MMI Textiles’ Amy Bircher shares her thoughts on IFAI and its value to the industry, as well as the textile industry in general as she begins her term as chairman of the IFAI board of directors.
Amy Bircher was recently named the 53rd chair of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) at the IFAI Annual Meeting held during IFAI Expo 2021 in Nashville, Tenn. Bircher, founder and CEO of MMI Textiles Inc., Westlake, Ohio, succeeded outgoing Chairman Kathy Schaefer, CFO of Glawe Awning & Tent Co., Fairborn, Ohio.
In business since 1997, ISO 9001-certified MMI Textiles specializes in supplying technical textile products — from woven and knit fabrics to webbing, elastic, hook and loop fasteners, and more — to military and tactical, medical, and commercial markets. Initially operating as a manufacturer’s representative, the company now also oversees the production of its own stock and custom products, many of which are domestically made. According to the company, it has experienced double-digit growth every year since it opened its doors — a fact it credits to strong vendor partnerships and customer commitments. The company’s growth included the acquisition of NDW Textiles Inc. in 2007, her family’s converting business that has since quadrupled in size. MMI also opened a new narrow weaving facility in Lenoir, N.C., that oversees production of its patented CT Edge® and other Mil -Spec narrow fabrics. READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE