According to State of the Industry, an article published in April 2017 by Industrial Fabrics Association International’s (IFAI) In Tents, sales for fabricators in the U.S. and Canada continues to be highly favorable. The Stats • Specifically, sales were 24.1 million square yards in 2016, up 4-percent over 2015. • Sales were projected to be 25.3 million square yards in 2017, up 5-percent over 2016. • The party and event rental market grew 6-percent in 2016 • Was expected to grow by 7-percent in 2017. Pressure on Fabricators These numbers are impressive. Growth, however, is usually bitter-sweet. With more demand on tent fabricators there is increased pressure to produce quality products in less time and without quality issues. Reputations are at stake to provide a quality product, which is why it’s important to us that you can rely on your tent fabrics. Our #1 Tip to Success: Connect with a Partner • Reputation matters A reputable partner who is available to work with you to ensure your fabric meets your needs can make all the difference. We strive to be that partner. • Service counts Our qualified customer service specialists can reroute your delivery, explain fabric limitations and benefits, provide specs, and answer questions about fabrication. • Developed and tested fabrics make the difference Our tent fabric collection was formulated and tested by our in-house product development team to ensure our vinyl fabric provides consistent quality, withstands constant handling, and endures adverse weather conditions while remaining supple for fabrication. Having been a successful industrial fabrics supplier to fabricators for decades, we deeply understand the value of performance and reputation. We’ll partner with you and guard your reputation as our own. Our tent fabrics are high in quality, range from 13 oz. to 22 oz. and offer various features. What are your tent, sidewall or semi-permanent structure needs? Call us at 877-716-6651!

Hello, Dr. Shade here! I’m excited this month to talk about one of my passions, IFAI, which for those of you that don’t know is the Industrial Fabrics Association International. IFAI is a volunteer based organization that brings together everyone in the Industrial Fabrics Markets. IFAI allows the members to share ideas with their peers and connect with industry suppliers, as well as other manufacturers. IFAI has divisions that allow members to focus with their specific industry peers. The divisions are Advanced Textiles, Awnings, Equipment, Fabric Graphics, Fabric Structures, Geosynthetics, Makers, Marine, Military, Narrow Fabrics, Tarp, Tent, U.S. Industrial Fabrics, IFAI Canada, IFAI Japan, and IFAI New Zealand. Once a year we have a tradeshow known as the IFAI Expo, typical attendance over the past few years has been around 5,000 attendees. I serve as the Chairman of the Fabric Structures Association and have been involved with IFAI for over 20 years. I can tell you it is a great organization run by some immensely talented people and the key is the volunteers from within the industry that make the association work. This year’s expo was well attended and we had a variety of education sessions on Tuesday that were all very well attended. I attended several sessions, the first session was on Shade Sails, presented by Tim Kohler, Lawrence Fabric Structures, and Tim Akes, with MPanel Software Solutions. Tim Kohler presented several case studies while Tim Akes explained how software was used throughout the process to develop the designs, patterning, and bills of material. The next session was about how codes and permitting impact your business. It was put on by Ron Astley, State of New Hampshire Department of Safety and Paul Armstrong, whom is an independent consultant and ex building official. The attendance was high and having a building and fire official in the same room much less presenting together was a great session. It was great to hear both perceptions from the standpoint of fire safety and building safety explaining some of the codes and how they affect our industry. I spoke on how to work with architects and was joined by Mary Gilmore, AIA of Campo Architects based in New Orleans. Mary spoke on things to look for when calling and presenting to architects. Mary’s key takeaway was knowing your audience and tailoring your presentation to meet your audience’s needs. I did a short presentation on how to present the AIA CE approved Fabric Structures Association presentation on Fabric Structures, where to begin. The next education session was on Market Opportunities for Shade. This session was presented by Daniel W. McElmurray, Landscape Architect for the City of New Orleans and Margueritte Ramos, President of ShadeFLA. This session had several case studies presented by Mr. McElmurray on several New Orleans park projects. Mrs. Ramos’s presentation was on some of the latest technology in shade structures as well as unique solutions to shading. The final presentation for the day was Mass to Membrane presented by Nick Goldsmith, FAIA LEED AP. I must admit Nick is one of my favorite speakers and he also has a new book coming out about tensile membrane structures. Nick spoke on the history and future of fabric structures. He had several projects he used as examples as FTL, Nick’s firm has done hundreds of technically challenging projects all over the world. There were many social networking opportunities including the PAMA (Professional Awning Manufacturers Association) Pub Night which was a huge success. The Expo Plus reception, IFAI Past Chairman’s Reception/Volunteer Leadership Recognition Dinner, Shade Sail demonstration on the show floor, Opening Reception, Keynote Sessions, and Student Design Challenge winners. If you didn’t make the Expo in New Orleans this past year be sure to join us next year in Dallas, TX. Value Vinyls will be displaying at Booth #1221. IFAI will be partnering with CAMX (Composites and Advanced Materials Expo) and the dates are October 15th through October 18th, 2018. We are here to work with you on your next project, with some of the best people in the business on our team. For more information contact us at the following link Value Vinyls, or call us at 877-716-6651. Should you have any questions about the IFAI show and the meetings that were held, feel free to contact me, Marc Shellshear / AKA; Dr. Shade at 940-205-0434. Thanks for your time! Marc  

Hurricane Harvey: One Story of Many

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    Kimber capturing huge piles of drywall, personal possessions and garbage. Hurricane Harvey has affected many people in Southern Texas. We would like to express how grateful we are to the many people in Texas and throughout the country who responded with such generosity and speed to the widespread devastation. Value Vinyls’ Senior Account Manager and North Houston resident, Kimber Easthom, has been volunteering with clean up and recovery efforts. Through her experience, here is little insight into how lives have been impacted. One home owner struggled to make it out of her home with her dogs before it was too late. She returned to find her home in total ruins. Additionally, Kimber learned that many of the owner’s personal possessions like jewelry and furniture were tossed out by a drywall removal crew in error. Being touched by the owner’s story, Kimber and friends kicked into high-gear to retrieve as much of the owner’s possessions as possible. Kimber recalled, “It was pretty incredible to see so many different people coming together to help.” She added, “There were trucks delivering sandwiches and water. Others were helping with laundry to save clothing. Some cleaning out houses and organizing salvageable possessions.” Describing her experience, Kimber said, “Seeing it all first hand was just so heartwarming and overwhelming. It was amazing to see how people can come together. There is still much to be done.”   In response, all of us at the Dallas headquarters put together a car load of supplies and our very own Lauris Diaz, Accounting Manager, delivered the supplies to Kimber. Fortunately, this story of overcoming and community is just one of thousands. Again, we at Value Vinyls express our thanks to all who have pitched in and to those who are still helping our Houstonian neighbors recover. If you would like to help, we encourage you to donate to the Salvation Army. By designating Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria, 100% of your donation will go to your choice. Salvation Army or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

A big THANK YOU to all IFAI attendees that stopped by our booth to visit and check out the latest Industrial, Structure and Shade Fabrics that will meet or exceed today’s demanding requirements. Our entire sales force and internal sales staff were focused and available for face-to-face customer relationships and were happy to answer any questions that were asked. On display we featured Monotec Commercial Shadecloth, Soluna19 ounce Printable Awning Fabric as well as our extensive lines of Athletic and Transportation Fabrics, including SIOEN Truck Side Curtain and Sliding Systems Materials. Our extensive lines of fabric are used in many applications for Indoor and Outdoor Athletic facilities, Dock Seal, Event Tent, Industrial Mesh, Inflatables, Medical, Agriculture, Containment, Truck Tarp and Architectural Structures. If you have an interest in any of our products, feel free to contact us at this link, or give our Customer Service Specialists a call at this number; 877-716-6651. We are ready to provide you with answers and help you with all your fabric requirements.

