About Us

History of Mayer Fabrics

1897 – Mr. George L. Paetz started the Paetz Company to fill a need for a local supplier who would provide products to manufacturers of custom design buggies and repair.

Early 1900s –  The company transitioned to a supplier of fabrics, vinyls and upholstery for residential applications.

1961 – Harold C. Paetz and Richard F. Mayer, Sr. assume ownership and key management responsibilities.

1985 – Richard F. Mayer, Sr. assumes 100% ownership.

1988 – A new division of the Paetz Company – Mayer Fabrics was created to offer the contract market highly durable fabrics at price points previously unavailable.

1990s – The success of the original offering led to dynamic partnerships with a select handful of mills, and expansion into the hospitality and healthcare markets.

2001 – Mayer Fabrics acquired Lucia Cassa Textiles. The Lucia Cassa convergence collection marked a commitment to product appeal in both design and price. To ensure this trend continued, Lucia Kennerly became Mayer Fabrics’ director of product development.

2003 – Steve Mayer, son of Richard F. Mayer, was appointed as Chief Financial Officer.

2010 – Mayer Fabrics woven textiles became GREENGUARD certified and the company becomes a UPS Carbon Neutral shipper.

2011 – Mayer Fabrics becomes a CarbonNeutral® company.

2012 – After 20+ years of exhibiting, Mayer Fabrics opens a showroom at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago for NeoCon.

2014 – Leadership Team Restructures – Richard F. Mayer, announced the appointment of Rick Mayer as Co-Chief Executive Officer, Rob Mayer as President and Mick Mayer as Senior Vice President for Government Sales.

2016 – Mayer Fabrics opens a permanent showroom at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, occupying space 1173.

Today the Mayer Fabrics brand is experiencing consistent, steady growth by providing exceptional design at an exceptional price combined with superior customer service to all customers.

Mayer Fabrics Vision:
Supply Stylish Contract Textiles at a Great Value

Mayer Fabrics consistently delivers innovative and effective contract textile solutions that bridge the gaps between design, durability, affordability and sustainability.

For over 100 years, we’ve understood our customers deserve to receive quality products at excellent prices. Our product line is ever-expanding and changing, utilizing the latest technology and incorporating great design and fresh colors. What has remained constant is a commitment to value for those who specify our textiles.

Mayer Fabrics | Milled in AmericaPDF

At Mayer Fabrics, we take great pride in the fact that many of our textiles are made in America. For more than 100 years, our fabrics have provided solutions that meet or exceed customers’ expectations.

We will always strive to deliver quality-crafted designs while doing our part to support the American Textiles Industry.

Mayer Fabrics and the Environment

Mayer Fabrics makes an ongoing commitment to sustainability which has and will always remain a core consideration throughout the entire development process of our textiles. Beginning in 2001, we developed collections under our EcoSystem® brand which include all textiles made from 100% recycled content. Reduced environmental impact attributes can be found on the back of cards and are designated with a green edge in our binders.

Environmental regard is given to all aspects of our product beginning with material origins and ending with possible post-life impacts. As the benefits of sustainable products become more apparent, so do the prospects. What were once considered obstacles are now opportunities — ones we are excited to explore. Equally important to the products we develop are the actions we take. To this end, we have two LEED Accredited Professionals on staff to help guide our decisions. Mayer Fabrics continues to transform its product development and business practices to reflect positive environmental choices every day. We welcome and embrace suggestions to facilitate this progress because we know it’s as important to you as it is to us.

Mayer Fabrics’ woven fabrics became GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® and GREENGUARD Children & SchoolsSM Certified in 2010. These certifications required Mayer’s fabrics meet some of the most rigorous chemical emissions standards in the world, including being screened for over 10,000 chemicals. This provides assurance that Mayer’s products contribute to creating healthier indoor environments.

Reduced Environmental Impact

Our woven products have earned GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold Certification and our non-woven have earned GREENGUARD Certification. GREENGUARD Certified products are tested for low chemical emissions to standard UL 2818 and may to contribute to LEED certification. This certification is a part of our commitment to the sensitivity of today’s designers, the well being of end users and the sustainability of our environment.
Crypton Green
All Crypton products are environmentally preferable. Crypton is produced in a world-class manufacturing operation. Crypton is committed to green and has incorporated Cryptons’s optimized green formulation in all Crypton upholstery, meaning a greener Crypton.
The Facts icon indicates that a textile has been evaluated based on the requirements of the multi-attribute sustainability standard NSF/ANSI 336 through an independent third-party certification body authorized by the Association for Contract Textiles.
The bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from
the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe
production. This not only ensures that the final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements
worldwide but also provides confidence to the consumer to acquire a sustainable product.
MBDC cradle to cradle
Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM is a multi-attribute ecolabel administered by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation InstituteTM that assesses products for safety to human and environmental health, design for recyclability or compostability, and responsible manufacturing processes. For more information about the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, visit http://www.C2Ccertified.org.Criteria Categories
A certified product must meet requirements in five categories:
— MaterialHealth (impact on human & environmental health)
— Material Reutilization (recyclability or compostability)
— Renewable Energy Use
— Water Stewardship
— Social Responsibility
Levels of Certification:
Products can be certified at four levels (Basic, Silver, Gold or Platinum) to reflect a progression of achievements. At each level, the product must meet the criteria for that level in all five categories.
PVC Free
Polyurethanes are used as an alternative to PVC based faux leathers for several reasons:

  • PU’s will decompose over time, whereas PVC is environmentally indestructible and will eventually end up in land fills.
  • PU is incinerable, whereas vinyl and can release hydrochloric acid and other toxic compounds when burned.
  • PU’s typically contain a significantly lower level of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) than PVC, resulting in improved indoor air quality.

Many manufacturers of contract quality Polyurethane are as attentive to environmental stewardship, as they are to improving the long term performance of their products. The following are benefits particular to PU’s from the maker of Encore by The Symphony Collection:

  • Phthalate Free
  • BPA (Bisphenol A) Free
  • Lead & Heavy Metal Free
  • Energy Efficient Production
  • Water Efficient Production
  • 99% of all Water and Raw Materials used in production is reclaimed and recycled.


Recycling Programs

Solution-Dyed Nylon Type 6Recycling Mayer Fabrics offers a reclaiming and recycling program for our solution-dyed nylon type 6 fabrics.
At the end of their life cycles, these fabrics can be returned for recycling into fiber or other materials.

Fabrics should be sent to the following address, prepaid, for recycling:
Nylon Type 6 Recycling/Mayer Fabrics 10056 Highway 52 North Ansonville, NC 28007

Carbon Neutral Facts

Mayer Fabrics CarbonNeutral® Company Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is climate change? Climate change is the long-term change in average weather conditions, including temperature, precipitation and wind. The prime cause of climate change is the buildup of heat trapping greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. These gases are produced as a by-product of almost everything we do. Because we are all responsible for producing GHGs, we can also be responsible for cutting GHGs and help to slow climate change. A major source of emissions is energy used in manufacturing products, offices, homes, driving and flying.

2. Can we stop climate change? Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most significant GHG. Around the world, people and businesses are taking voluntary steps to cut emissions. At the same time, governments have set and agreed to binding GHG reduction targets at state, national and international levels. Latest scientific opinion is that global GHG reductions of 80% are necessary within the next 50 years. This is a very significant challenge, especially in the context of growing emissions from developing countries.

3. What is CarbonNeutral®? CarbonNeutral® demonstrates positive action to tackle climate change. The CarbonNeutral® is a certification which is awarded when GHG emissions have been measured and reduced to net zero in accordance with a standard called The CarbonNeutral Protocol. A wide range of things can be made CarbonNeutral®, such as events, activities, companies, products etc. The scope of the carbon footprint (sum of all GHGs) is defined by the Protocol and will change according to the certification awarded. The reductions are likely to be delivered through a mix of internal actions within a business itself, as well as through carbon offsetting.

4. What does the carbon footprint include? For us, CarbonNeutral ® Company signifies that the emissions created by the following have been measured: • Natural gas consumption • Electricity consumption • Waste disposed • Gasoline used in company vehicles • Miles traveled by rental car • Miles traveled by air • Hotel night stays • Commuting type and distance • Refrigerant gas loss • Movement of company owned goods

5. With what projects is Mayer Fabrics offsetting its carbon emissions? The company has selected three offsetting projects to offset with: • Conservation-based forest management project in the Garcia River Forest in Northern California verified and certified to the Climate Action Reserve. • Biomass renewable energy project supporting polyester production in Phetchaburi Thailand verified and certified to the Verified Carbon Standard. • Coal mine methane capture project in Tieling China verified and certified to the Verified Carbon Standard.

UPS Carbon Neutral

Mayer Fabrics is proud to participate in UPS Carbon Neutral. UPS is the first small package carrier to offer its customers the ability to offset the carbon dioxide emissions generated by the transport of their packages within the United States.

