders.”

Following this conversation, Franta did his own research and learned his team was approaching orders with a “just-in-time mentality.” Working closely with his contact at Trivantage, both teams streamlined the ordering process at Canvas Craft and developed a new approach that involved the company placing a single order every one to two weeks, saving time and money for everyone.

“We have a true partnership with Trivantage,” Franta said. “It was helpful to receive this level of attention to such a granular detail. It forced use to take a hard look at our internal processes and make some needed changes. Trivantage didn’t have to initiate this conversation. But they did so because they truly are an extension of our business and an important part of our company’s success.”

Canvas Craft prides itself on providing a hometown experience while using the most advanced and high-tech equipment available. This has allowed the company to grow from a one-man boat cover shop in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul into a full-service industrial fabric products manufacturer serving the entire Upper Midwest.

“Boat and marine applications have been a staple at Canvas Craft since the beginning, as has the niche we have carved out for ourselves in outdoor spaces,” said Franta, who purchased the company from his father in 2004. “Over the years, we expanded the business through small acquisitions, acquiring new equipment, and expanding our knowledge by getting out of our comfort zone.”

Looking ahead, Franta said, Canvas Craft customers can continue to expect a laser focus from his team on applications to cover and protect what they value the most and ensure the right fit every time with Sunbrella®, Serge Ferrari, Sur Last®, Aqualon® Edge, and Polyfab, all available from Trivantage.

“From tailor-fit solutions to durable fabrics to local fabricating, Canvas Craft has you covered, all backed by a trusted team that includes Trivantage,” he said.

Amy Novick gets to know her customers to really understand them – and she knows her products as a self-described “textile brat.” As project manager for Crystal Coast Interiors, Novick and her team go beyond what a yachting customer asks for to identify accents and materials that create a finished look. A family-owned business built on tradition and values, the company’s in-house craftsmen have been creating exceptional marine interiors for over 18 years.

“We’re a dynamic company that is always looking for memorable solutions, whether it be boat cushions that are comfortable but low maintenance, suggesting accent cording, or even expanding into the residential market,” Novick said.

Novick has worked with Trivantage her entire career, thanks to her rich background in the textile industry. While vinyls vary in stretch, texture, veining, and finish, Sunbrella Horizon®, an engineered synthetic leather that brings unparalleled style, comfort, and performance to the water, has been a favorite for the company with the right seam allowance, a subtle hand, and the ability to trim well.

“When I speak with customers about vinyl products, Sunbrella is a go-to. It’s a known brand with beautifully designed products and colors showcased in sample books that are easy to show customers,” said Novick. “The warranty provides a lot of comfort too.”

Novick’s customers are conscientious. When investing in materials for their boat or yacht, they’re looking for a long-term solution.

“After two years or so, an average marine upholstery fabric will start cracking and even pinking. Sunbrella Horizon’s three-year warranty against microbial pinking is comforting for us,” said Novick. “People are willing to spend a little more for that peace of mind.”

 

At Trivantage®, we are continually seeking ways to partner with our customers on ways to save fabric waste from entering landfills. Our parent company Glen Raven holds itself to high standards of environmental consciousness, and Trivantage is proud to support this effort across our footprint.

For more than 50 years, Sunbrella has recycled acrylic manufacturing waste and delivered it to partners who repurpose the materials into industrial products, including felt, insulation, padding, and filtration. In addition, all packaging waste is recycled at Sunbrella manufacturing facilities. This is an ongoing journey for Glen Raven, and eco-friendly practices like these demonstrate our joint commitment to the environment.

To bolster these efforts, the Recycle My Sunbrella and Recycle My FIRESIST programs were created to allow domestic consumers to participate in the recycling process. These are unique take-back programs that offer a sustainable alternative to disposing fabric scraps, awning covers, boat covers, and upholstery fabric for Sunbrella and FIRESIST. The Recycle My Sunbrella program alone has collected nearly one million pounds of fabric that otherwise would have ended up in landfills.

For details on how to recycle your fabrics, including shipping instructions and guidelines for recycling, please visit trivantage.com/recycle-my-sunbrella. You also have the option to drop Sunbrella and FIRESIST fabrics at your nearest Trivantage fulfillment center, which will inspect the fabrics upon arrival.

 

We look forward to working with you on sustainability initiatives that address our collective environmental responsibilities. If you have any questions, please call your local sales representative or contact us at 1-800-786-1876.

Trivantage has partnered with Bill’s Sewing Machine Company to create five how-to sewing videos to help you maximize productivity. Watch as our longtime partner and friend, industrial sewing mechanic Johnny Bentley, guides you through the basics.

The video series covers helpful tips and best practices for industrial sewing machine users so they can maximize productivity across their machine’s lifetime. While demonstrations in the videos are on a heavy-duty sewing machine, what is shown will translate for many industrial sewing machines including long-arm sewing machines and brands like Consew, Janome, Pfaff, Yamata, Brother sewing machines, and others. The videos will also help users of quilting machines, embroidery machines, lockstitch sewing machines, and sergers.

Click here to watch all five videos in the series, and our complete video library includes a range of fabric videos and those featuring hardware and accessories.

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