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Mohawk expands wide format inkjet portfolio with new line of printable textiles and canvas ‘Engineered by Aurora’

To be introduced at Dscoop 2017, the announcement reflects increased demand in the traditional North American paper distribution channel for high quality, price-competitive digitally printable textile and canvas media

(Feb. 28, 2017, Yorkville, Illinois, USA….) Today, two highly respected, well-known, US-based manufacturers serving the growing digital print market — one that manufactures paper and sells to the traditional North American paper distribution channel; the other that coats and finishes textile substrates for printing — are combining expertise to bring a full range of textile printing substrates optimized for today’s digital printing technologies.

Mohawk Fine Papers, in collaboration with Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, is launching a line of textiles for digital printing. Called Mohawk Printable Textiles and Canvas, Engineered by Aurora, the product line includes a wide variety of high quality textile products engineered to work optimally on the latest digital print technologies for a broad range of end use applications.

At the same time, Aurora will continue to serve its existing channels as they have in the past. This includes direct customers and the sign and display channel with Aurora’s preferred distribution partners.

The collaboration reflects the rapidly growing demand in North America for textile substrates such as specialized canvas products for digital printing. The move also reflects Aurora’s leadership position as a North American developer of high quality textile printing products, and Mohawk’s global leadership in the digital printing industry.

“Aurora is very excited to partner with Mohawk in providing the North American paper distribution channel with access to a full range of printable textiles and canvas engineered to perform on today’s newest digital printing equipment,” said Mark Shaneyfelt, Director of Sales & Marketing, Printable Textiles, at Aurora.

“Our partnership combines Aurora’s textile coating and finishing manufacturing expertise with Mohawk’s market-leading knowledge in serving the digital needs of the North American paper distribution channel. In summary, our collaboration provides that channel with a “one stop” shop for all their digital print media needs.”

Aurora specializes in developing specialized textile substrates for the latest digital printing technologies and their products are designed for printing on latex, UV, solvent and dye sublimation printers.

Aurora has an established, full line of products to meet every application need from wall graphics, wall coverings, front lit and backlit displays to fine art. Their R&D department is continually introducing new textile products specially developed to meet the exact requirements of the new printers entering the market.

Mohawk has an established, best-in-class history of manufacturing excellence in the North American paper distribution channel and a network of warehouses located across North America, plus comprehensive expertise in research and development and a skilled staff of digital specialists with experience in helping their distribution partners successfully use new substrates and printers. With this collaboration, Mohawk is providing one-stop-shopping for digital print customers.

Both companies are highly respected in their industries with strong organizations, are privately owned by US-based families, and are established manufacturers with US plants committed to maintaining North American operations and supporting the communities that rely on their companies for jobs and economic viability. In addition, both have invested in state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies and are committed to sustainable manufacturing practices.

Mohawk and Aurora are also dedicated to supporting the US supply chain in their categories and providing customers with a quality, price-competitive product line developed in the US under the highest standards.

“Mohawk is pleased to partner with Aurora to expand our wide format product offering. Aurora offers a best-in-class portfolio of printable textiles and canvas that allows Mohawk to truly serve as a one-stop-shop for our customer’s wide format printing needs,” said Mike Madura, Vice President, Digital, Mohawk.

Media Notes:
Product Line:

  • Mohawk Printable Canvas Expressions, Engineered by Aurora (Five new products/finishes available: Cotton Natural, Gloss, Semi-gloss, Matte, Satin)
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Linen FR, Engineered by Aurora
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Decoprint Pearl from SENFA
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Premium Poplin LX with ColorPRO Technology, Engineered by Aurora
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Sticky Stuff 8 oz., Engineered by Aurora
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Poly Banner Plus, Engineered by Aurora
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Cotton Natural Canvas, Engineered by Aurora
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Poly Woven 8oz., Engineered by Aurora
  • Mohawk Printable Textiles Triple White FR, Engineered by Aurora

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ABOUT AURORA SPECIALTY TEXTILES GROUP
Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213

ABOUT MOHAWK
Mohawk is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes which are preferred for commercial and digital printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail. Mohawk fine papers and envelopes include the signature brands Mohawk Superfine® and Strathmore®, as well as proprietary treatments Inxwell® and i-Tone®. With a culture of innovation, Mohawk’s business model now extends beyond paper manufacturing into new areas of growth, including digital substrates, which connect designers and printers to new markets.