Value Vinyls is a family owned and operated company established in 1984 with much success in providing unmatched products and service to a highly diversified and growing industry of fabricators requiring industrial fabrics to make their products. Much of the company’s strength is due to the dedicated employees who are superior at the work. Our goal is to offer high quality products at competitive prices while providing unmatched customer service and sales support. This goal applies to all departments within our company, in that regardless of the task, it is for the benefit of our customer. Our Inside Customer Support Team has over 30 years of combined experience and trained to handle from your everyday to most complicated business needs. Additionally our team includes technically experienced manufacturer’s representatives located across the United States. Value Vinyls has the perfect combination of expertise and resources to work closely with you in developing your own customized product program to meet your exact requirements. Whether it is stocked products of products customized to your specifications, we can provide solutions with the help of our endless capabilities. Value Vinyls will be exhibiting at the 2017 IFAI EXPO / Booth #1127, to be held Sept. 27th – 29th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Our knowledgeable sales & support personnel will be available at the booth and ready to help with your fabric interests. Are You Planning to Attend Looking for Particular Fabrics? Contact us now and we’ll do our homework to provide you fabric options and present them to you at the show. You can reach out to us by calling 877-716-6651 or email us at or click on this Contact Us Link and leave a note. We are ready to help you with your fabric needs! Complimentary 3-Day Show Floor Pass – Please enjoy this invitation, compliments of Value Vinyls at Booth #1127.Use this VIP CODE: EP306 Enter the VIP Code at the beginning of the registration form to redeem free show floor admission. You will have the option to upgrade your registration if you are interested in any additional events or education. Register at:

Established in 1984 Value Vinyls was founded to provide industrial vinyl primarily to the truck tarp industry. Since the beginning we have been leading the industry with our customizable and affordable lines of stocked transportation fabric inventory. Value Vinyls offers a wide range of widths, weights, colors and treatments using top quality raw materials to achieve the highest results for tear, abrasion, and coating adhesion. Our extensive line of truck tarp fabrics offer durability and are extremely flexible, even in cold vigorous weather conditions. Value Vinyls over the years have broadened our offerings to provide cutting edge fabrics in other industries. We have earned a strong reputation as a leader in the Athletics and Dock Seal Industries. Our athletic fabrics are engineered to endure rigorous indoor and outdoor usage with a wide variety of materials designed to meet today’s tough application requirements. A full variety of treatment options to meet all safety standards, including FR, Anti-Mildew and Low to No Lead options are available. Rounding out our extensive athletics line includes a broad range of colors, embosses, widths, weights and put ups, with custom options to meet your specific color, width, put up requirements, etc. Value Vinyls’ industry recognized Dock Seal materials are built with strength and outdoor durability in mind. We offer a full range of products engineered for wear plates, lightweight and heavy weight dock seals and dock shelters. Our high Value Vinyls will be exhibiting these product lines along with other industrial, structural and shade fabrics at the 2017 IFAI EXPO / Booth #1127 to be held Sept. 27th – 29th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Are You Planning to Attend Looking for Particular Fabrics? Contact us now and we’ll do our homework to provide you fabric options and present them to you at the show. You can reach out to us by calling 877-716-6651 or email us at or click on this Contact Us Link and leave a note. We are ready to help you with your fabric needs! Complimentary 3-Day Show Floor Pass – Please enjoy this invitation, compliments of Value Vinyls at Booth #1127.Use this VIP CODE: EP306 Enter the VIP Code at the beginning of the registration form to redeem free show floor admission. You will have the option to upgrade your registration if you are interested in any additional events or education. Register at:

If you are in the market for Shadecloth or Awning fabrics, Value Vinyls has the right choice for you to consider. Value Vinyls is setting the Industry Standard with Monotec 370 Shadecloth. This award winning, globally recognized fabric is uniquely engineered using 100% round monofilament yarn and has earned the reputation as the strongest shadecloth available in the industry today. Monotec Shadecloth is especially resilient in extreme high wind events such as hurricanes and tornadoes. This durable fabric has been engineered to hold its shape and will not stretch, requiring no manual re-tensioning. This makes the product highly favorable to engineers and architects when considering resistance to devastating weather conditions. Monotec shadecloth meets all FR standards including CSFM, Title 19 and is available in 15 popular colors. For more info on Monotec, click here. In addition, Value Vinyls offers Soluna awning material, a 19 oz. waterproof fabric with a low sheen orange peel emboss. Soluna is excellent for awnings, canopies or can be used for any commercial area where there is a need for shade from the sun. This durable material has superior tensile & tear strength, is flame resistant and has exceeded 1000 hours of UV testing, making Soluna one of the most UV resistant awning materials in the industry. Soluna comes in 11 popular colors. Both of these shade style product lines will be on exhibit at the 2017 IFAI Expo, Value Vinyls booth #1127, to be held September 27th – 29th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Are You Planning to Attend IFAI? Contact us and we’ll do our homework to provide you fabric options and present them to you at the show. You can reach out to us by calling 877-716-6651, emailing us at or leaving us a note. We are ready to help you with your fabric needs! Complimentary 3-Day Show Floor Pass – Please enjoy this invitation, compliments of Value Vinyls at Booth #1127.Use this VIP CODE: EP306 Enter the VIP Code at the beginning of the registration form to redeem free show floor admission. You will have the option to upgrade your registration if you are interested in any additional events or education. Register at:  

This month we will complete everyone’s favorite subject, flame retardancy and testing! The good news is, this is the last of three blogs addressing the three main FR testing methods. To refresh from my previous blog, the three FR test methods used for most Architectural Fabrics, Shadecloth and Vinyl Material are ASTM E-84, NFPA 701, and California State Fire Marshall (CSFM) Title 19. In my last two Dr. Shade blogs, we covered the CSFM and NFPA 701, so this month we are covering the ASTM E-84 Fire Retardancy test method. ASTM E-84 is a voluntary industry FR specification, and ASTM International who is an international standards organization, does not keep the detailed records on which fabrics pass. ASTM is typically used for wall covering and was the industry FR test standard for many years. It is now mostly used for indoor fabrics and some specialty outdoor fabrics. So, what is ASTM E84? ASTM E-84 is intended to provide only comparative measurements of surface flame spread and smoke density with that of select grade red oak and fiber-cement board surfaces under the specific fire exposure conditions. Simply put, ASTM E-84 measures the flame spread and smoke index, which are considered the surface burning characteristics of a material. Depending on the numbers, materials can have classifications of Class A, B, or C according to NFPA, ANSI/NFPA No. 101, “life Safety Code”, 2006 Edition, or IBC (International Building Code), 2006 Edition, Chapter 8, Interior Finishes, Section 803, if they pass any level of this standard.  The test is conducted in a fire tunnel using a 22″ x 24′ sample of the material.  The ignition source is 7 seconds in duration, total test is 10 minutes.  The flame front cannot exceed 24” during the test.  Results are expressed as Flame Spread Index, and Smoke Developed Value.  Following are the criteria for each level of this test, regardless of whether NFPA or IBC. For products that pass these criteria Class A, Flame Spread 1-25, Smoke Developed Less than or equal to 450 Class B, Flame Spread 26-75, Smoke Developed Less than or equal to 450 Class C, Flame Spread 76-200, Smoke Developed Less than or equal to 450 Please note, this test is comparable to UL 723, ANSI/NFPA No 255, and UBC No. 8-1 ASTM International does not do testing and certification of fabric, so you’ll need to have your material tested by an independent testing lab if you require a certificate. Value Vinyls have many fabrics that meet ASTM E-84 Standards. For more information contact us at the following link Value Vinyls, or call us at 877-716-6651. SOURCE American Society for Testing and Materials SOURCE National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) SOURCE Office of the California State Fire Marshal

Value Vinyls has been servicing Fabricators of Industrial Materials throughout all of North America for over 43 years! Our knowledgeable sales staff is committed to providing an extensive range of industrial fabrics with sound working solutions, a business practice we work hard to live up to everyday. We offer vinyl fabrics for a wide range of applications to include truck tarps, athletic and medical products. But that is just part of our offerings; we also provide high quality unique fabrics for many specialty indoor and outdoor applications, including dock seal, oil booms and geo-containment. Adding to our expertise, Value Vinyls offers an extensive range of structure fabrics specified for engineered applications. We carry Soluna Awning Material and are the exclusive suppliers in North America of SIOEN Architectural Fabrics and Monotec 370 Shadecloth from Pro-Knit Industries. Value Vinyls will be exhibiting at the 2017 IFAI EXPO / Booth #1127 to be held Sept. 27th – 29th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Are You Planning to Attend Looking for Particular Fabrics? Contact us now and we’ll do our homework to provide you fabric options and present them to you at the show. You can reach out to us by calling 877-716-6651 or email us at or click on this Contact Us Link to leave a note. We are ready to help you with your fabric needs! Complimentary 3-Day Show Floor Pass – Please enjoy this invitation, compliments of Value Vinyls at Booth #1127. Use this VIP CODE: EP306 Enter the VIP Code at the beginning of the registration form to redeem free show floor admission. You will have the option to upgrade your registration if you are interested in any additional events or education. Register at:

