Ocean State Innovations Acquires Cloud9 Fabrics
Ocean State Innovations (OSI), a leading textile provider, announced the acquisition of Cloud9 Fabrics of Cranford, New Jersey Cloud9 Fabrics predominately offers organic fabrics to the quilting trade. Cloud9 has been in business for over 14 years and offers a selection of apparel fabrics for home sewing. They use only 100% certified organic cotton in the manufacturing of their cotton base cloths and eco-responsible low-impact dyes for printing and dying. Cloud9 Fabrics, in conjunction with P&B Textiles, will allow OSI to offer different cotton substrates to the home sewing industry. "The synergy between Cloud9 Fabrics and P&B Textiles will result in OSI becoming a much more important resource for the home sewer," said Ed Odessa, President and CEO of P&B Textiles. Cloud9 has a sister brand, Felicity Fabrics, which is aimed specifically at more traditional quilters who are looking for the Cloud9 designer flair with a focus on smaller prints and strong supporting basics that work across all of the collections. ''We are thrilled that Cloud9 and Felicity Fabrics are now part of our team. With their outstanding design sense and knowledge of the industry, there is no doubt that this newly created collaboration will be a resounding success,'' said David Odessa, Executive Vice President and CEO of P&B Textiles. Founded in 1913 as Brand and Oppenheimer Company, Inc. (B&O) as a supplier of garment linings, Ocean State Innovations celebrates a rich history in the textile industry. In 2014 Brand & Oppenheimer acquired Performance Textiles, a U.S. textiles supplier. In 2015 B&O entered an equity partnership with 1947 LLC’s management team: Ed Ricci, Ben Galpen, and Bryan Boulis, all industry experts with over 100 years of combined experience. The 1947 LLC Management team has grown the business through organic sales, strategic partnerships, and acquisitions. In 2017 B&O acquired the assets of Cutting Edge TexStyles, a global supplier of Bindings, Trims, and Piece Goods. In 2018 B&O acquired the assets of General Fabrics Inc., a global designer and wholesale distributor of quilting fabrics. In 2019, Brand and Oppenheimer became Ocean State Innovations to continue the tradition of quality textiles while focusing on the company’s innovative industry expertise and strong Rhode Island roots.
In 2020, OSI acquired the assets of ColorWorks, a premier textile dyer and finisher located in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Ocean State Innovations has distinguished itself as the premier global source of textile products and services and continues as a leader in the textile industry for the U.S. Military. OSI brings that same innovative textile expertise to many commercial market segments such as medical, industrial, automotive, and traditional apparel.