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Polartec, C.F. Stinson Develop Upholstery Fabric Collection

Polartec LLC — the Lawrence, Mass.-based producer of Polartec® technical performance fabrics — announced a return to the upholstery business with the launch of "Fit by Polartec®" collection developed in partnership with contract fabric company C.F. Stinson Inc., Rochester Hills, Mich.

Polartec reports the new knit fabric collection is based on its Polartec NeoShell® outdoor fabrics, and is manufactured in the United States at its bluesign® certified manufacturing plant in Lawrence. Three styles in the collection — Aero, Flex and Profile — are bluesign approved. The line offers a variety of fabric styles including an architectural knit structure, structural mesh-faced fabric, melton wool-like fabric, diamond motif fabric and plush velvet-type fabric.

"We have optimized and adapted the performance of [NeoShell] technology for upholstery, namely incredible moisture barrier technology and durability in a breathable, highly comfortable seating material," said Allison Spahr, vice president of global design, Polartec.

"It's not entirely clear which is the harsher environment, the top of Mount 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, C.F. Stinson.

The fabric line will be introduced at NeoCon 2013 in Chicago this week.

June 11, 2013