Kevin Boeck is Value Vinyls’ Warehouse Manager with a tenacious attitude that gives him the drive and persistence to always work toward perfection. Kevin’s background comes from the Oilfield industry where providing support was a critical on-time requirement and the demand was now to avoid costly shut downs. He knows the meaning of urgent and the importance of time. Kevin manages 6 distribution warehouses for Value Vinyls across the US and Canada, representing over 250,000 square feet of space and exceeding well over one million yards of stocked inventory. Boeck is quick to comment on this task saying, “we can handle the necessary demands our customers have come to expect”. With specializing in expedited shipment and timely deliveries, Kevin has a work background of on-time results, making his work ethic the right formula for meeting if not exceeding customer service demands. Kevin has the same expectations from his warehouse support team. As Kevin puts it, “Striving to meet our customer’s needs is priority one with how my team and I conduct business and with my team’s attention to detail, our customers will benefit from the correct stock being available and the accurate filling of orders”. Kevin also has a strong history of working directly with trucking companies, negotiating the best possible rates which allows Value Vinyls to provide the least expense in freight costs, yet highest quality service when shipping with us. Known for his outstanding customer relations, Kevin is always available to visit directly with our valued customers. We are proud to have Kevin Boeck as our Warehouse Manager, a true Pro for Value Vinyls!
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When it comes to billboard style advertising, Building Wraps have become a popular way of plastering a colorful graphic with a good message on the side of a tall building. This is mega marketing at its best! Advertising by way of Building Wraps have become big business and it speaks for itself all over the country, especially in larger metropolitan cities. These amazingly vivid works of art can be looked at in one aspect as advertisements that transition a space on the side of a building into a marketing device which not only will grab one’s attention, but results in generating sales. Building Wraps are also used to mask construction sites where building renovations are being done, even to show the new architectural design of how the building will look by printing a representation of it on the Building Wrap itself. Building Wraps can be customized to cover most any shape structure. They can also be custom fit to hide scaffolding that is set up in front of a building. Building codes must be addressed when putting up a Building Wrap and because this type of signage is temporary, compliance with city codes are usually not as time consuming with fewer permit approvals compared to permanent signs. Using the right material for Building Wraps will make a big difference with the durability of the fabric and the print quality of the graphics that are displayed. Using a printable mesh with anywhere from 35% to 40% air flow will allow normal wind conditions to blow through adequately, which can mean the difference of the material holding up or becoming tattered and torn due to wind whip. Value Vinyls offers RIO 9 oz. Mesh Supreme that will provide beautiful eye catching graphics, yet durable for outdoor use in vigorous weather conditions and has adequate air flow for holding up in normal to turbulent winds. RIO 9 oz. Mesh Supreme has proven itself many times over, displaying beautiful artwork and brand messaging on skyscrapers and other city tower buildings across the country. Known projects up to 11,000 square feet have been done with RIO 9 oz. Mesh Supreme. RIO 9 oz. Mesh Supreme has superior digital printability using solvent, UV or Latex Inks and is available with a film liner for large format printers that require a backing. RIO 9 oz. comes in several roll widths including a 196” width to accommodate for large building surface areas with fewer weld seams. So if you are currently printing Building Wraps or you have a grand format printer and are possibly looking to start, Value Vinyls is your trusted source! Contact us for more information and a printable sample. We are here to help. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-716-6651
