Polartec Back in The Upholstery Business

LAWRENCE, MASS. - Polartec is re-entering the contract upholstery business in partnership with C.F. Stinson with the launch the "Fit by Polartec" collection at NeoCon show in Chicago this week.
     "Two years ago Polartec launched a revolutionary new waterproof breathable technology for mountaineers and athletes called Polartec NeoShell. We have optimized and adapted the performance of this technology for upholstery, namely incredible moisture barrier technology and durability in a breathable, highly comfortable seating material," said Allison Spahr, vp of global design at Polartec.
     Polartec partnered with Patagonia to create a modern synthetic fleece for the cold weather apparel sector in the early 1980's. With the C.F. Sinson alliance, Polartec is applying technology from outdoor apparel textiles to create new, high performance contract upholstery fabrics.
     "It's not entirely clear which is the harsher environment, the top of Mt. Everest or seating in a medical waiting room, but we have worked closely with Polartec to bring their advanced textile science and valued brand to the commercial interiors and furniture markets," said John Rowan, Director of Sales and Product Development for CF Stinson.
     All styles in the Fit collection are being produced in the U.S. at Polartec's blue sign certified manufacturing facility in Lawrence, Mass.

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