As a leader in environmentally and socially responsible business practices, Mohawk was the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with wind power renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production. Mohawk’s portfolio of recycled papers is certified by Green Seal and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Mohawk is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business based in Cohoes, New York, with global sales and operations located throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.mohawkconnects.com.


Congressman tours new wide width manufacturing operations at Aurora Specialty Textiles Group in Yorkville, Illinois

(Feb. 13, 2017, Yorkville, Illinois, USA….) U. S. Representative Randy Hultgren (Illinois 14th Congressional District) toured the new textile manufacturing operations at Aurora Specialty Textiles Group (ASTG) in Yorkville, Illinois, USA on Friday, February 10, 2017.

The visit included a question and answer session with several members of the plant’s senior management staff and a tour of the plant’s new 124,000 square foot manufacturing operations led by Dan LaTurno, president of ASTG. The tour also included ASTG’s new ultra wide width coating operations.

“It was a distinct honor to host Congressman Hultgren today and display our world-class textile processing operation,” said Dan LaTurno, president of ASTG. “We at Aurora strive every day to prove that a successful textile operation can operate in North America. Thanks to Meridian’s continued support and investment in next generation textile technologies, our mission to double our sales by 2021 is well within reach.”

Founded in 1883 on the west side of the Fox River in Aurora, Illinois, USA, ASTG operated solely as a bleaching operation before adding finishing, dyeing and coating capabilities by the late 1950’s. Today, the company provides a wide range of coating, finishing and dying capabilities to the global textile industry and manufactures a wide range of printable textiles designed to work optimally with the latest digital print technologies.

Up until about a year ago, the company maintained operations solely in the Aurora plant. But seeing new opportunities emerging–and the need to invest in new equipment and technology to support ultra wide-width coating–company leadership decided to invest in a new plant and equipment. At the same time, they felt it important to maintain operations within commuting distance of the existing plant and began looking for facilities nearby. With the move to Yorkville, ASTG also began adding new employees, while training existing employees to operate a new generation of textile equipment.

The new plant features the EHWHA ultra wide-width coating and finishing line, which works easily with a broad range of woven and non-woven materials up to 134” wide. The EHWHA enhances Aurora’s ability to serve both current and new customers.

Today, Aurora is poised to move into a leader position in several new, expanding textile markets.

Said Rep. Hultgren: “Every time I visit one of the many flourishing manufacturers in the 14th District, I am amazed by the innovation that’s taking place right here in Illinois. I am proud of Aurora Specialty Textiles Group’s rich history of manufacturing and continued job creation and expansion in the Yorkville area.”

“We must continue to support our manufacturers and their ability to expand and hire more workers through smart legislation.”

Background on U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, Illinois’ 14th Congressional District
http://hultgren.house.gov/newsroom/press-kit

You can learn more about Aurora Specialty Textiles Group:   sgia15-exh468x60      

Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213


Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Named to Digital Output’s 22nd Annual Top 50 Readers’ Choice Awards

(Nov. 17, 2016, Yorkville, Illinois, USA….) Aurora Specialty Textiles Group today announced its inclusion in Digital Output’s 22nd Annual Top 50 Readers’ Choice Awards. Each year Digital Output’s readers select the top 50 winners and ten honorable mentions.

Using the magazine’s website metric system, DOdirect.net, the magazine tallies readers’ interest in companies throughout the year. This is done via requests made on print and Web editorial and advertisements as seen in the magazine, on the website, or in Digital Output’s weekly newsletter the Digital Queue.

“Aurora is very honored to be chosen as a recipient of Digital Output’s Top 50 Readers’ Choice Award,” said Mark Shaneyfelt, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Aurora takes great pride in our long history as a US-based provider of innovative textile solutions. Our recent expansion reinforces our continued commitment to be a supplier of choice for the North American market.”

You can go to digitaloutput.net to see the 2016 Top 50 Readers’ Choice Awards winners list, which was released with the magazine’s November issue as both a print and the digital publication.