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By: Marc Shellshear / Dr. Shade Typical testing for shade cloth is as important as the fabric itself! The reason is evident; when you spend the time and money to build an expensive structure that holds the shade cloth itself, you want the fabric to withstand all elements. In this article, we are going to discuss typical testing for commercial shade cloth. There are several tests that are considered standard tests. Australia leads the globe in shade cloth protection so their standards are the benchmark for testing shade cloth, most companies test to Australian standards. Value Vinyls is the sole distributor and stocks a full color line of Monotec 370 Shade Cloth, manufactured in Australia. First is a simple test used to determine the weight of the fabric however, weight doesn’t always equate to strength. There are many fabrics in the market that are lighter than others, but still out perform in the field of overall strength. It has everything to do with the way in which they are knitted. Monotec 370 shade cloth is one of the highest in weight and later in this article I will discuss the strength factors. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 Next is a breaking force test; because knitted fabrics are opposite of woven fabrics, the warp yarns are traditionally the weaker of the two yarns. Breaking force tests are performed in both the warp and weft directions of the fabric. The Monotec shade cloth outperforms other products in both the warp and weft fibers in terms of breaking force. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 Another test is elongation, which is important because it determines how much pre-stress you can put on the fabric and determines the difficulty involved with patterning the fabric as you must account for the stretch factor when patterning. When it comes to elongation, the lower the number the better as that means less patterning concerns and the ability to tension on-site without possibilities of fabric stretching once it conforms to the environment. The closer the numbers are between the warp and weft also determine dimensional stability in the knit pattern itself. The Monotec product has a 24.4% differential in warp and weft. Monofilament yarns unlike tape yarns, have memory and do return to their original shape and size if stretched. Monotec 370 is one of the few all round monofilament fabrics on the market today and can stretch over 50% under load (IE: snow) and still return to its original shape and size. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 Then there is the tear resistance test, which is just as it states; the ability to resist tearing and nothing in the market today resists tearing like Monotec 370 Shade Cloth. Tear resistance is also measured in both the warp and weft directions. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 A final test looks at bursting pressure and bursting force which is the ability to resist impact tested in two different methods and again nothing will outperform the Monotec 370 product. The test standard for this test is AS2001.2.13 There are other important standards relating to shade cloth such as flame retardancy where fire codes would be involved with the structure. Monotec is one of the few products available that passes multiple fire ratings and has a California State Fire Marshall Title 19 approval, this is important when permitting projects as fire codes are becoming more stringent on fabric structures. Finally, one of the most important factors to consider when evaluating shade cloth is the Warranty it carries. Monotec offers the best warranty in the industry and has an award-winning reputation internationally. The life of the shade cloth depends on the construction and more importantly the quality of the UV stabilizer in the material of the shade cloth. Because the shade cloth absorbs some of the UVR, a shade cloth with less UV stabilizer may break-down, or fail in sunlight faster than other fabrics. This is the primary reason Monotec offers a 15-year warranty against UV failure on its Non-FR shade cloths as well as a 10 year on the FR shade cloth as flame retardants offset UV stabilizers. If you want to learn more about Monotec 370, contact me, Dr. Shade at email@example.com or call us at 877-959-7902, as we have the published data for most of our competitors and can provide you with the tools to compare Monotec to any of the competitors.
For most of us land pollution may not be the first thing on the mind every day, but consider this; due to land pollution, the earth loses approximately 25 billion tons of valuable top soil each year! Wow, now that gets my attention! Here’s another staggering statistic; it takes at least 500 years for 9.8 inches of top soil to regenerate! In addition, land pollution can cause skin problems, birth defects, respiratory issues and a number of other diseases. So here’s where I’m going with this; many industries who work with land polluting chemicals are under strict national guidelines to contain these chemicals and protect against land pollution. This means any type of chemical discharge or hazardous component must be contained and disposed of without polluting the landfill. Value