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A Better Way: Sourcing Partnerships That Work

Posted by Chad Twombly on Dec 18, 2019 3:32:08 PM

The typical vendor-buyer sourcing relationship is a push-pull, sometimes adversarial one, borne out of the tension created from the two opposite ends of the profit maximization effort that exists with every transaction. A buyer wants to pay the lowest possible price (with maintaining key product specs) while the vendor is looking to get the highest reasonable price on the sale (without losing the business), all so their respective companies can maximize profit.

For a time, that adversarial relationship may work. But at some point, eventually, the inherent risk that exists when finding and implementing the lowest cost solutions, will end up becoming a losing bet for the buyer and the company. That risk can manifest itself as inventory shortages, manufacturing downtime, international trade agreements, production inefficiencies, or even a companies' worst fear, a widespread product recall.

But here, at Herculite, we believe differently.

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American Manufacturing: Why it Matters

Posted by Jeff Sparks on Sep 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

As the world’s second-largest manufacturer, the United States has historically benefited from a robust manufacturing market, boasting plentiful manufacturing jobs and competitive power in the global economy.

However, high tariffs and expensive labor pose significant challenges, and this August, U.S. manufacturing shrank for the first time in about ten years, sparking concerns about the sector’s future. Are there still benefits to domestic manufacturing?

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The History of Synthetic Fabrics

Posted by Chad Twombly on Oct 11, 2016 8:28:00 AM

For about as long as humans have worn clothes and needed shelter, fabrics have been in use. Natural fabrics -- including but not limited to silk, cotton, wool, and linen -- are made from natural materials and were the only fabrics available for many years. As technology grew and advanced, people began to search for new options and attempted creating fabrics rather than using the ones that had always existed.

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Interview with Sy Hyman, Herculite Founder and Retired CEO

Posted by Craig Zola on Mar 11, 2016 1:02:36 PM

Sy Hyman, company founder and retired CEO of Herculite®, is a long-time member of IFAI and became an Honored Life Member in 2014. He shared with us some insights about the challenges of marketing laminated synthetics with a start-up company when no market existed: about learning from customers, production mistakes, and inventing sales techniques for new materials. These are some tips garnered from 60 years of practical experience.

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How are Conductive Fabrics Used?

Posted by Chad Twombly on Apr 21, 2015 9:36:04 AM

We’ve all heard of cotton, wool, and silk fabrics and with technological advancements we’ve also know about moisture, mildew and ultraviolet ray resistant materials. But, do you know what conductive fabrics are and how they are used?

Lets take a quick dive into conductive fabrics, what they are, how they work, and ideal uses for them.

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Antimicrobial Textiles in the Specialty Fabrics Industry

Posted by Leslie Haddad on Dec 30, 2014 2:49:00 PM

Specialty performance fabrics are ubiquitous in our daily life. From boat covers, to awnings, from tents, to banner signs, we often forget how much these specialty fabrics are a part of our daily lives. However one of their original, and best uses, is as antimicrobial textiles for healthcare and indoor environments where control of disease and cleanliness are crucial.

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Custom Fabric Engineering Options

Posted by Craig Zola on Sep 15, 2014 3:26:11 PM

So you’ve bought that house, that boat, or you need a tent for a special occasion and now you need an awning, a cover, or a specially designed fabric product for your backyard. But, where do you get the right product?

Most of the time, we end up going to the local store or surfing the internet to find a cheap, premade piece. But did you know you can customize your fabric products?

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5 Risks of an Off-Shore Fabric Dealer

Posted by Leslie Haddad on Apr 9, 2014 12:13:00 PM

While the initial costs can be lower, and tempting, there are many hidden costs that make purchasing from an off-shore dealer not worth the risk.  A fabric product dealer is a company that looks worldwide for "buy low, sell high" opportunities. Here are 5 risks that could lead to increased total cost of ownership buying through a fabrics dealer.

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Stepping Away from the Fiscal Cliff

Posted by Chad Twombly on Jan 15, 2013 11:23:00 AM

In 2011, my family and I had the opportunity to go to the Grand Canyon on vacation. For those of you that don't know I have a mischievous side. My then 13 year old son and I decided to play a little trick on his mother (luckily she's still my wife). We went on a little hike and attempted to find a safe location to take the picture to your right. At first glance it looks pretty frightening, especially for Mom. If my wife didn't know my propensity for childish humor she would have thought that I put our eldest son in life-threatening danger. Frankly, it could been bad had our son moved four steps to the left.

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Medical Fabrics and the Real Total Cost of Ownership

Posted by Craig Zola on Sep 20, 2012 3:57:00 PM

No matter what you set out to buy today, you are almost always faced with a choice—price versus quality. Whether you’re buying medical bedding, medical equipment or privacy curtains for a hospital, you have a decision to make: Do you forgo a bit of quality and save on the purchase price or do you spend a little bit more upfront and get the better quality product?

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