Hello, Dr. Shade here. I’m excited to introduce to you the SIOEN line of high quality Fluomax Structural Fabrics. As Director of Structure Fabric Sales for Value Vinyls, I work closely with SIOEN and know the quality of their products and the way they stand behind them. I’m proud to say that Value Vinyls is the Sole North American Supplier of SIOEN Structure Fabrics as well as other SIOEN Industrial Style Fabrics. SIOEN is the world market leader in coated technical textiles and technical apparel, protecting people and their belongings. SIOEN manufactures a broad range of tension structure fabrics and competes on a global scale against the largest tension structure fabric manufacturers. SIOEN is the world’s largest coater with completely integrated vertical manufacturing from start to finish. SIOEN manufactures coated fabrics ranging from 650 GSM to 1600 GSM, offering three types of coating options used to protect the fabrics from UV. One option is a PVDF Fluomax coating, applied on the top side of the fabric and Acrylic coating on the bottom. This formulation is referred to as “E” finish, and is designated after the fabric type. Another option is referred to as the “F” finish, and this option has a PVDF Fluomax coating applied on the top and bottom of the fabric. A third option is the “T” finish, which Titanium PVDF Fluomax is applied on the top and a PVDF Fluomax is coating on the bottom. The primary difference in these three options is the lifespan and durability of the fabric. While the “E” finish is a 10-year warranty the “F” and “T” options are 15 and 20-year options respectfully. All SIOEN line tension structure fabrics are designated by a “T” at the front of the product number and the E, F, or T coating type at the end. These SIOEN Fluomax Fabrics use a yarn with an Anti-wicking treatment to guard against wicking, making them more stable and assuring a longer life span. Sioen fabrics are the world standard and line up against many of the most well-known fabric brands here in the United States, as well as compete against, and lead the charge on a global scale. Value Vinyls can provide full technical detail of the SIOEN line along with a comparison against the most popular brand of tension structure fabrics, including but not limited to the material, mechanical, and physical properties. See These Amazing Fabrics at The Upcoming IFAI Expo! Value Vinyls will be featuring these products at the upcoming IFAI EXPO, Sept. 27th– 29th in New Orleans, LA – Booth #1127. Stop in and visit with me. Just ask for Dr. Shade! FREE IFAI EXPO PASS – Need a free pass for the show? Click on this link and follow the registration instructions. Use CODE: EP306 in the box at the top of the online registration form marked VIP CODE. We are here to work with you on your next tension structure project. For more information contact us at the following link Value Vinyls, or call us at 877-716-6651.

The United States is exporting more and more goods each year. Exports in the United States have averaged 51,828.29 (in Millions USD) from 1950 until 2017, reaching an all-time high of 200,144 (in Millions USD) in October of 2014 up from 125,000 (in Millions USD) in 2009 and a record low of 772 (in Millions USD) in March of 1950. The US is currently on pace to meet the all-time high again this year. So, what is all this talk about REACH Standards and how does that equate to opportunities? First let’s address the standard. REACH is an acronym that stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH). REACH is a European Union regulation established in 2006 and in full force as of 2017 that addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and how they may impact human health and the environment. This standard is the strictest European law regulating chemical substances that affects industries all over the world. Close to 143,000 chemical substances is registered for used and 173,000 substances are on the SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) list. The European Chemicals Agency manages the administrative, technical and scientific elements of REACH and must be notified if there is a presence of SVHC’s in articles if the total quantity used is more than one ton per year and the SVHC is present at more than 0.1% of the mass of the object. Keeping pace with export vinyl materials that are becoming more in demand, Value Vinyls has developed several coated vinyl products that meet REACH standards. Available in 18, 22 and 40 ounce weights these durable products are designed for many general industrial type applications that require outdoor strength and wear ability. These products meet FR standards making them excellent for indoor use as well. Need something different than what is available? Value Vinyls has the capability to provide you with a customized product that will meet REACH standards; be it a special weight, width, emboss, color or top coating requirement. Contact us for more information or to request a sample, click here or contact us at 877-716-6651

There are three primary FR test methods that are used for Architectural Fabrics, Shadecloth and most Vinyl Fabrics; ASTM E-84, NFPA 701, and California State Fire Marshall (CSFM) Title 19. In my last blog we covered CSFM testing at length, so this month I will discuss the NFPA 701 test method. NFPA is an acronym for the National Fire Protection Association, which is a United States trade association made up of U.S. members and some international members. Founded in 1896, its primary purpose creates and maintains private, copyrighted standards and codes for usage and adoption by local governments. One of those standards is NFPA 701. So, what is NFPA 701? NFPA 701-15 (the most recent revision of the NFPA 701) measures the mass before test, mass after test, mass loss percentage, the number of seconds of any burning drips, and the after flame of the material in seconds during and after a specified burn period at a specified flame temperature.  Once the flame is extinguished the after flame in seconds is measured.  10 samples are tested, 5 in the machine direction, 5 in the cross direction (also known as warp/weft respectively).  This test is a Pass/Fail test based on the following criteria.  If the material fails any of the following criteria, it fails the test Mass Loss: 40% Maximum Average or Average + 3 Standard Deviations Maximum Individual Drip Burn/Afterflame: 2 seconds maximum average There are different sections of the test method itself, intended for different categories of products. NFPA 701 Test Method 1 is intended more for interior products such as curtains and draperies; NFPA 701 Test Method 2 is designed for outdoor materials such as awnings, tents, and tarps. Many state and local governments have not developed their own standards; instead they require that architectural fabrics used in public spaces meet the NFPA 701 standard. The 2005 Florida Fire Prevention Code, for example, specifies in Chapter 20 that fabric used in places of assembly must meet NFPA 701 standards. Some states and cities, however, have developed their own standards and/or procedures such as California with the State Fire Marshal, compliance with CSFM Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations. These requirements are separate and distinct from NFPA 701 standards. While the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts both accept NFPA 701 certification, New York City requires certification that fabrics meet requirements outlined in Title 27 (Chapters 1 and 4) of the New York Administrative Code, while the City of Boston requires that end users submit an application for a use permit, in advance, for each fabric to be used in a public space. NFPA 701 is a voluntary industry specification, and the NFPA does not keep the detailed records on which fabrics pass. NFPA 701 is, however, the flammability specification quoted in the International Building Code for products such as canopies. It is perhaps the most widely quoted flammability specification for specialty fabric products in the United States. The NFPA headquarters, located in Quincy MA is not a testing facility so any material tested will need to be done at an independent lab. Value Vinyls have many fabrics that meet NFPA 701 Standards. For more information contact us at the following link Value Vinyls, or call us at 877-716-6651. Stay Tuned… Dr. Shade’s final blog on FR test methods will be addressing the ASTM-E84 Class A Flame Retardant test method. SOURCE National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)    

When it comes to Value Vinyls’ complete line of vinyl products, rest assured we have given every product a full examination to validate their individual specifications. Why is this important? There are many products on the market today that are misrepresented or by using the right marketing twist, leads one to believe the product will perform better than the specifications will indicate. Value Vinyls operates a well-equipped laboratory used for testing and quality control of vinyl materials that we sell to our customers, as well as researching and testing of many vinyl materials that are in the development stages. This very important aspect of our company sets us apart from many of our competitors, giving us the opportunity to provide our customers with the exact products required to meet or exceed the specification standards they wish to achieve. Joshua Propp is the Senior Technical & Development Manager for Value Vinyls. His primary responsibilities are to work with our manufacturing sources keeping Value Vinyls on the cutting edge with the most current vinyl fabrics available in the industry today. Additionally, Josh oversees our in-house laboratory that is run by Mary Ann Scott, Quality Assurance Manager for Value Vinyls. Mary Ann handles the day to day lab operations and conducts testing projects. The Value Vinyls Laboratories offer a full range of tests that are critical for meeting the customers’ product specifications, including; Abrasion; Adhesion; Tongue & Trapezoid Tear, Grab & Strip Tensile; Elongation; Puncture; Color Consistency; UV; Fading; Yellowing; Crazing; Cracking and Hazing; and much more. To learn more about Value Vinyls Laboratories or any of our products contact us at this link: Value Vinyls or call 877-716-6651.  