Vinyls offers a proven Geomembrane Fabric, GTX-30 that contains and protects against the harshest chemicals with the assurance of no leaching into the ground. GTX-30 is a chemical resistant coated 30 oz. vinyl that has been developed to withstand long term exposure to an extensive range of harsh chemicals, including a number of harmful oils, acids and methane contaminates. GTX-30 is the optimum chemically resistant fabric for landfill pond liners, storm water runoff, municipal waste water ponds, containment, floor coverings, oil storage, and other applications where chemical containment is required. GTX-30 has also been engineered with superior physical strength, high durability, and welding and water repellant properties. GTX-30 is also puncture resistant and built with exceptional dimensional stability. Here’s the icing on the cake, GTX-30 carries a 7 year limited warranty to stand the test of time in the field. THE BOTTOM LINE; GTX-30 may be your containment solution! So if land polluting solutions are on your mind, I encourage you to take a look at GTX-30 and give this amazing product a try. For more information or to request a sample, click here or contact us at 877-716-6651
ARTICLE BY: Marc Shellshear / Dr. Shade Many different coatings, chemicals, and characteristics can be incorporated into fabrics to make them last longer, have better durability and different appearances. Soluna fabric is a 19-oz. waterproof fabric with a low sheen orange peel emboss. The interesting thing about this product is that it looks like an acrylic from a distance but has all the characteristics of a PVC. That means you can have the look and feel of acrylic but meet all the flame-retardancy requirements as the Soluna product passes ASTM E-84, NFPA-701, and CSFM – Title 19. Soluna has been used for awnings, canopies, and many other Industrial and Athletic applications because it is highly resistant to mildew and fungus and comes with a 5-year UV warranty. Value Vinyls has tested the product to over 1000 hours in our QUV testing machine with no fading. The orange peel emboss gives the product a unique matte finish and the acrylic lacquer adds to the overall durability of the product. The Soluna product is a unique alternative to traditional PVC and traditional Acrylic. As a fabricator in the industry for over 20 years, I view our Soluna product to be a truly unique product for your customer’s applications. The product is easily weldable using hot air, wedge, or RF/HF welding. Additionally, it has a great hand, is easy to fabricate and offers your customers a unique solution to an old problem of water repellant versus waterproof with Acrylic awning fabrics. Soluna is also easy for commercial permitting because of the multiple fire ratings. Contact myself at firstname.lastname@example.org / 940-205-0434 or contact our Value Vinyls Sales Support team at email@example.com / 877-716-6651 if you are interested in receiving more information regarding Soluna and samples.
Value Vinyls is pleased to announce Marc Shellshear as our new Director of Sales – Structure Fabrics. Marc (aka Dr. Shade) is well known and highly regarded in the fabrics industry. Marc’s technical and sales experience offers over 20 years of expertise in the specialty textiles, architectural, engineering and construction industries. Previously, Marc was Vice President of Commercial Sales at Gale Pacific Inc. for nearly two years and Senior Vice President of Sales Administration at USA Shade & Fabric Structures for five years. Marc’s many notable professional projects include Nissan and Volkswagen Auto Plants in Tennessee, Texas Rangers Ballpark, Texas Motor Speedway, Walmart stores, Kmart stores, Tucson International Airport, George Bush International Airport-Houston as well as many medical and military facilities. His vast array of experience and achievements in the industry have earned him several positions of leadership and public business groups. This includes IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) Education Committee Chairman, FSA (Fabric Structures Association) Current Board of Directors, Lifetime Master Fabric Craftsman Certification and Lifetime Industrial Fabric Manager Certification, among many others. With Marc’s in depth experience, he is sought after to speak at engagements such as structure, shadecloth and construction seminars and trade shows. Since 1984, Value Vinyls has been committed to offering quality industrial and structure fabrics by listening to our customers’ needs and providing a high level of service. We invite you to contact Marc for any structure or architectural fabric needs. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 940-205-0434. We look forward to any request or challenge and are ready to help you with all your structure fabrics requirements.
