Get Your Gym Ready for the Back-To-School Sports Season

There’s a lot revolving around our nation’s schools this month! According to the Institute of Education Sciences, almost 50 million kids are attending public elementary and secondary schools in the U.S., not including the approximately 21 million students that are attending American colleges and universities this fall. Together, that’s 71 million students running around our nation’s education institutions! More than 125,000 public and private schools in the U.S. are getting back into their schedules and we all know that means the fall sports season is underway.

An ESPN survey reports that children and teens in the U.S. are Gym Divider Imageparticipating in more sports activities. The report says, “Generation Z, or those born in 2000 or after, can now be analyzed in significant numbers. Participation levels [in sports activities] are high for this age group… having over 50% take part in team sports and outdoor activities.”

You might be asking yourself what all of these stats have to do with textiles? Well, trust the textile experts! These numbers are crucial to our industry, indicating that the gyms in our schools will see some heavy usage this year. We advise planning ahead in order to keep sports organized at schools, gyms, and other indoor sports facilities.

To help school sports programs and indoor sports facilities better manage activities and physical education classes in their gyms, they should be using gym divider curtains, further detailed in our July Roll Trac Moving Hardware Imageblog. Gym divider curtains easily section large spaces into smaller areas where activities can happen simultaneously. Divider curtains from Mauritzon are available in clear, solid and mesh materials, or a combination of all three. The main of our gymnasium products are made using flame-retardant vinyl, with a flame-retardant vinyl mesh top. For safety, all materials in the gym divider curtains meet California Flame Requirements and NFPA 701 Large & Small Scale. In addition to the safety features, Roll Trac hardware makes gym divider curtains easy-to-use throughout a chaotic day.

Visit our website for more details about Mauritzon gym divider curtains and Roll Trac moving curtain partition hardware; or you can always give us a call at 800-621-4352. We’d be happy to tell you more about the products we manufacture at Mauritzon, and wish all of the participants good luck this 2015 school year and sports season!

Vinyl, Polyethylene and Polypropylene Offer Advantages to End-Users of Industrial Textile Products

As summer winds down this month, it’s time to start thinking ahead: It will soon be time to cover our boats, pools and outdoor living furniture to protect them from the unforgiving winter weather. The covers and tarps you will need are manufactured using a variety of industrial fabrics and textiles. These products are made from different kinds of materials, including vinyl, polyethylene and polypropylene. The materials used to manufacture industrial textiles have qualities and features that offer advantages to the end-users of industrial textile products – not to mention they make a world of difference in preparing for next year’s summer season.

Industrial fabrics that are laminated or coated with vinyl Vinyl Imageoffer strength and durability and are also resistant to punctures and tears. Vinyl coated fabrics are often used for industrial and military applications, covering trucks, heavy equipment, fields and more. It’s easy to see why they can also be used for awnings, signs and other outdoor consumer products. You can learn more about the vinyl industrial textiles we offer on our website.

Polyethylene and polypropylene are also used in the manufacturing of industrial fabrics. Both materials are used to create, what is known in the textile manufacturing industry, as olefin. Olefin is a man made fiber generally combined with other fibers to create outdoor fabric blends. In short, the main difference between polyethylene and polypropylene is that they are derived from different chemical compounds, or “monomers.” Polyethylene’s monomer is ethylene; while polypropylene’s monomer is propylene. Polypropylene is also considered to be more stiff and resistant to chemicals and organic solvents than polyethylene. Furthermore, polypropylene is non-stretching and less flexible than polyethylene, as we learn from

Products that need to be waterproof, durable, abrasion and UV-Polyethylene Image 2resistant (pool covers, marine covers, roof protectors and many types of tarps) are made with textiles using polyethylene and polypropylene. Mesh industrial fabrics are also made with these materials, offering both strength and breathability. To see some of the types of textiles and products we manufacturer with polyethylene and polypropylene, click here.

The above offers only a general overview of the different kinds of industrial textile materials, but you can learn more about industrial textile products made with vinyl, polyethylene and polypropylene by visiting our website. We are also available through e-mail: or phone: 800-621-4352. Feel free to ask us any questions about industrial textile products!

We’ve Got Things Covered When It Comes To Manufacturing Sports and Athletic Covers, Sports Vinyl Laminated Fabrics, and Gymnasium Divider Curtains

Sports. Whether or not you are a fan, or participant, the bottom line is that you would be hard-pressed to find a statistic saying that sports haven’t developed into a big industry. Take a moment to consider this; school athletic programs, community sports activities, and professional sports dominate the media and impact our lives regularly.

