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ITMA Partners With IHFRA To Benefit Fabric Reps

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ITMA announced that as part of its mission to help independent contractors who design and sell products for its members, the International Textile Market Assn. is offering a new representative level of membership made possible by a partnership with the International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn.

ITMA fabric reps will constitute a new chapter of IHFRA and will be listed in IHFRA’s online directory, and as IHFRA chapter members in the ITMA Rep Directory, which is printed semiannually as well as updated daily online at www.itmashowtime.com. In addition, ITMA will now allow non-ITMA member companies to be listed under fabric reps’ contact information.

The package features group insurance opportunities including: Group/Individual Life, Disability, Major Medical, Professional Property and Liability, Long Term Care, Dental, Auto, and Home. 

In addition, discounts are available with Office Depot, Staples, Jos.A.Banks, UPS Shipping, FedEx/Kinko’s and Furniture/Today trade newspaper.

Travel discounts also are available at five major rental car companies and seven hotel groups.  Other services include discounts with four major wireless carriers, Lyons Credit Service, Hewlett Packard brand product discounts, Best Buy discounts, free legal advice, and access to the String and Splinter Club in High Point. 

Bob Patton, president of ITMA and a sales rep for fabric supplier P/Kaufmann, is encouraging textile reps to take advantage of the new membership level. “With one small annual investment, individuals can save more than $1,000 per year on products and services they already use,” Patton says. “As an IHFRA member, I have found the Membership Lapel Pin invaluable as it gives access to the High Point and Las Vegas markets, as well as automatic pre-registration for both.”

BACKGROUND: Founded in 1990, ITMA is a non-profit trade association, consisting of
mills, converters, tanneries and trimming manufacturers that supply
decorative coverings for the home furnishings industry, whose main objective
is to stimulate growth and development within the home furnishings industry.
Showtime boasts the most extensive presentation of fabric, leather and
trimmings in the Western Hemisphere.

The next Showtime is set for December 5-8, 2010.

Further information about ITMA and Showtime is available at
www.ITMAshowtime.com or via email to info@itmashowtime.com or calling (336) 885-6842.

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