From time to time we hear of a new “superbug” making the rounds and the concerns or difficulty with keeping these new strains of bacteria under control. Here in the United States, a superbug that has been of ongoing concern is MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureaus), with over 1% of the human population being carriers of this bacteria. MRSA is a form of staphylococcus (staph) infection and was first identified as such in 1968. This troubling form of bacteria is of major concern due to its strong resistance to the most common available antibiotic drugs. Although the fatality rate is low, there is much uncertainty as to why some people are more susceptible to severe, and while rare, sometimes fatal infections from MRSA. Statistics show that 1 in 100 children playing in a gym or 1 in 100 patients in a hospital carry and can easily spread the varying strains of staph including MRSA on commonly used surfaces like exercise mats, wall pads and medical beds. The good news is Value Vinyls can help minimize the spread of the varying staph bacterias with our selection of specialized products! We have extensive expertise and a strong emphasis on product development addressing the most common types of staph bacteria, including MRSA. Some of Value Vinyls’ most popular fabrics are treated with DuraGUARD or BACshield anti-fungal and anti-bacterial additives, ensuring these products exceed all safety testing standards. DuraGUARD is an EPA-registered additive that prevents 99.99% bacterial growth on a product, making the spread of MRSA or any other type staphylococcus nearly impossible to grow. Advantage Sportiva 18 oz. coated vinyl from Value Vinyls is a premium athletic product treated with DuraGUARD EPA-registered anti-microbial treatment. BACshield is an additive that is 99% staphylococcuus resistant, and provides the same amount of protection as DuraGUARD. Champion 14, Impact 16, Advantage MVP 18 and Suplex 24 athletic vinyl products are amongst the Value Vinyls products that include the high performing BACshield additive. It is important to ensure that products manufactured with vinyl for recreation centers, schools, hospitals, daycares, gymnasiums and other public spaces are made with the appropriate, certified vinyl to ensure consistent protection from MRSA and other harmful fungus and bacteria. Our very simple advice – don’t use truck tarp vinyls for fighting Staph! Pads and mats made from untreated truck tarp vinyl can be culprits for spreading MRSA to athletes, patients and kids who come in contact with them. Eliminate fear and ensure your customers of increased safety by using the DuraGUARD and BACshield treated vinyl fabrics from Value Vinyls for your important projects! For further and more detailed information on this very important safety matter, please click here to view and download the Value Vinyls Engineered Protection brochure. You can also contact our team on 877-716-6651.
It is in our nature to be aware and become educated on what can and cannot harm us. This is a process which we live by and encounter everyday. We all have concerns about what will harm us and the steps we must take to keep us from danger. Value Vinyls understands this and through our dedicated research & development we seek out the answers up front in providing material that is going to keep you safe and meet the most stringent safety standards. Do you want to know more? We have developed an informative educational brochure about our Engineered Protection Fabrics available to fabricators who build products for the athletic, medical and daycare industries. Value Vinyls has spent a great deal of research time in providing quality materials that will combat the growth of bacteria and mildew on our products that may come in contact with human skin. The Engineered Protection Brochure will provide to you a full understanding of how our Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Microbial and Anti-Mildew Treatments will combat some of the toughest staph growths including one of the toughest, the MRSA bacteria strain. If you would like your own copy of this valuable brochure, along with other materials about how you can protect your customer, simply click here and we will immediately mail it to you. You may also view a digital PDF version of our Engineered Protection Brochure. Contact our Sales Support team at 877-716-6651 or email@example.com and we’ll answer any additional questions that you may have.
