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RE: Thomas Register and P2 in the non-woven textile industry

Vince,  I am afraid I cannot be much help, but good luck.

However, your note did get me thinking.  Do you and the other P2Techers   
know that the Thomas Register is now on the internet at

 http://www.ThomasRegister.com   ?

The Thomas Register is basically a national "Yellow Pages" for ndustry.   
 If you have ever been in a library and seen about three feet of large,   
hardcover, green books all about the same thickness then you have   
probably seen the Thomas Register.  I forgot how I found out it was on   
the internet (probably through P2Tech), but it is there, and it is free   
(although you do have to register by giving them your name and email   
address and giving yourself a password that you have to remember), and   
the few times I have used it found it to be rather easy to use.  It seems   
to give a good brief description of each company you finally end up   
looking at.

From:  Vincent R. Perelli[SMTP:v_perelli@des.state.nh.us]
Sent:  Monday, July 13, 1998 5:46 PM
To:  p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject:  P2 in the non-woven textile industry

P2 Techers:

Haven't posted anything on the list in awhile.  I guess it's about time.   
are currently working with a non-woven textile manufacturer
(engineered fabrics) which produces anything from arts and craft felt to
shoe parts to speaker fabric to automotive related products (aftermarket
carpets and headliners, etc..)   The company, which generates its own
power, extrudes polyester and polyethylene pelletized feedstock.  The
fibers are color segregated, roughly spun, drawn, crimped, heat set,
dried, cut, and baled for further processing.  From there, the bales are
split, the cut fiber separated and teased out into a loose flat sheet and
then needle punched to the final non-woven textile specs.  Many of the
product lines are then run through several latex and similar coating and
saturation operations to provide water-proofing, flame-proofing, and/or
stiffening of the fabric.

This is a very proactive company, and they called us out just to take a
quick peek at the plant to see where they could possibly improve upon
things.  In particular, they wanted to find ways to reuse the cleaning
water from the coating and saturation lines and better ways to utilize
recycled plastic stock.  They had some other minor issues to address,
but we can handle those.

I've been very generic here, but what I am looking for are contacts who
have worked with this industry type before.  I would also be interested   
any publications and web sites that focus on the non-woven textiles
industry.  My initial internet searches came up kind of dry.  I thought   
throw the question out to this group to see what would come back.  It's
never failed me before!!
Thanks for indulging me.


 Vince Perelli, Manager

Vincent R. Perelli
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Pollution Prevention Program
6 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301-6509
phone:  603  271-2902
fax:    603  271-2456
v_perelli@des.state.nh.us or

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of production and new patterns of consumption;  a life-style
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