While the sports industry, itself, may be big – or better yet, huge – it’s the collaboration of efforts of smaller manufacturers, organizers, and organizations that make the sports industry what it is today.

At Mauritzon, we are key players in the U.S. sports industry, and as we say, “we’ve got things covered,” because we literally do. We provide everything from athletic covers, sports vinyl, and laminated fabrics, to sports and gymnasium divider curtains. Not only is Mauritzon, Inc. a family-owned business, but one of the nation’s largest and most diversified industrial textile wholesale manufacturers. Since 1888 – yes, 127 years ago – we’ve proudly served hundreds of industries in the U.S., and the sports industry is just one of them.

Here’s a brief overview of the aforementioned products we manufacture for the sports industry specifically:

Sport Vinyl Laminated Fabrics: Available in a variety of colors with a flame-retardant, vinyl laminated polyester leather-grain finish, the sport vinyl laminated fabrics we manufacture are used in a variety of applications, including:Sports and Athletic Covers Image

•Athletic field covers
• Sports bags
• Gym mats
• Wall pads
• Protective pads
• Jump pit covers
• Gym divider curtains
• Netting headers
• Laundry carts and more.

Our sport vinyl laminated fabrics are extremely durable, mildew resistant, and treated for “weatherability.” The fire-safe design passes California State’s Fire Marshal testing.

Sports and Athletic Covers: We manufacture a wide assortment of sports and athletic covers, including:Martial Arts Image

•Field covers
•Gymnasium floor covers
• Martial arts
• Boxing ring covers

Mauritzon gym floor and field covers are manufactured in our Chicago plant. Our sports covers are made out of vinyl or canvas, and are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Our martial arts, MMA, and boxing ring covers feature cutouts with hook and loop closure to fit around vertical posts. All three are made of vinyl and are also available in a variety of colors. You can contact us for samples of our materials, for further information about colors and color combinations, or reach out to us for a quote.

Gym Divider Curtains: Do you plan on having several athletic Gym Divider Imageevents going on at the same time in your gymnasium? Our gym divider curtains are exactly what you need! Made of flame-retardant vinyl, they’re available in clear, solid and mesh materials, or a combination of all three materials. They meet California Flame and NFPA 701 requirements. Call us for more specific information and details.

At Mauritzon we will continue to play our role in one of the largest U.S. industries, because when it comes to the manufacturing of athletic covers, sports vinyl laminated fabrics, and gymnasium divider curtains, we’ve definitely got things covered!

More Consumers “Living Outdoors” Combined with Increased Boat Sales Mean More Demand for Marine Fabrics

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we can finally say that Outdoor Living Imagesummer is officially here this month… and, it’s about time! It’s time to put away all remaining signs of this past winter and spring, and start enjoying some outdoor living for a refreshing change. According to the latest reports and trends, manufacturers in the marine industry, and in all industries that serve outdoor living markets, can look forward to increased business this summer.

Today’s consumers are heading outdoors. One recent report says, “The concept of ‘outdoor living’ is an increasingly popular trend that involves extending your indoor space to the outside… ‘bringing the indoors out.’” Another report on also talks about the outdoor living trend, saying, “Homeowners have always sought to live in harmony with nature. But whereas the trend used to be toward bringing the outdoors in, many today are doing the opposite—situating traditionally ‘indoor’ comforts onto the deck, porch, or patio.” But, it’s not just outdoor living at home that will be popular this summer. Consumers will be heading out on the water – lakes, rivers, oceans and bays – for some outdoor recreation, too.

All marine industry indicators are pointing in a positive direction, Marine Fabrics Imageand saying boating will be big this summer! The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) says a record number of Americans are “getting on the water (89 million in 2013 – the most recent figure available).” Powerboat sales are on the rise. The NMMA reports that sales of outboard, stern drive, and jet boats are expected to increase again this year. This increase applies to new and pre-owned powerboats, personal watercrafts, and sailboats. It’s estimated that more than 955,000 pre-owned boats were sold in the U.S. in 2013, and this year’s sales numbers are expected to top that.

The combination of more consumers “living outdoors” and increased boat sales means that there will be increased demand for marine fabrics. The Bob Vila report, quoted above, continued to say, “Thanks to advances in all-weather materials, furniture and accessories are now available in so many shapes, sizes and styles, you can decorate outdoor living spaces in much the same way that you would any room in the home.”

