Manufacturer Fills Essential Role in Medical Textiles (as seen in The Pilot Newspaper)

Manufacturer Fills Essential Role in Medical Textiles (as seen in The Pilot Newspaper) John Taws, president of Fletcher Industries in Southern Pines, with his son, Reed. Ted Fitzgerald/The Pilot The critical shortage of masks and other personal protective equipment needed by healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight has made headlines. It’s […]

Digital Printing In the Textile World

Digital Printing In the Textile World Digital printing is the process of printing digital-based images directly onto a variety of media substrates, according to the printing company Xerox. In the last 30 years, digital printing has made extreme advances. So much so, that it has now found its way into the textile industry. However, like […]

Winding in the Textile Industry

Winding in the Textile Industry Winding in the textile industry is used to prepare a fabric or material for weaving. Winding will coil a fabric or material around a bobbin so it can then be used for weaving. The bobbin, in this case, is mainly used for temporary storage of a material. We seek and […]

Making Moves in the Fitness Fabric World

Making Moves in the Fitness Fabric World Have you ever noticed your workout clothes get a little, well… smelly after a while? Yeah, us too. BUT, a new company has recently come up with a solution for that. The reason your exercise apparel can start to smell after a while is actually due to bacteria […]

Skilled Trades

Skilled Trades In the United States today, parents, educators, and society put an enormous amount of pressure on kids to go to college and get a degree. That degree may put them in debt for the rest of their lives, without the guarantee of a job right out of college. However, many people forget that […]

Recycled Fabric

Recycled Fabric It’s no surprise that the conservation of our planet is a very important topic. People all over the world are finding new ways to lessen the impact of waste on our environment. One way the textile industry is working towards a more sustainable planet is by the use of RPET, or recycled polyester. […]

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 We are all aware of the original industrial revolution that occurred back in the 1770’s, but did you know that there have been two more since then? We are fast approaching another! The 1st industrial revolution was fueled by the use of steam & water power, and gave us the ability to produce […]

Braiding Machines and Their Benefits

Braiding Machines and Their Benefit A braid is defined as three or more strands of material mechanically intertwined in such a manner that no two materials are twisted around one another. Even though hair is most commonly thought about when talking about braiding, it’s not the only thing. Materials vary based on need, but can […]

Just In Time (JIT) Manufacturing and Benefits

Just In Time (JIT) Manufacturing and Benefits Reducing manufacturing waste is one of Fletcher Industries top priorities. This is why we embrace JIT (Just-in-time) manufacturing. JIT manufacturing adapts to changes in demand and produces products when the consumer needs them instead of producing quantities based on trends. JIT manufacturing not only reduces waste, but it […]

Braiding and Technology Applications in Textiles

Braiding and Technology Applications in Textiles Have you ever had surgery and wondered what makes up some of the different medical tapes and items doctors use? The process of braiding takes a fabric from its raw form and turns it into a finished, usable product. Companies like Fletcher Industries are able to execute these processes […]