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Why is the focus on carbon? The term carbon actually refers to carbon dioxide, or CO2, one of the six main constituents of greenhouse gases that is believed to be the principal cause of global climate change. The reason many focus on carbon dioxide is because it is produced by the combustion of fossil fuels. Because millions of people directly or indirectly participate in activities that burn fossil fuels, like driving cars or using electricity, many see the reduction of carbon emissions as the most direct way we can slow the production of greenhouse gases.

What is a carbon offset and how does that relate to UPS carbon neutral shipping? A carbon offset is a certified financial instrument aimed at a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. A carbon offset is used when another organization’s project yields less carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases than would otherwise occur. UPS purchases carbon credits to give Mayer Fabrics and all its customers a way to “offset” the emissions produced by the transportation of their shipments.

Why is UPS offering carbon neutral shipping? UPS is working hard to reduce its climate impact of transportation. UPS carbon neutral shipping allows Mayer Fabrics to help fund certified projects that have a positive impact on the planet. Carbon neutral shipping also complements the emissions reduction activities that UPS already has in place.

Is the UPS carbon neutral process third-party verified? UPS carbon neutral shipping is verified by Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), an inspection, testing and verification company. This means that you can have confidence in the UPS carbon neutral shipping method. Additionally, our carbon offset process is certified by The CarbonNeutral Company.

Has the carbon calculator methodology been verified? UPS has developed a proprietary system which calculates the emissions generated by our operations. This calculation includes U.S. domestic small package, International small package, Air and Ocean forwarding and UPS U.S. ground freight. It includes the following emissions sources: Scope 1: direct emissions from combustion of fuel in UPS operated ground vehicle fleet, combustion of fuel in UPS operated aircraft, stationary sources associated with UPS controlled facilities globally Scope 2: indirect emissions associated with purchased electricity in UPS controlled facilities globally Scope 3: combustion of fuel in ocean, air, rail and ground transportation, operated by third parties in providing delivery services to UPS. This calculator allows us to offer UPS carbon neutral shipping. We calculate the carbon impact of all shipments sent using UPS carbon neutral, based on our own UPS-specific methodology verified by SGS.

How is UPS’s carbon neutral methodology different from those used by third parties that claim to neutralize UPS shipments? Our calculations are based on detailed knowledge of the UPS network and operations—knowledge that only UPS can provide. UPS’s calculation method is accurate because it: Starts with an accurate company emissions inventory, includes scopes 1, 2, and 3 emissions, in a manner verified by SGS Considers each mode of transport Uses an accurate “true-up” calculation from the same year the shipments occurred

How does choosing UPS carbon neutral shipping help? Purchasing offsets supports environmental projects that help mitigate the impact of our shipping. We want to do our share to reduce our climate impact.

Corporate Citizenship

Mayer Fabrics considers its standing as a positive corporate citizen, another measure by which business success should be determined. By identifying causes and relationships that are most positively impacted by our products and support, we diligently serve organizations with greater causes.

The Common Thread for the Cure The Common Thread for the Cure foundation was established to unite the contract furnishings industry in the battle against breast cancer. It is their belief that by working together, we can enhance the quality of life for individuals and their families in our industry who have breast cancer. As well as, enabling them to maintain as normal of a lifestyle as possible while they are confronting this disease. Mayer Fabrics is proud to participate, and will continue to support, events and opportunities made available by The Common Thread for the Cure. Thanks to them, our industry is playing a role in improving the lives of those affected by this disease. Mayer Fabrics is donating 2% of sales from its Positive Thoughts Collection to The Common Thread. Patterns include Positive Thoughts, Fairy Tales, Big Top and Cuddle Up.

Personal Energy Transportation (PET) The Personal Energy Transportation (PET) project’s mission is “to provide appropriate mobility for all of God’s children in need.” With the help of more than 100 volunteers, PET continues to manufacture and distribute special “hand-powered” wheelchairs to third-world countries. Serving victims who have lost mobility due to war, birth defects, accidents or disease, so far, PETs have been given to people in 69 countries. As a result, doctors and physical therapists have seen marked improvements in the general health, strength, coordination and even self-esteem of PET recipients. Mayer Fabrics serves PET by donating the vinyl used to cover the seats of PETs. We are thankful to Personal Energy Transportation and its volunteers for making this opportunity available. And we are proud to be a partner in this important project.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana With over 100,000 jobs lost in Indiana over the past 12 months, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana received a 41% increase in calls for assistance. They were able to distribute a record-breaking equivalent of 18 million meals in 2009. Gleaners continues to support the rising demand as well as a new food pantry and expand vital children’s programs such as Kids Cafe and BackSacks – Weekend Food for Kids. Mayer Fabrics is proud to help Gleaners help those in need. For more information visit www.gleaners.org.