Whether you’re designing outdoor spaces, or simply covering and protecting your boat, you can find a wide assortment of marine fabrics at Mauritzon. We are wholesale manufacturers of industrial textile products and wholesale distributors of textiles, hardware, and findings. In fact, since 1888, we have been one of the nation’s largest, most diversified, industrial textile wholesale manufacturers and distributors. Some of the marine fabrics we offer include:

• Solarbloc® FireFoil Waterproof & Exceptionally Durable Marine Fabric
• Coastguard® 100% Solution Dyed Acrylic Awning & Marine Fabrics
• Sattler – Nautex Yachtmaster Premium Spin Dyed Acrylic Fabrics for Boat Covers
• Top Gun™ Acrylic Coated Polyester Marine Fabrics
• Mustang™ Mid-Weight Acrylic Coated Polyester Fabrics
• SOFTOUCH™ Laminated Polyester Fabrics with Soft Backing

Mauritzon also offers many other marine fabric options. Visit our website for more information, or give us a call at 800-621-4352 if you have any questions about marine fabrics and industrial textile products. We hope you get to take advantage of “outdoor living” and hit the water this summer!

Check out the new, easy-to-use, mobile-friendly Mauritzon website!

In one of our previous blog posts, we briefly touched on our customer service philosophy at Mauritzon noting, “Every customer has a name, story and need. We make it our business to learn all.” We pride ourselves on listening to our customers, and continuously work to improve their experiences with our company. Most importantly, we do our best to anticipate their needs for the future, while providing the highest quality industrial textile products and services around.

Just like we listen to our customers, we also listen to what’s going on in the industry and business, especially the topics and trends that directly impact our company. A recent “hot” news topic pertaining to business technology has been Google’s new, mobile-friendly algorithm that took effect in April. The change affects how websites rank in online search results. A simple explanation about what’s happening, without getting too “techy,” is that the way websites appear in Google search results will be significantly and negatively impacted if the websites aren’t mobile-friendly. [If you want to read more about the “techy” info affiliated with this change, you can read this article from]

designer drawing website development wireframeAs mentioned before, we’re always listening to our customers, and over the years, we’ve been taking notes on their feedback in reference to our website. When we learned about Google’s plans, we decided to do a complete overhaul; to launch a new website that would be optimized for Google’s new search algorithm, while also taking into account our customer feedback.

Overall, our new website has a much cleaner design, featuring beautiful photography. We also believe that our customers will appreciate how easy it is to use the new website, and furthermore, interact with Mauritzon. Here are some of the new and improved features:

• Improved navigation and functionality – You can easily find the information you’re looking for on each page of our website.

• Links to our social media sites – From our new website, you can link to and check out our social media pages on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter (and our blog, even though you’re already here!)

• New and improved content (and lots of it!) – See and read about all of the industrial textile products we manufacture and distribute.

• Mobile-friendly! – When you’re on the go, you can easily access and navigate our website using your iPhone, Android, iPad or tablet.

We love the results of our redesign, and hope you do, too! Let us know what you think. Yes, we are the oldest family-owned business in the Chicago area, but at Mauritzon, we consider ourselves to be one of the most forward-thinking businesses around! Much of our success has been built on our commitment to customer service, combined with our ability to evolve and move ahead with the times. This is what we’ve been doing for more than 126 years, and it’s worked… With that said, we plan on continuing this type of customer service and innovation for many more years to come!

A Good Awning is Invaluable to Your Business

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Awnings are one of those rare products that serve multiple important roles for business: they provide protection from the elements, serve as marketing tools, and fully incorporate the design of your company. In this one product, many goals are achieved. Therefore, your awning has to be great.

After all, it’s the first thing your customers see when they approach. A good awning also withstands extreme weather and holds up to the elements, while tempering heat yet allowing the sun to shine in on beautiful days. It’s designed to capture your unique aesthetics, while also capturing the attention of passersby and potential customers. As technologies come and go and marketing tools change, awnings will always be the first, last, and most important element that beckons attention and protects your storefront.

Awnings from Mauritzon are truly exceptional products; they deliver the highest quality, are extremely versatile, and have the backing of almost 120 years of family-owned experience.

When you combine these years and years of expertise with the best quality available, you get a line of products that is your best choice for protection, design, and attention-grabbing aesthetics. Specifically, Mauritzon’s line of awnings includes:

  • Eradi-Lite™: An eradicable, anti-crazing, flexible back-lit awning that’s lightweight, flame-retardant, and powerfully stain-resistant, and offers brilliant illumination.
  • Nite-Lite™: Constructed of vinyl-laminated polyester with an acrylic coated surface, the Nite-Lite™ back-lit awning offers protection and fire-resistance, with multiple colors that illuminate beautifully.
  • Awnmax®: Featuring patented antiwicking scrim, hard acrylic topcoats, and proven durability, Awnmax® awnings have unparalleled translucency while resisting bruises, marks, and dirt.
  • Sattler®: The Sattler® line of awnings includes high-quality fabrics designed for outdoor use and extreme durability, and the Firemaster®safety-assured flame-resistant awnings that offer extra protection and strength.