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I am amazed by the growth that is happening in the Fitness world! In fact, since the year 2000 Fitness has become a Very Healthy Industry! Get this…The number of health clubs in the United States has grown from nearly 16,000 in 2000 to over 36,000 in 2016, with an increase in members from 32.8 million to over 55 million in the same time. Now, really listen to this… what’s most exciting to us in the Athletic Fabric and Equipment industries is that in the U.S., sales of sports equipment are over 5 billion dollars annually! You can bet that every fitness club has exercise pieces that require a “skid-proof” fabric to prevent both the person working out and the exercise equipment itself from not slipping or skidding while in use. EverGRIP22 is the solution! Value Vinyls has the perfect material that will handle anti-skid issues! This 22-oz. material is an unbalanced, high-grip, anti-skid coated vinyl fabric with a diamond emboss. EverGRIP22 is used for exercise pieces such as Plyo-Boxes and the underside of Exercise and Gymnastics Mats. Built to take a Beating! Yes, this fabric is tough and it withstands great physical stress, while its Easy Handling is key to the fabricator. EverGRIP22 has a soft supple hand for easy fabrication, yet well-constructed with a 90/10 coating and a half-panama weave for high tear and tensile strength. Wow, now that’s having your cake and losing weight too! Value Vinyls has many types of Athletic Vinyl and Mesh Fabrics that range in application use for Indoor Gymnasium Curtains, Wall Pads, Punching Bags and Children’s Exercise Shapes to Outdoor Dummy Bags, Jumping Pads, Stadium Pads as well as Athletic Waterpark Facility Shade and Awning Fabrics. Consult our Sales Support Team at 866-799-5126 to learn more about this product or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know there are an estimated 15.5 million trucks operating on United States roads at any given time, logging over 400 billion miles each year? Some statistics I reviewed recently showed the United States economy depends on trucks to deliver nearly 70% of all freight transported annually, accounting for over $600 billion worth of manufactured and retail goods. That’s a lot of trucks on the road at any given time and fortunately for our industry, many of these trucks require truck tarps! Today, Value Vinyls supports many companies across the North America with an extensive range of products for truck tarp applications. These fabrics are developed to handle even the most extreme conditions, such as frigid cold or scorching hot temperatures, including ice and snow, sleet, rain, hail and even wind whip from open-road hauling. Taking all of these things into account, manufacturing suitable truck tarps can bring challenges to fabricators both in the fabric selection due to fabric performance characteristics and also in the fabrication process itself. With over 30 years of experience in truck tarp fabric development, the team at Value Vinyls has the expertise and knowledge to help you tackle these challenges and get the job done right. Let’s explore some of these challenges along with the Value Vinyls solutions. Delamination is a bad word! Truck Tarps are constantly handled and must be flexible to perform with constant folding, unfolding and maneuvering of the goods they are protecting. Without flexibility the material may be subject to delamination which is the breakdown and separation of the coating from the scrim, ultimately leading to the weakening of the fabric. This issue is common however, not with fabrics from Value Vinyls! Uniquely, all truck tarp fabrics from Value Vinyls have increased flexibility to help minimize delamination and ensure product longevity. Attacking cold-crack! Exposure to below freezing temperatures and even lower wind chill temperatures from wind exposure on the open road can lead to cold-crack and the rapid deterioration of the fabric. Value Vinyls understands the specialized fabric formulation required for truck tarp fabrics to withstand up to -30 degree temperatures from cold-crack and can assure you our products do this. Forget the mold and mildew! When exposed to moisture, truck tarp fabrics can form mold and mildew in the seams and crevices, which can lead to the fabric looking unsightly and longer-term deterioration of the fabric. With the inclusion of anti-fungus and anti-mildew additives to keep bacteria from growing, Value Vinyls truck tarp fabrics are high performing and will look great longer. Combating against UV fading and degradation! Truck Tarps are constantly exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays. UV leads to color fade as well as degradation of the top coating. Value Vinyls’ formulation includes superior levels of UV treatment to ensure truck tarp fabrics withstand the sun’s harsh rays. Oh, how supple it is! One of the most common concerns for a fabricator is the fabric is hard to handle during the fabrication process. We understand the importance of this and our truck tarp fabric range includes products with a supple hand to make it easier when cutting, sewing or welding during manufacturing and installation. Of course the larger the truck tarp, the harder it will always be to manage! Value Vinyls’ material can be worked on in large yardage needs with no problems. When it comes to industrial vinyl and truck tarp fabrics that are exposed to all types of elements and extreme conditions, the team at Value Vinyls are your trusted advisors. Talk to our experienced team today and explore our extensive range of all-weather truck tarp fabric solutions! Consult our Sales Support Team at 866-799-5126 to learn more about this product or email us at email@example.com
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