NEW CONCEPT: Red Bank, N.J.-based Concept III Textiles took over the merchandising, sales and marketing operations of New York-based converter Travis Textiles on Aug. 6 with the goal of expanding its international presence.

The 50-year-old Travis, which specializes in high-performance woven fabrics for outerwear, among other end uses, sources domestically and currently caters to the U.S. market only. "Domestic sourcing retains many advantages," said David Parkes, president of Concept III Textiles. "But it is imperative that U.S. companies be able to look beyond our shores now, to be flexible enough to take advantage of the best combination of opportunities in the marketplace for their customers."

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