These are just some of the exceptional awnings we offer; each features unique attributes, but what they all have in common is quality of the highest level, and the backing of Mauritzon’s name.

No matter what you’re selling within your walls, you need the entrance to make a statement while protecting what’s inside. Check out our line of state-of-the-art awnings, and let us know how our products can serve and protect your storefront.

Full Steam Ahead for the U.S. Textile Industry


These days, there’s a lot of across-the-board economic optimism. U.S. manufacturing is seeing a major renaissance, housing is in a full-blown recovery, employment is up in many industries, and according to reports, January saw the highest level of consumer confidence since 2004.

There are many reasons behind this, ranging from true American innovation and technology to lower energy prices and a booming construction industry. When optimism and growth are being experienced throughout the country and its many sectors, it stands to reason that it will cause a ripple effect, reaching many industries and micro-economies.

As an example, Home Depot, the country’s largest home-improvement retailer, posted much-better-than-expected fourth-quarter profits because U.S. housing gains improved accordingly, causing Americans to spend more on their homes.*

This positive ripple effect is most definitely true for the textile industry, and all signs point to a very good year, with much improvement. As economic growth continues and consumers and businesses spend more, textile manufacturers and retailers will see the benefits.

Specific to the industry, there are a number of reasons things are looking up, including:

  • Reshoring: Countless businesses are returning business to American soil, due to higher quality and lower production costs.
  • Fewer imports: Accordingly, many American businesses are choosing domestic textile manufacturers over international suppliers.
  • Innovation and technology: American textile manufacturers are continuing to make great strides in quality and innovation, proving to be a better choice when quality is most important. U.S. textile mills are spending more on advanced technology, further increasing quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.
  • “Made in America” sentiment: American consumers and businesses alike are choosing to buy domestic whenever possible, wishing to support local businesses and the many qualities they embody, including sustainability.

Statistics** are showing increased demand for textile mill products, home products including rugs, apparel, and more, and shipments of these products are continuing to increase—with projections showing continued increase this year.

It seems all signs point to a good year ahead for textiles—for many reasons—and we look forward to meeting the demands, as we have been since 1888.



Hot Summer Days are on their Way… Plus Other Reasons Why You’ll Want to Construct or Seek Shelter Under Awnings Made with Awnshade Fabric

With sub-freezing temperatures still affecting many locations in the U.S. right now, you may find it difficult to remember the sweltering heat of recent summers. But, recent research about weather trends shows “significant” increases in the number of extremely hot days and nights, and this trend is expected to continue. In fact, the Old Farmer’s Almanac, which has been in the business of predicting weather since 1792 (almost one hundred years longer than we’ve been in business here at Mauritzon – we started in 1888), is calling for more hot summer days in the months ahead.

Get ready! Summer 2015 in the U.S. will be here before we know it, and it’s a good idea to start planning for the anticipated “extremely hot days and nights” now. Now is also a good time to think about ways to keep your cool when the temperatures heat up, and to start planning how you’re going to help your customers keep their cool this summer, as well. In addition to seeking shelter indoors in air-conditioned homes and offices, many people will look for ways to stay cool when they’re outdoors this summer. Seeking shade and shelter under well-constructed awnings made with high-quality outdoor fabrics is one way to escape some of the heat.

As one of the nation’s largest industrial textile wholesale manufacturers and distributors, we’ve been featuring all types of industrial fabrics and related hardware for 127 years. Awning and outdoor fabrics and awning hardware are among our vast product selection, and this month we’re debuting a new awning and outdoor fabric here at Mauritzon. It’s called “Awnshade” because it’s so durable and easy to work with for awning construction, and it offers many great features for use outdoors, including:

  • It’s available in 20 eye-catching colors and can also be custom-colored on both sides, making it perfect for privacy curtains and all types of awnings – residential awnings, retractable awnings, permanent awnings – and other outdoor products.
  • It features anti-wicking scrim, and this protects the fabric against discoloration.
  • The fabric is low-maintenance and easy-to-clean – if and when cleaning is necessary, because Awnshade features a non-porous coating that repels most dirt and pollutants on its own!
  • It resists bruising and markings, and anyone involved in awning construction will appreciate that it’s so easy to weld.
  • Awnshade is also fire-resistant, conforming to ULC-S109M, NFPA-701 and CSFM.
  • And, as we mentioned, before, Awnshade is durable in high-heat situations and other harsh environments, so it’s ready to take the heat on those hot summer days ahead.