Aurora’s selection reflects the leadership position the company has taken providing high quality printable canvas products to US and Global markets.

Over the past two years, Aurora has invested millions in a new, state-of-the art North American textile manufacturing operation and has launched several new products, including its Expressions printable canvas line. The company’s operations feature the new EHWHA ultra wide-width coating and finishing line, which works easily with a broad range of woven and non-woven materials up to 134” wide.

As Aurora’s Mission Statement says:

“Here at Aurora, we serve a growing number of markets and take pride in being a North American leader in wide-width finishing and coating of textiles. We are dedicated to helping our customers succeed in today’s highly dynamic, ever-changing world through our investment in world-class manufacturing capabilities, state-of-the-art technologies and comprehensive Research & Development expertise. To this end, we strive every day to earn our customers’ trust as the coating and finishing partner they can turn to for innovation and high quality product solutions.”

You can learn more about Aurora Specialty Textiles Group:   sgia15-exh468x60      

Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213


Meridian Industries Introduces ‘The New Aurora’

At Grand Opening of new textile plant in Yorkville, Illinois, USA,
Aurora Specialty Textiles Group announces new initiatives, new corporate vision,
and ushers in a new Logo and Mission Statement

(Oct. 5, 2016, Yorkville, Illinois, USA….)Today, under sunny skies on a perfect fall day during the grand opening celebrations of the company’s new manufacturing plant, Aurora Specialty Textiles Group unveiled its new logo and Mission Statement before a gathering of approximately 100 customers, staff and community leaders.

The celebration marks the end of a two-year period that began with the decision to invest millions in a new, state-of-the art North American textile manufacturing operation, in a new location – but without leaving the area in Illinois where Aurora has operated for over 133 years. Aurora is a subsidiary of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA-based Meridian Industries, Inc.

The event also marks the formal launch of the company’s new high tech manufacturing facility and the company’s commitment to investing in state-of-the-art technology while moving into exciting, new global markets for wide width coating and finishing, including print media.

“Today is a tremendous day for Aurora Specialty Textile Group,” said Dan LaTurno, president of Aurora. “It marks the symbolic end of our transition from the Aurora plant to our new Yorkville operation, and the beginning of a new, exciting era. We’ve been committed to becoming a global leader in wide width coating and finishing and this new plant, which could not operate today without the hard work of the people here, is testament to what we are calling today ‘The New Aurora.’

LaTurno added that ‘The New Aurora’ reflects the company’s commitment to staying ahead of the industries it serves. “As the world changes, we now have the world-class capabilities, state-of-the-art equipment and expertise within R&D to meet those challenges.”

After LaTurno introduced the new Mission Statement (see below) and corporate tagline, “Innovative Textile Solutions,” Meridian owner, Bruce Pindyck addressed the group.

“From my first involvement in Meridian in 1968, I have believed in investing back in the business and in being in the forefront from a technological, manufacturing and innovation standpoint,” said Pindyck. “I have always felt that our businesses needed to be nurtured and supported. I am also committed to a strong manufacturing presence in our country. Meridian is my life’s work and I am passionately committed to having our companies be successful for the benefit of all of our constituencies.”
LaTurno explained that the company’s new logo is based on the one by which the company is so well known, but now has added color and dimension to reflect Aurora’s expanded bleaching, dyeing, finishing and coating capabilities.

“The tagline, Innovative Textile Solutions, is even more critical,” LaTurno said. “With the word Innovative we are telling customers that we are pioneering, inventive and modern with a strong focus on R&D. The word Textile reflects our core market, which involves processing the various styles of textiles, and the word Solutions reflects our capabilities as an industry partner and problem solver, because solving problems is how we distinguish ourselves from just being a transaction-based supplier.”

The presentations by LaTurno and Pindyck were followed by a guided tour of the company’s new 124,000 square foot manufacturing operation.

Founded in 1883 on the west side of the Fox River in Aurora, Illinois, USA, just north of downtown, Aurora operated solely as a bleaching operation before adding finishing, dyeing and coating capabilities. Pindyck purchased Aurora in 1977.