This month with Dr. Shade we are going to talk about Flame Retardancy for shadecloth, which to some folks is an ugly subject or to others a real bother, but as mom would say, “It’s for your own good”! There are three main test methods for shadecloth as well as other exterior architectural fabrics. They are; ASTM E-84, NFPA 701 Method 2, and one of the toughest tests to pass; the California State Fire Marshall Title 19 or (CSFM Title 19). Each of these tests has a separate method and while all of them promulgate flammability specifications, you cannot get one certificate that covers them all. Today we are going to address in depth the CSFM Title 19 Test Method and its importance to shadecloth. Did you know that Value Vinyls is proud to be the sole U.S. distributor for Monotec 370 Shadecloth, which is the only Mono/Mono shade cloth on the market today with a CSFM Title 19 pass certificate. This certificate must be renewed on an annual basis and Value Vinyls has just received the renewed certificate. So, what is CSFM Title 19? California State Fire Marshal Title 19. The state of California is a frontrunner in the United States when it comes to flammability, often initiating stricter flammability requirements before the rest of the country. This means that California State Fire Marshal certification is sometimes recognized outside of California, so it’s a specification you need to be aware of. Of course, the opposite is also true. When presented with a flame certificate from the CSFM, some local code officials may question the certificate. Knowing how it compares to other specifications may be of assistance in that situation. (See chart below.) In addition to differences in test specifics, such as sample size and exposure to the flame source, the CSFM specification differs from the rest in one other important aspect—documentation. In order to qualify for CSFM certification, a fabric manufacturer not only must have their materials tested by an independent lab approved by the CSFM, but also send the material directly to the CSFM office to be tested there. The result is extra bureaucracy for the fabric suppliers, but a handy tool for end-product manufacturers. The Fire Engineering Department at the California State Fire Marshal has an online database of fabrics and films that have achieved its certification. Go to Monotec 370 FR is the only shadecloth on the market today that meets all the FR specifications noted above and is the strongest fabric on the market along with having the best warranty in the business; 15 years for non-FR and 10 years for FR. Value Vinyls has recently renewed our Monotec 370 FR CSFM Title 19 certification, click HERE if you would like us to send you the latest copy along with a Monotec brochure, or call us at 877-716-6651 to discuss the options for your project using Monotec. Stay Tuned… Dr. Shade’s next blog will be addressing the NFPA-701 & ASTM-E84 Class A Flame Retardant test methods.   SOURCE American Society for Testing and Materials SOURCE National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) SOURCE Office of the California State Fire Marshal

Summer is near which means the sun is beating down on us all and Melanoma is a concern! According to the AIM at Melanoma Foundation, Melanoma accounts for about 1% of all skin cancer cases, but makes up the vast majority of skin cancer deaths. Here is the eye opener, an estimated 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017. An estimated 9,730 people will die of melanoma in 2017. That’s an alarming 11% death ratio. What is the cause? Nearly all melanomas are caused by the sun! Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the primary risk factor for melanoma. Most people will take cover from the sun’s heat without even thinking of the UV exposure. The good news is, learning how you can protect yourself from UV radiation can help reduce your risk of melanoma. Because of the increased awareness of this deadly disease, many recreation facilities, businesses with outdoor seating, pools, parks, and other public venues are installing shade structures for protection from the sun. These structures can range from pavilions with a solid roof to structures that are built with shadecloth fabrics. This means the demand has gone up for shadecloth fabrics that will block both heat and UV rays. Value Vinyls offers Monotec 370 Shadecloth which blocks the heat and most importantly, harmful UV rays, providing a comfortable shaded area below. Manufactured by Pro-Knit Industries in Australia, Monotec 370 is a globally recognized, award winning, high performance shadecloth and is the perfect fabric solution for architectural shade sails and structures. Monotec 370 has no Re-Tensioning after installation, is highly wind & tear resistant and carries the industry’s only 15-year UV warranty; 10-year warranty for FR colors. For more information on Monotec 370 Shadecloth or any of our vinyl products, contact us at this link: Value Vinyls or call 877-716-6651. To learn more about Melanoma or to donate towards the fight against Melanoma click on this link: Melanoma Research Foundation

With the advanced technology that is now available in printing equipment, the ease of digital and screen printing is being used on almost any type of substrate. We are experiencing a higher demand for industrial vinyl material that is printable. One example where we have seen a significant increase is in the school systems for printable fabrics used in gymnasiums and field sports. More wall pads, gym mats and landing pads are being personalized with team mottos and logos done in school colors. The National Center for Educational Statistics indicates there are close to 100,000 public schools and over 33,000 private schools with an additional 7,000 post-secondary schools in the United States. Now that is a fair number of gymnasiums and fields used for sports! Many other institutions are using printable materials for similar applications, including over 36,000 Fitness Centers and 227 sports stadiums with a seating capacity of 20,000 + as several more examples. As well, there are many other industrial markets that are using fabric for messaging and advertising. With all that said the question is, do you have a need for printable industrial vinyl? Value Vinyls is the premiere supplier of industrial PVC for many industries in need of printable vinyl. We produce a wide variety of PVC laminated and coated reinforced vinyl fabrics and vinyl mesh for every type of industrial application. Our printable PVC vinyl is designed to be durable and available in many different colors and embosses. These products are treated against UV and mildew, assuring your indoor-outdoor products can withstand adverse weather conditions. On top of all that, we offer PVC vinyl options that are fire retardant and CPSIA (6P) certified, have no detection of DnHP (7P), contain the lowest levels of lead on the market, and are phthalate-free, guaranteeing they are safe for children. Here are just a few of our primary printable industrial vinyl offerings and the applications/markets they are being used in: Athletic Soluna – Used for Stadium Wall Pads Champion MVP14 – Used for Gym Wall Pad, Mats and other Indoor Athletic Components Impact 16 – Used for Dummies, Landing Mats and other Indoor and Outdoor Athletic Components Sportiva 18 – Gymnasium Child Shapes, Floor Mats, Wall Pads and other Indoor Athletic Components Transportation Advantage MVP 18 – Used for Truck Tarps, Outdoor Tarps, Specialty Industrial Uses SIOEN B6000 – Used for Truck Side Curtains and Speed Doors in Commercial Warehouses Structure Fabrics StructureTec 22 PVC Vinyl Tensile Structure Fabric – Used for Tent Tops & Siding Soluna – Used for Awnings Mesh Fabrics CrossCourt Dip Coated Mesh 8 – Used for Windscreen on Tennis Court & Construction Site Fencing To learn more about our entire line of printable industrial vinyl contact us at 877-716-6651 or click on this link: Contact Us

You could say that Tammy Glover, in many ways, is the face of Value Vinyls. Her infectious smile and bright personality have been radiant at the company for the last 22 years! Yes, that is not a typo… Tammy has been an important part of Value Vinyls for close to a quarter century and believe me, she knows her vinyl! We have customers that refuse to visit with anyone else! Tammy is a Texas girl born and raised here all her life. She has a golden heart and is always doing something special for someone in the office. Be it making a cake for a birthday or handing out candy at her desk to anyone who walks by, she is always making someone smile. Tammy knows much about the internal mechanics of Value Vinyls and is always ready to lend a hand where needed. She has held down a number of positions but her love for our valued customers has always brought her back to customer service and she wears the title of Sales Support Specialist with honor and conviction. Known for her customer relations, Tammy strives to make certain every order she handles, large or small gets the individual attention to detail and expediant results that will meet her expectations. Everything from what the customer orders to providing the best shipment options available are a priority. Tammy goes above and beyond to arrive at a positive outcome. For example, one day our phones went down and she immediately jumped into action to offer up her cell phone number so we could reroute all our incoming calls to her phone. She was one busy girl that day until the phones were fixed but did it with a smile and was happy to assist in an otherwise bad situation. We are certainly miles ahead of the curve with Tammy being a loyal and important part of Value Vinyls, but to be honest, every customer that crosses paths with Tammy is getting the Gold Star Treatment! Of course it goes without saying that our Customer Service Specialists whom she works with, Kimber Easthom and Amanda Bledsoe have only benefited from their working relationships and are assured to provide that same Gold Star Treatment!

