The newly formed 574 Textile Group – a group of fabric suppliers which takes its name from the area code serving Elkhart County and parts of northern Indiana – plans a “showtime” fabric market show for RV and manufactured housing OEMs and designers Dec. 15-18.
Each supplier will schedule appointments with OEMs and designers, and the showings will be held in the suppliers’ showrooms in the Elkhart County area, according to Joe Kalil, a spokesman for the group.
574 Textile Group was formed as a local resource for new textile designs and constructions to the RV/MH designer/OEMs, according to its mission statement.
These shows will be held in December and June each year and are designed as an alternative to designers traveling to North Carolina fabric markets. The core group is composed of suppliers with local showrooms and/or representation.
Kalil said the December and June shows will be more convenient for the northern Indiana industries and more economical, saving buyers time out of the office, providing flexible appointment schedules and guaranteeing quicker response for samples and prototype yardage.
This is not designed to take the place of the semiannual shows held in High Point, N.C., he said, but to give OEMs and designers an alternative. He said the feature should be appealing to firms that are looking to cut costs in a soft economy.
“This way it will give more exposure to a larger group of people,” he said.
The participating suppliers are: Swavelle/Mill Creek Fabrics, Elkhart; Richlooms Fabrics Group, Elkhart; Culp Inc., Elkhart; Linc Marketing, Three Rivers, Mich.; Pletcher Sales, Bristol; David Rothschild, Elkhart; QF Industries, Elkhart; Fabric Services, Bristol; and CMI Enterprises, Elkhart.