Recently, as the global textile industry changed, company leadership saw the opportunity to move into ultra wide-width coating of textiles and establish Aurora as a premier textile coater. That move, however, required finding a larger manufacturing facility and investing in new equipment. After reviewing the options at hand, the company decided to move forward into the future with the new plant and equipment and began adding new employees, while also training existing employees to operate a new generation of equipment.

The plant features the company’s new EHWHA ultra wide-width coating and finishing line, which works easily with a broad range of woven and non-woven materials up to 134” wide. The EHWHA enhances Aurora’s ability to serve both current and new customers, including those in the print media industry.
Today, Aurora is poised to move into a leader position in several new, expanding textile markets.
As the new Mission Statement says:

“Here at Aurora, we serve a growing number of markets and take pride in being a North American leader in wide-width finishing and coating of textiles. We are dedicated to helping our customers succeed in today’s highly dynamic, ever-changing world through our investment in world-class manufacturing capabilities, state-of-the-art technologies and comprehensive Research & Development expertise. To this end, we strive every day to earn our customers’ trust as the coating and finishing partner they can turn to for innovation and high quality product solutions.”

You can learn more about Aurora Specialty Textiles Group:   sgia15-exh468x60      

Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213


Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Introduces Expressions:
A New, State-Of-the-Art Printable Canvas Line

(Sept. 13, 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada….) At SGIA 2016, Aurora Specialty Textiles Group will launch the Expressions Canvas line, an exciting, new canvas collection specially engineered for optimal performance across a broad range of today’s latest digital printers, including latex, UV, solvent and eco-solvent.

Expressions is both robust and versatile, providing Print Service Providers (PSPs) that use different printers with a canvas that can be used across multiple platforms without sacrificing print performance, ink usage or production output.

The new Expressions line offers the full range of popular gloss levels requested by today’s market, from matte, satin, semi-gloss to gloss, all available at widths up to 122” and roll lengths up to 1,100 yards. Aurora, being the manufacturer, also has the ability to provide custom sizes to best meet customer needs.

In addition, Aurora will be adding a Natural Cotton, as well as a lighter-weight décor line of canvas, all available in widths up to 122”.

Independent trials conducted this summer by Color Concepts in Salt Lake City, Utah, demonstrated that Expressions Semi-Gloss–when tested against three leading, respected, commonly used, high quality canvas brands–outperformed the competition in the following critical areas:

  • Superior performance across multiple platforms, allowing PSPs the ultimate flexibility in procuring and inventorying one canvas to meet all of their printing needs.
  • Broadest color gamut at eight, ten and 12 passes, making Expressions Semi-Gloss the premium canvas of choice for discerning customers looking for optimal color output.
  • Fastest print speeds for commercial quality – Expressions Semi-Gloss consistently demonstrated the ability to achieve commercial print quality at 6 to 8 passes, compared to other premium canvas brands, which required 10 to 12 passes to achieve similar quality. The ability to run at high-speed modes increases productivity by as much as 40% and saves ink costs.

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group has developed a proprietary coating for the Expressions line that not only makes it versatile, but also optimally high performing. Expressions is also OBA-free, demonstrating very good archival properties without sacrificing whiteness. Expressions is made from premium 35% cotton/65% polyester fine Oxford weave (2-over-1) 12 oz.

And certainly not least – Expressions was developed and is also made in the USA at Aurora’s manufacturing plant in Yorkville, Illinois.

Visitors to booth 1485 at SGIA 2016 Sept. 14-16 are invited to register for samples.

You can learn more about Aurora Specialty Textiles Group:   sgia15-exh468x60      

Media Notes: Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. is a global leader in coating, dyeing and finishing of both woven and non-woven fabrics. Based in Yorkville, Illinois, U.S.A., the company has a 132-year tradition of innovation and in 2015 invested in a new state-of-the-art, wide width coating and finishing line, and a new facility, that dramatically expand their ability to serve customers. Products include digitally printable textiles through Aurora’s Northern Lights Printable Textiles line, specialty home products, industrial products and tape products for a wide variety of industries. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc., is a Meridian Industries, Inc. company and ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified.

Press Contact:
Glenna Musante +1 919.604.7213