Have you noticed when you’re out in public walking down the street or taking in a shopping mall how many signs there are just looking at you begging for your attention? Hundreds, even thousands of signs in all shapes, sizes, colors and styles. Some that are permanent, some that light up and then some just hang on a wall or a pole. The point is; signs are a very big part of our everyday life and for those working in the sign industry, this is a big and demanding commitment. One specific type of vinyl sign media that I want to focus on today is PET printable vinyl. The acronym, PET stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate. Polyethylene is a polymerized thermoplastic ethylene resin, used to make vinyl film and Terephthalate is a thermoplastic polyester resin made from ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid, also used to make films or fibers, like what is used for water bottles. Polyethylene terephthalate has high strength, is flexible and resistant to abrasion. The addition of these laminated films make for an extraordinarily smooth and scrim-less vinyl that works extremely well for print media. Value Vinyls sells PET Sign Media Printable Vinyl which is one of our most popular products. PET Frontlit and PET Blockout banner material is widely accepted for the quality of the fabric and the graphics that are produced. Value Vinyls Rio Extra PET 13 oz. Ultra-Smooth is a more economical Grey-Back that can be used for printing on one side, which helps eliminate image show through. Stocked in a 54” width and capable up to a 126” width. With an ultra-smooth surface, it is ideal for screen and digital printing where the need for brilliant graphics are a must. In addition, Value Vinyls sells Rio PET 15 oz. Opaque Ultra Smooth. This is a Blockout fabric for consistent printing on both sides that will produce vivid eye catching graphics. Stocked up to an 80” width and capable up to 126” For more information, give us a call at 877-716-6651 or email us at and let us help you with this product or any of your printable vinyl needs.

The tornadoes that hit Canton, Texas and the surrounding area April 29th were devastating to many people. There are a lot of folks that need help, so we are reaching out by social media appealing to everyone that may be willing to donate. Here is a note from one of our customers that has been effected. With his help, we delivered some of our vinyl material to cover damaged rooftops. “Good morning!! A lot has gone on over the last 5 days for a lot of people in east TX. Not everyone was as lucky as I was. It looks like a different place out there now. A lot of people have lost everything and are struggling to pick up the pieces and move forward. Normally I am not short for words and I can ramble on forever. I wanted to say a quick thank you for all of the material I picked up yesterday. I can not express how much it means to everyone. I delivered all the material last night and was able to get one roof covered, two trucks that have no windows and hopefully 4 more roofs today. It was nice to see the smiles on their faces and to see a little relief in their eyes as we covered their roof. It means a lot. Not sure how we can ever repay you for it. If any of you ever need anything I hope I am the first call you make. I will be there. Thanks again, Nick Bouchard, Innovative Industrial Solutions“ We wanted to piggy back onto Nick’s effort as a call to action and a reminder for us to look after one another and make regular donations (money, clothes, food, etc.) to keep disaster relief charities stay prepared for times like these. The Red Cross and FEMA have been two of the most active charity organizations in the Canton area. There have also been several churches helping and other organizations as well. Follow this link for more information on where to donate: One family that Nick is aware of needing help is CJ and Brittani Harden. CJ and his family rode out the tornado as their house was completely taken away. They were lucky that they survived but they lost everything. Their house, barn and all of their personal belongings that were in the structures. There is a GoFundME page set up for them. Here is the link We are sure there are a number of other families with GoFundMe accounts as well. Just as a note to those in the industry, CJ is a member of SWIFA and does electrical work for a lot of awning companies. We thank Nick Bouchard and all of you for your support!

Water parks have become a huge part of summer entertainment growing in numbers over the last 15 years. It’s amazing how some of these parks have grown in park size by adding many new water rides and colorful themes to attract more people. Did you know there are over 1,300 water parks that are in operation in the U.S. attracting over 85 million people each year. Most of the parks feature water amusements such as floating rivers, water slides and water waves where they require the use of inflatable rafts. This is where the need for durable material is required for these rafts to handle the abuse they will take being used over and over each day. Waterpark rafts come in all sizes and configurations depending on the ride. A raft may only need to accommodate one person or it may accommodate an entire group of 5 or 6 people. There are many specifics that need to be taken into consideration to use the correct vinyl. For example, the top coat is important allowing for comfort when the rider’s skin is in contact with the material. Also, having material that will provide a secure weld without issue of the seams coming undone is critical. Of course, the material itself must be strong that will provide long term wear and durability. Value Vinyls offers an extraordinary line of vinyl products that can handle the durable requirements and daily abuse these rafts will take. One of our primary products is AquaFloat 32, a premium coated fabric that will hold air and perform exceptionally well under excessive water use. We are in the vinyl business to help you build inflatable watersports products by using the safest most dependable material available. Inflatable Rafts are used for many other outdoor water sports activities, such as river or lake use that may require an even tougher more rugged material. Value Vinyls can handle your needs. For more information about our Inflatable Water Sports Vinyls, click here or contact us at 877-716-6651.  

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!

Building Wraps are BIG BUSINESS!

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 by

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 or call 877-716-6651

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 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 / 940-205-0434 or contact our Value Vinyls Sales Support team at / 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 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 and we’ll answer any additional questions that you may have.

EverGRIP 22 is the Solution!

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 by

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 877-716-6651 to learn more about this product or email us at

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

Company Culture at Value Vinyls

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 by

Having great company culture is emerging in many businesses today. We at Value Vinyls take pride in having a fantastic company culture along with other traditional company benefits. Value Vinyls Senior and Executive Management take the initiative and promote a positive culture; setting up fun lunches, entertainment events, promoting fun and camaraderie, both outside of regular business hours as well as during company hours. The company always makes sure there are fun events planned on the calendar so everyone has something to look forward to. Additionally, we find that our teamwork methods ensure the entire team works better together on a day-to-day basis. The company culture is evident in the workplace with a very comfortable and motivating office environment. There’s a fully equipped kitchen where our V.V. team has been known to work together and cook entire meals to share. We offer a complete workout room that includes a treadmill, weights, elliptical machine and a stationary bike is available. Additionally, showers in the men’s and women’s bathrooms are also provided. You really can’t beat having team members who enjoy working with one another and display a pleasant and friendly demeanor! Good company culture makes all employees feel included and part of a family, never excluded or feeling as an outsider. Promoting this aspect of the company is important because it reflects on working with our most important priority every single day, our customers. We want qualified individuals who strive to work with a good attitude that will show through to our customers when dealing with them daily. We hope that you find this to be the case and invite you to let us know how we may help you even more with our products and services. Value Vinyls promotes a healthy company culture for the benefit of our people and our customers. That is something you can take to the bank and deposit as priceless!

For over 30 years, Value Vinyls has developed and supplied tent and structure fabrics for a wide range of uses. These proven laminated and coated vinyl materials have been specifically engineered to meet and exceed industry standards. Our products have been used at events from small to large by a number of leading manufacturers. The compliment we most frequently receive is the quality of our tent and structure materials. It allows for our customers’ tents to last longer, maintain their integrity, and result in more efficient operating costs. Using the best quality materials along with the best prices allows for the sustainable partnerships which have been maintained for years. Our quality tent vinyl and structure fabrics have been used in the Olympics, US Open Golf Tournament, a multitude of Susan G. Komen events, and even made an appearance in the Guinness Book of World Records! The collection consists of fabric for sidewalls, tent tops, and even fully blockout tents. By manufacturing with the highest quality raw materials we ensure the quality of our fabrics. All products exceed the industry’s strict Fire-Retardancy tests with NFPA-701. Anti-wicking yarns are used to eliminate mildew which can be unsafe and create a major eyesore on the end product. Blockout tent fabric reduces the transmission of light, which gives event tents and structures complete lighting control. This allows for the ultimate curated environment. Products with lacquered finishes allow for easy maintenance and are built with great strength properties. We take pride in our tent vinyl and structure fabrics being used in public events and spaces for people to enjoy. Let us show our price, quality, and service for you. Consult our Sales Support Team at 877-716-6651 to learn more about this product or email us at

Soluna is a custom-developed awning and structure vinyl that will not fade for over 1000 hours! The material is an excellent choice for awnings, canopies, and any space where there is a need for shade from the sun or architectural design. Soluna was developed by our Product Development team over the course of a couple years. It is manufactured to be structurally stable in all dimensions, making the CAD and design process worry-free. Its structural integrity and strength also means no unsightly sagging or puckering for Soluna structures. With tensile and tear strength that leads the industry, Soluna customers know that it will last for years outdoors. As well as meet all flame retardant standards: ATSM E-84 – Class A rating, CSFM Title 19, and NFPA-701. Knowing that Soluna is used in public spaces, both commercial and residential, its composition and integrity is of utmost importance to us. Therefore, it is fully anti-mildew, anti-bacterial, and waterproof. It is finished off with a topcoat of low-sheen lacquer that can be easily printed on as well as cleaned. Soluna comes with a 5 year no-fade UV Warranty, the best in the industry. It comes in 61” width and in 11 designer colors with custom colors always available upon request. Let us show our price, quality, and service for you. Consult our Sales Support Team at 877-716-6651 to learn more about this product or email us at

Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton, and Bryce Harper all make catches on walls made from our Soluna material. Pretty cool, huh? Soluna became a preferred choice for stadium walls and Major League Baseball facilities due to it being the best product that offers the best in durability, printability, workability, cost, and warranty. Starting with its construction, Soluna is engineered to be dimensionally stable which eliminates unsightly sagging or puckering. It is perfect for long outdoor durability with nearly indestructible tensile and tear strength. Given that Soluna is primarily used as a fixed wall pad in stadiums, it meets all California standards and flame retardant standards: engineered to meet CSFM Title 19, ATSM E-84 – Class A rating, and NFPA-701. Value Vinyls considers the safety and makeup of each of our products. Soluna is no different with its anti-mildew and anti-bacterial properties. This paired with waterproof construction gives our customers the peace of mind that Soluna will not mold, mildew, deteriorate, or become unsafe. Which is the utmost concern in public environments and stadiums. It is top-coated with a special low-sheen acrylic lacquer which allows for vivid printing. Detailed team logos, colors, and advertisements can be printed directly onto Soluna for endless customization options. Soluna comes with a 5 year no-fade UV Warranty, the best in the industry. It comes in 61” width and in 11 designer colors with custom colors always available upon request. Consult our Sales Support Team at 877-716-6651 to learn more about this product or email us at

The story of our CPSIA certified products at Value Vinyls reveals the nature of our mission as a company. A Challenge: In 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was signed and enacted into the United States Public Law. The edict required new testing, requirements, and documentation regarding newly acceptable and legal levels of several substances commonly found in consumer products. This ranged from apparel, shoes, personal care, accessories, jewelry, bedding, toys, books, and even several products from Value Vinyls. Several of our staple products commonly used in Athletic applications for gym mats, wall pads, tackling dummies, wrestling mats were to be affected by this new measure. These are items used every day by thousands in public settings. Leading the industry: Fortunately, the emphasis that Value Vinyls puts on product development, innovation, and research allowed for us to be ahead of the announcement in 2007 and a true leader in our industry. In tune with our products and industry trends, we were able to re-engineer our fabrics to meet all CPSIA requirements sooner than anyone else in the industry. We educated our customers on the upcoming CPSIA requirements and gained countless others who remain with us to this day. All knowing and trusting that Value Vinyls will always be their product development experts. Our history develops the present: Since 2007 we have developed even more products that are CPSIA compliant. They can be seen across the country at schools, universities, gyms, and fields. Our CPSIA certified products have low lead levels. Well below 100 ppm, which guarantees its safety for children and assuring the lowest phthalate levels in the market. Included are treatments for anti-microbial protection against mildew and fungus. As well as fire retardant certifications that include NFPA-701 and ASTM E-84, while achieving Class A. Discover our CPSIA certified products: Impact 16 – Impact 19 – Champion MVP 14 – Advantage Sportiva 18 – Victory 18 – Suplex 24 Consult our Sales Support Team at 877-716-6651 to learn more about these products or email us at Additional Resources: CPSIA information for a manufacturer or business – CPSIA Business Education CPSIA – an Overview on Wikipedia

Value Vinyls is excited to announce the brand new “Candy Red” color addition to our line of Monotec shade cloth. Candy Red has been manufactured due to popular demand and features the industry’s only 15 year UV warranty. It further diversifies our line of Monotec shade cloth which now has 15 popular colors to fit any commercial or residential application. This vibrant and sharp Candy Red shade cloth fabric is a smart choice for apartment and retail developments, parks, water parks, playgrounds, and other public spaces. Monotec is developed to be an “install and forget” shade cloth that is resistant to stretching, sagging, or the need for re-tensioning. Once installed, shade structures utilizing Monotec shade cloth requires no maintenance! No other shade cloth material in the world has these capabilities. Through sun, wind, rain, hail, and the elements Monotec will always look as new and taut as the day it was installed. Why Red is significant: Red-colored fabrics, as a whole, are among our biggest challenges when developing products to withstand the sun’s UV rays, in addition to rain, wind, and other elements. The inherent nature of the color red is the reason why. It is the first color on the spectrum of visible light. Remember 8th grade science class and “ROY G BIV”? Red is the first and principal color that the sun seeks out and attracts to, thus resulting in a faster-paced fade than other colors. But Pro-Knit Industries from Australia (where the sun calls the shots) have painstakingly perfected the formula for a striking and bold Candy Red shade cloth that will last for years. It’s all about the construction: Monotec is manufactured out of 100% round monofilament yarn. Other lesser quality shade cloths use cheaper means which possess only 50% mono-filament and 50% mono-tape yarns. This is why you often see ripped, sagging, faded, and unsightly shade structures. Additionally, given the shape of the yarn it is less likely to build up dirt or debris and its close lock-stitch construction is difficult to penetrate, even preventing vandalism! The quality of Monotec is backed by 10 and 15 year warranties, CSFM-19 certification, and is available in widths up to 128”. Consult our Sales Support Team at 877-716-6651 to learn more about this product or email us at

Quite simply, our Monotec 370 Shade Cloth is the best in the world. Not only does it come with 10 and 15 year warranties but the engineering and build quality is the true reason for its performance.   During a round of historic storms, hail, and damage in April, one Monotec 370 customer saw the benefits of the material first-hand. As seen in the pictures, the shade structure caught tennis ball-sized hail and prevented major damage for a parking lot full of cars.   The best part is that due to the quality construction of Monotec 370, ie: its monofilament yarns, these shade structures simply popped right back up and re-tensioned itself. Any other shade cloth in the world would have ripped, bursted, and certainly required considerable maintenance and replacing.   Monotec 370 from Value Vinyls, Inc. is used in parking lots, car dealerships, playgrounds, parks, water parks, stadiums and other outdoor applications. It comes in a variety of colors, fire-retardant, and industry-leading 10 and 15 year warranties.   Monotec 370 Shadecloth protects from the sun, protects from the hail, and it protects our customers’ pocketbooks.

DirectTex® Flag Supreme (OTDFK03) printable textile is a 100% knitted transparent polyester. It is suited to be used for indoor and outdoor dye sublimation textiles. This 2.95 oz. printable textile fabric has been developed to provide nearly 100% print through, resulting in vibrant eye-catching colors for frontlit illumination. DirectTex® Flag Supreme printable dye sublimation textiles are ideal for feather flags as well as any type of frontlit display system. DirectTex® Flag Supreme is available up to 199” wide (5 meters), which minimizes the need to seam the fabric.

What are the benefits to training? Athletes train to perform at their peak levels for a game or for an epic event, like the Olympics. They hope all of the sacrifices made by getting up at the crack of dawn, foregoing the Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and doing one more weight repetition will have huge payoffs when it counts. Those payoffs could be a coveted endorsement with a beverage company, having a shiny medal around one’s chest, or simply delivering the best performance when it’s most needed. While we don’t sign anyone up for addicting sports-drink contracts or place a gold medal on one’s muscled neck, we do want new employees to deliver their best performance early on in the game. So, we use the “Onboarding” tool. Onboarding is fancy term to describe the training process a new employee will experience during his/her first few months in our company. Our training program involves formal meetings, personal tutoring, self-directed publications, and mentoring. As addressed with any training program, it gets adjusted based on the needs of the person or the circumstances. At present, our training program is going through a major makeover so that we can fully and more quickly equip our new team members to perform at a higher level. Our goal is to turn this enhanced performance into improved customer service. Without excellent customer service, there is no team member or even a team for that matter. Anybody remember the team, “New York Yanks”? I made my point.

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Trends in Fabric Printing Technology

Monday, 16 March 2015 by

There is an article in a past issue of Fabric Graphics that gives a good overview of trends that have been prevalent in the fabric printing technology sector. In particular, dye-sublimation for soft signage has been on the rise since 2012. The link below will take you to the article. Value Vinyls carries a full line of textiles for soft signage and trade show display applications that are developed for dye-sublimation inks. Read this article for more on the very latest trends in fabric printing technology.

PrintTex® Artist Light (OTUBLW05) printable textiles is a 100% woven polyester fabric that has been developed for display systems. This 5.46 oz. material is formulated with a universal coating that can be printed on using solvent or UV ink on the coated side, and dye-sublimation on the uncoated side. PrintTex® Artist light is an improved artist product with excellent print quality. Available up to 199” wide (5 meters), PrintTex® Artist light is a leader among printable textiles, ideal for a full range of indoor or short-term outdoor applications such as display systems, exhibition signs and banners, backlit displays, and graphic art reproduction. Check out our complete line of printable textiles.

