Celebrating Dr. Martin Bide on his retirement!

RITIN wishes Dr. Martin Bide the best as he retires from the University of Rhode Island, where he is a Professor, Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design in the College of Business. Dr. Bide has been a terrific partner to the textile industry in the region, in addition to educating a generation of textile science professionals. 

Read the story featuring Dr. Bide and RITIN's Mary Johnson, Microfibers: The Fastest Growing Plastic Pollutant, in the current edition of the University of Rhode Island's Momentum Research & Innovation Magazine.

View the recording of our March webinar with Dr. Bide and Propel's Clare King.

In honor of Dr. Bide's retirement, Clare King is matching gifts to the URI College of Business Textile, Merchandising & Design Department's Textile Science Support Fund. Checks can be mailed to:

TMD Textile Science Support Fund
URI Foundation & Alumni  Engagement
P.O. Box 1700
Kingston, RI  02881  

Are you hiring? 

RITIN would like to better understand the hiring needs of textile companies in the region. Please help us by completing our 5-minute workforce survey.

If you're like most small businesses in Rhode Island, you're looking for new employees and need more ways to spread the word when you're hiring. Consider these job boards when posting manufacturing or design careers:

Skills for Rhode Island's Future
We Make RI

Need to create or improve in-house training and onboarding, or help current employees learn new skills? Contact Polaris MEP.

Consider membership in Industry groups and Chamber of Commerce, including:
Rhode Island Manufacturers Association
Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Rhode Island Black Business Association
Rhode Island Chambers of Commerce (listed by region)

If you email RITIN a link to your job posting or tag RITIN on social media, we'll share your jobs in our network.

RITIN social media tags
Twitter: @RITINoffical
Linked In: RITextiles
Facebook: Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network
AFFOA’s mission enables a manufacturing-based revolution - the transformation of traditional fibers, yarns, and textiles into highly sophisticated integrated and networked devices and systems. In the next entry to RITIN's Executive Insights webinar series, join RITIN's Chairman, Michael Woody, as we focus on AFFOA's partnership with textile companies and universities to further their mission.

Register now for the June 23, 2021 webinar

Have an idea for a RITIN Executive Insights webinar? Contact RITIN.
Textile companies are not immune from the challenges manufacturers and small businesses face when hiring and retaining employees. Join RITIN’s Chairman, Michael Woody, and Polaris MEP’s Center Director, Kathie Mahoney, as they discuss workforce training and programs that can help textile companies train new hires and current employees more effectively.

Register now for the July 14, 2021 webinar

Featuring speakers and panel discussions from:
  • • Navy Supply Systems Command
  • • Naval Exchange Services Command
  • • Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility
This program is convened and supported by 401 Tech Bridge, the Naval X Northeast Tech Bridge, the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network and the North Carolina Military Business Center.

The Navy Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), Naval Exchange Service Command (NECOM) and Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility (NCTRF) are interested in gathering information for potential current and future efforts with industry and academia. The goal is to further develop new and emerging technologies and concepts within the areas of dress clothing, military uniforms, protective clothing, textile and clothing testing and design/pattern development.

The collaborative forum will include presentations and a panel discussion with subject matter experts for Navy uniforms, protective clothing, testing, materials and business development. Participants will have the opportunity to submit written questions.
Topics to include:
  • • Small business development opportunities
  • • Applied research areas
  • • Potential areas of basic research applying them towards Navy and military requirements

Industry and academia who have expertise in the areas listed below are encouraged to apply for one of the limited number of (virtual) private appointments to be held in the afternoon of August 26. Please indicate your interest in a private appointment when you register for the workshop in order to receive the application and quad chart template.
Learn more and register!
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Input on R&D and Training Equipment Requested

RITIN, 401 Tech Bridge and Polaris MEP are exploring opportunities to support shared equipment needs among the textile community.  Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey to share your thoughts on shared equipment for R&D and training. 

RITIN Discount Codes for IFAI's Outlook Conference

The IFAI Outlook Conference is August 29-31 in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Outlook offers attendees the opportunities to network, learn and connect with key executives in their industry. 

Benefits of Attending:

  • Hear expert insight into new trends and opportunities in the market
  • Gain unique access to U.S. material suppliers and end-users
  • Network with key industry executives and share ideas on how to grow your business
  • Take home new information, advice and tactics that you can use to improve your company

As a partner of the IFAI Outlook Conference, RITIN can help those who are not already IFAI members access a discount on conference registration:

  • Full Registration + military morning discount = O21RITINFRMM
  • Full Registration = O21RITINFR

AFFOA Project Call 2.0

AFFOA has launched Project Call 2.0 which focuses on five topics that have been identified through engagement with government and industry entities, including members of AFFOA’s Fabric Innovation Network. Proposals are requested within the scope of each topic. 
Topic 2.1: Team System Demonstrator
Topic 2.2: Materials and Process Assessment
Topic 2.3: Textile Device Advancement
Topic 2.4: Textile Device Integration
Topic 2.5: Textile Technology Translation

Learn more by visiting the AFFOA website. Pre-proposals are due at 5 PM PST on June 13, 2021. 

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