Additional information about Awnshade and other awning and outdoor fabrics we offer at Mauritzon can be found on our website. Or, if you have any questions, give us a call at 800-621-4352.


Industrial Fabrics and Materials Used to Manufacture Tarps and Tarpaulins Often Dictate How the Tarps and Tarpaulins are Used

There are so many uses for tarps and tarpaulins: You can protect equipment and machinery and you can also keep the equipment and machinery dry, if the equipment is outdoors and exposed to the elements. Tarps and tarpaulins can also prevent condensation from happening and causing damage. These are just some of the common uses for tarps and tarpaulins. But there are many other convenient uses that are lesser known, and the uses often depend on the type of industrial fabrics and materials used to manufacture the tarps and tarpaulins.

vinyl-coated-mesh-tarpsTarps and tarpaulins are manufactured from various types of industrial fabrics and materials, including:

  • Canvas
  • Polyethylene
  • Vinyl / Neoprene, and
  • Mesh

flame-retardant-vinyl-coversA canvas tarp and tarpaulin made from a water-resistant canvas can protect and/or conceal equipment while eliminating condensation. These types of tarps and tarpaulin are breathable and strong, in addition to being water-resistant. We manufacture canvas tarpaulin – made with green, tan, brown or white canvas – with brass tie-down grommets. Canvas tarps are also made from untreated natural canvas and are available in a flame-retardant variety.

We also manufacture super heavy-duty, reinforced polyethylene tarps – the kinds that are used for building enclosures, membrane structures and alternate daily landfill covers. These polyethylene tarps are extremely abrasion- and UV-resistant and, like the canvas tarps, the polyethylene tarps are also available in a flame-retardant version.

Our “regular” heavy-duty reinforced polyethylene tarps offer strong protection against the outdoor elements, so they’re commonly used to protect roofs, pools, boats, equipment, and anything exposed to rain and/or snow. The polyethylene fabric creates a totally water-proofed tarp. We also offer a heavy-duty reinforced fire-retardant polyethylene tarp that offers the same strength but is also flame retardant to NFPA-701 standards. Other polyethylene tarps we manufacture include our clear string-reinforced polyethylene tarps (with heavy-duty diamond reinforcement that protects against tears), and medium-duty and light-duty reinforced polyethylene tarps, which can provide temporary, economical cover.

Vinyl and neoprene tarps are made of fabrics offering strength and abrasion-resistance. These types of tarps are often used for trucking, construction, agriculture and other industrial applications. The vinyl and neoprene tarps resist oil, acid, grease and mildew. Flame-resistant vinyl tarps meet NFPA-701 standards and are often used for interior divider curtains, welding curtains, paint booth curtains, floor coverings and more.

Since 1888 – more than a century ago – Mauritzon, Inc. has been one of the nation’s largest, most diversified industrial textile wholesale manufacturers and distributors. Contact us for more information about all of the tarps and tarpaulin we manufacture.

Getting to Know Mauritzon!


Why do some companies close their doors after a few years in business while others successfully navigate through good times and bad? Here at Mauritzon, Inc, we believe it is the combination of offering great products and meeting the needs of our customers through a dedicated staff. After 126 years, it must be working.

Our history in industrial textiles began as suppliers of canvass for the sails of ships. We’re still in the marine business, but like all well-run companies, leveraged changes in the marketplace to diversify. Today, we provide quality products for industries including manufacturing, athletics, transportation and retail.

Customers enjoy doing business with our company. Perhaps it is because the goal of our team of sales professionals is learning about you and your needs. No selling, just listening. Only after we understand your situation, will we discuss the right solution. And, if you like what you hear, you will definitely love our prices.

There are other reasons Mauritzon has been around for so long. Many in the industry require a minimum order. We don’t believe this approach adds to our bottom line and can hurt the customer. That’s why you will never be required to buy more than you need from Mauritzon.

Finally, we adhere to a group of best practices. These are at the core of our success.

  • Every customer has a name, story and need. We make it our business to learn all.
  • Offer a wide selection of products. We cannot be something to everyone. However, we do our best to deliver the solution that’s right for you.
  • Great products at great prices. At Mauritzon, we offer value.
  • Provide a professional sales experience with talented people who know the product line.

Mauritzon, Inc is the oldest family-owned business in the Chicago area. Many of our 107 employees have been with us for decades and take great pride in doing what it takes to deliver the finest service. We invite you to learn more about our company and products.