DirectTex® Artist Backlite is the premiere choice for dye sublimation textiles. Constructed as a 100% woven polyester fabric that accepts brilliant colors for indoor and short-term outdoor backlit applications, this 7.37 oz. material is designed with a special ribbed back for excellent light diffusion. DirectTex® Artist Backlite is ideal for backlit displays, exhibition signs and banners, display systems, and projection. Available up to 5 meters / 199” widths. DirectTex® dye sublimation textiles are primarily formulated for dye sublimation inks and are produced with consistency using the highest quality materials. All dye sublimation textiles from Value Vinyls pass the North American fire retardant standards of NFPA-701, while most of our textiles are suited for SEG (Silicone Edge Graphics) framing systems. In addition to other styles of DirectTex® textile fabrics, Value Vinyls also stocks a complete line of PrintTex® fabrics for printers that require UV, solvent, or eco-solvent ink. Check out our complete line of PONGS textile fabrics by clicking on this link. PONGS Textiles Value Vinyls is a strategic partner with PONGS Technical Textiles, a German based producer of fabrics and textiles since 1910. With a focus on product innovation, technical know-how, and quality based processes, PONGS is a perfect pairing with Value Vinyls, who are experts in market analysis, inventory management, logistics, and first rate sales support since 1984.

Value Vinyls, known for providing over 30 years of quality media products and first class service to the Sign Media market, is excited to introduce a full line of printable textiles by PONGS. As an example, here are 3 new and unique fabrics that are designed for dye-sublimation, solvent, eco-solvent, and UV inks to help expand your offering! DirectTex® Stretch Twill soft A 100% woven polyester twill fabric that has been developed with a smooth soft satin hand that does stretch. This 3.39 oz material utilizes a coating with nearly no white cracking, making it ideal for high end retail backlit applications, exhibitions, curtains, and theatrical applications. DirectTex® Artist Backlite A 100% woven polyester fabric that is perfect for indoor and short term outdoor applications. This 7.37 oz. material is designed with a special ribbed back for excellent light diffusion, making it ideal for backlit displays, as well as exhibitions, and rear projection screens. PrintTex® Artist light A 100% woven polyester fabric that has been developed for display systems. This 5.46 oz material is formulated with a universal coating that accepts solvent and UV inks on the coated side and dye-sublimation ink on the uncoated side. It is a great choice for many indoor and short-term outdoor applications such as display systems, exhibitions, backlit, and graphic arts. For more information, contact us at 877-716-6651 or email

Pongs Textiles has been a World Wide Leader in Printable Textiles for over 100 Years. Value Vinyls is proud to announce a strategic partnership has been aligned with Germany based Pongs Technical Textiles. Pongs, a major producer of innovative fabrics and textiles since 1910, is world re-known as a leading manufacturer of superior quality textiles. Pongs has built a strong reputation for producing high quality textile fabrics with the strictest quality control processes in place. Their fined tuned operation and highly monitored production process has provided a highly consistent quality in every roll of fabric produced. Pongs printable textile line for Sign & Graphics is known for its color consistency in ink printability resulting in outstanding vibrant images. Pongs offers a full range of textile fabrics for printing beautiful banners, displays, flags, tradeshow displays, theatrical, art reprographic and wall coverings. All of Pongs fabrics meet test standards required for the appropriate application. Let us show you what quality and consistency is all about! Visit us at the SGIA Expo – Booth #3319, where we will be introducing the entire line. Click here for a free pass to the 2014 SGIA Expo, courtesy of Value Vinyls.   Watch this informative video about Pongs Textiles to learn more.

Randy Busch, Owner & President of Value Vinyls, accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in addition to making a generous donation, allowing his entire staff to douse with him ice cold water!

Monotec FR 370 is California State Fire Marshall Registered, which means this premium shade cloth is the first and only Australian-made, heavy duty shade cloth fabric to achieve CSFM registration. Rest assured, Fire Marshalls can look in their database to find that Monotec 370 FR meets compliancy! Monotec 370 FR has the following Documented Certifications and Compliancy: CSFM Title 19 Registered / Industry Standard for FR Rating NFPA-701 Compliant / National Standard for FR Rating ASTM E-84 Class A Compliant / FR Requirement when Material is Adjoined to a Permanent Building Monotec 370 is 100% Australian made with a pure HDPE round monofilament yarn construction, making it the strongest shade cloth in the industry and less prone to damage from punctures or weather elements. This quality shade cloth will not require re-tensioning like the typical monofilament tape yarn construction. Monotec is recyclable and has high UV resistance, eliminating degradation. Monotec FR 370 comes with a 10 Year UV Warranty (15 years for non-FR colors), the best offered in the industry! Don’t waste time waiting for CSFM testing. Value Vinyls is your supply source for all your CSFM shade structure and shade sail projects this summer. Click here for more information on Monotec FR 370 or visit our Contact Us page.

Who We Employ Benefits Our Customers

Tuesday, 03 June 2014 by

Does it make much difference who we employ as employees in our family-owned, small business? Granted, one could argue both sides of the coin. You may have the advantage of having someone on your side to get a project done more quickly simply because you share some DNA code. The flip side is that others may potentially feel like the invisible middle child from time to time. But, for us at Value Vinyls, the reality is quite different. It doesn’t matter that our Warehouse Manager has a genetic link to our Operations Manager. It doesn’t matter that our Accounting Manager may be several trees removed from our Purchasing Specialist. What does matter is that we’re all family here. Employee adoption into Value Vinyls is not automatic like childbirth, however. Each person becomes a part of our unit by demonstrating from the get-go that others are important, no matter who they are. As a family, we know that every one of our customers is a part of our extended family and therefore valuable to us. This includes the young one just getting his land legs, and the mature one who has created his own “home” but still stays connected to us by regular visits. Some say you can’t choose your family, but I disagree. No, I’m not talking genetic engineering cafeteria-style where you choose the eye color, hair color, and whether this person will possess the musical chops to be the next Tony Bennett or not. I’m talking about choosing the right person for the right role here so that our extended family, our valuable customers, wants to remain connected to us indefinitely. No doubt, you’ve heard of the water cooler stories of how hiring the wrong person leaves its enduring mark near and far. But hiring the right person just increases the joy of everyone connected. We hope to place and leave our customers in a state of contentment by way of our employees. Submitted by: Kim Salas CEBS, Human Resources / Office Manager

We just completed our 3rd year of providing the vinyl fabric for one of our tent structure manufacturers who created the tent structure used at the NY Frieze Art Fair. Initially made in 2012, this structure broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest single unit marquee at over 225,000 square feet, which is still in great shape today.

When we launched the new Value Vinyls website in April 2013, our goal was to create an accurate and well organized resource tool and visual aid that provides our customers, salesmen, and employees with a detailed and user friendly experience. Since Value Vinyls has such a diverse line of vinyl fabrics for numerous markets, the information had to be presented in a manner that was clean, easy to read, and easy to search for products. With that in mind, we created an efficient navigation system to showcase our products by Application, Market, and Product Name, which caters to everyone’s search methods. And, each of these search methods are divided into 2 categories: Industrial Vinyl Fabrics and printable Sign Media Vinyl Fabrics, which makes it easy for our customers to quickly narrow their search criteria. When searching by Applications, you’re presented with icons by Market to act as visual aids during your search. Each of the icons is quickly identifiable and when you click on an icon that interests you, you’re taken to a page that displays all products that are suited for the application represented by the icon. As well, each of the icons are already familiar to our customers and employees because they are seen on each individual product page and are used in your binders, spec sheets, distributor cards, and catalogs. Searching by Markets presents a general list of all items that are either recommended or suitable for a certain market. This search method, much like searching by Applications, is perfect for new customers who are not yet familiar with our products by brand name. If you’re a returning customer, or you’ve heard about one of our products by name, like Advantage MVP 18, then searching by Product Name will be the most expedient option for you. This search feature allows the user to view the complete line of an entire name brand, like Advantage, which is especially useful for finding your favorite multi-purpose fabrics. In addition to these useful search methods, we also provide the ability to type in your search by using the search window at the upper right side of all pages. Whether you’re searching by Product Name, Market, or Application, our advanced viewers will find this direct search method to be very useful. To optimize our website to the fullest, we also added a very specific navigation system in the footer (bottom). This site map is presented in its entirety and acts as a powerful search engine to help you find every application, market, and product, as well as paper literature, marketing pieces, and contact information. Once the navigation system was designed, the very next thing we wanted to focus on was making it easy for our customers to contact us, whether to ask questions or place an order. With this in mind, we created a Contact page that makes it very easy to find all of our employees. Customers are also encouraged to use the form to request product information. Once the customer sends the form, it goes right to our friendly customer service team who will call you back as soon as possible. Since 1984, Value Vinyls has worked hard to make our customers happy with our continuous improvements to customer service. Our new website was created with you in mind and we are very pleased with the positive feedback we’ve received from happy customers and vendors. Written by: Matt Leach, Design + IT

There are four basic performance factors that need to be balanced to engineer the right product for the right application. Tongue Tear, Tensile Strength, Adhesion, and Abrasion. While these are not the only performance factors that we use to measure the strength of a product, they are the most common. We test for each of these parameters using a defined set of guidelines set by ASTM International (formally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials). Each of these factors, when manufacturing a product can impact one another. For example; if you want to maximize the tear or tensile strength of a product (based on the fabric construction used to meet the product’s manufacturing style, weight, use, etc…) a lower heat setting is required during manufacturing. A low heat setting will result in a lower adhesion result. This also applies if you reverse the process to increase adhesion with more heat, which will impact the integrity of the base fabric lowering your tear or tensile strength. Value Vinyls has a full department dedicated to the proper engineering of each and every product to maximize the quality, value, and strength best suited for each application. Below is a breakdown to further clarify each of these performance factors. Tongue Tear (ASTM D2261) is a measurement of the tearing strength of a textile fabric with a single rip (tongue) procedure that is performed by cutting the edge of the fabric before initiating the test. The results are measured in pound force at a failing point of both the warp and weft direction of the fabric. Tensile Strength (ASTM D5034) is a measurement of breaking strength used to determine the pound force within one inch in both the warp and weft direction of the fabric. The test is performed after cutting the center of the fabric (simulating a puncture or tear in the material). Adhesion (ASTM D751) is a measure measurement of the strength of the film or coating to the base fabric measured typically in pound force by two inches. Two strips of fabric are adhered face to back either by weld or by adhesive. There are other performance criteria that also fall within the ASTM D751 standard. Abrasion (ASTM D3884) is a test designed to evaluate the rate in which the coating will abrade or wear away on the face or backside of a material. It uses a rotary platform in conjunction with two abrasive stone wheels with the addition of a determined amount of weight. This test is measured in cycles in a range of styles depending on the purpose of the test (whether by a set number of cycles; at the point the base fabric begins to show; at the point the base fabric is fully exposed; etc.) If you have more questions, or need further clarity on these or any other performance factors, we welcome the inquiry. Josh Propp Business Development Manager 800-406-8845, x 108

Since 1984, Value Vinyls has taken utmost pride in our knowledgeable and friendly Customer Service team, which includes 3 Sales Support Specialists, 2 Account Managers, a Sample Room Coordinator, and a team of National Salesmen throughout the United States and Canada. We believe that the customer’s happiness after the sale is just as important as the sale itself, so we place great emphasis on providing superior sales support and unmatched customer service. Every one of our employees is motivated to make a difference. We strive to hear about how helpful and efficient our staff is and make it a constant goal to provide the very best service in the industry. While our national sales team supports our customers at the local level, our Sales Support Specialists, who are just a phone call away, maintain valuable business relationships with those same customers. When you make Value Vinyls your PVC vinyl supplier, you will be the benefactor of multiple levels of support, assuring your experiences with us will be professional and expedient. “Having worked in Sales Support and Sales for over 30 years, I realized that satisfied customers are less likely to seek an alternative supplier. So, we work hard to keep our customers happy!” – Julie Berry, Operations Manager & Regional Sales Manager at Value Vinyls

Several tents being used at Super Bowl XLVIII include Value Vinyls Advantage Tent Top 18 oz. Vinyl, used to make the tent translucent tops. Advantage Tent Top 18 is a durable heavy duty coated vinyl formulated with the necessary treatments to endure adverse weather conditions including high winds. For more information, contact us here at Value Vinyls.

New Testing Equipment – Q-Sun Xenon

Thursday, 09 January 2014 by

Don’t guess when you can test. Value Vinyls Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of a Q-Sun Xenon test chamber which is the ultimate research & development and quality control tool for testing materials that are exposed to direct sunlight, sunlight through window glass or indoor lighting. The chamber also features a water spraying unit that creates exceptional realism with controllable condensation and humidity that is critical for testing many materials. With the Q-Sun xenon test chamber we will be able to simulate the damage caused by full-spectrum light, temperature, and moisture that occurs over time in just a few days or weeks. The addition of this chamber will allow us to review materials for fading, yellowing, crazing, cracking and hazing. Testing to standards like ASTM G155-98 or ISO11341 will allow us to bring our customers the most stable products for their outdoor and indoor environments. Contributors: James Doherty

Value Vinyls displayed a variety of Sign Media vinyl & Industrial fabrics, some that were printable at the combined 2013 IFAI / SGIA Expos held at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, FL Oct 23rd – 25th. With almost 30 years of experience in selling industrial and printable sign media vinyl, one of our objectives at the Expo was to show print company attendees how they may diversify their print applications by introducing them to other markets they may be capable of entering with their printing expertise. Products on display included Soluna, a 19 ounce printable awning material as well as our complete line of printable Frontlit, Backlit, Blockout, and Mesh Sign Media fabrics designed to create eye catching graphics. In addition, our Monotec 370 Commercial Shadecloth, designed for fixed shade structures, was displayed as well as our SIOEN Truck Side Curtain and Sliding Systems materials. All of our well established product lines are used for projects in a variety of markets including; Athletic, Dock Seal, Event Tent, Industrial Mesh, Inflatables, Medical, Clears, Oil Boom, Specialty, and Truck Tarp, which were also available to see. Value Vinyls entire sales force and internal sales staff, which are focused on developing face-to-face customer relationships and supporting customer needs, were available to discuss our diverse line of products and answer any questions our visitors may have had. If you stopped by the booth, we thank you for your time and interest. If you did not make it to the show and have an interest in any of our products, feel free to contact us here on our web or call us at 800- 406-8845. Fred Propp Marketing Manager

Advantage MVP Lacquered Gloss 18 is our signature 18 oz. coated formula and is well equipped to withstand great physical stress. This material has been treated on the face side with a lacquered finish for slip making it an excellent material for inflatable bounce house slides. This material also has low lead levels assuring it 100% safe for kids.

Advantage Sportiva is our signature 18 oz. coated formula, a durable, multi-purpose athletic vinyl engineered with low lead levels well below 100 ppm, which guarantees it is safe for kids. This product is also C.P.S.I.A. Certified and 7P compliant, assuring the lowest phthalate levels in the market and no detection of DnHP. Treated with DuraGUARD, an EPA registered anti-microbial agent, this product is protected against mildew and fungus, and also has fire retardant certification for NFPA-701, Cal 117, and ASTM E-84, while achieving Class A.

Engineered for shade structures and sails, Monotec 370 Shadecloth is manufactured using 100% round monofilament HDPE yarns, making it the strongest shade cloth available in the market today. Due to its increased strength and stability, as well as the positive memory in monofilament yarn, shade structures and shade sails can be installed and forgotten, with no re-tensioning or cleaning required. Made in Australia, Monotec 370 is resistant to punctures and UV rays and is supported by the industry’s only 15 year warranty for UV degradation. It comes in 14 vibrant colors, most of which are fire retardant.

Soluna For Awnings and Canopies

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 by

Soluna is a 19 oz. waterproof fabric with a low sheen orange peel emboss. This material is excellent for awnings, canopies, or any commercial area where there is a need for shade from the sun and extending product life. Soluna can also be used for Industrial and Athletic applications. Soluna is highly resistant to mildew and fungus including UV additives for exception resistance to UV rays. This material is dimensionally stable to eliminate sagging. Additionally Soluna has superior tensile and tear strength for long outdoor durability and is flame resistant to the standards of ASTM E-84. It has an acrylic lacquer on the front side which allows for easy printing.

Rio 6 oz. Event Mesh can be used for printing on one side. It is compatible with UV and solvent inks and is ideal for both indoor and outdoor mesh signs. This product was designed to be fire retardant, meeting the rigorous standards of NFPA-701 where additional fire code jurisdiction is required. This lightweight yet durable mesh has a 70% openness, which allows for maximum audio clarity. The vivid white points help to create eye-catching graphics that can be seen from afar. Additionally, we offer this mesh in wide widths of 126 inches and 196 inches.