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Here’s The Place To Go For Tarps
Les Neilly has you covered with tarps and awnings of all kinds, shapes and sizes, not to mention the chains, binders and straps you’ll need to secure them. If he doesn’t have what you need, he can probably make it. The company boasts 75 years experience making tarps.
“Most of our tarps are truck type, 18-oz., vinyl-coated poly material,” says Neilly. “It is a lot more heavy-duty than the thin tarps you find in big box stores.”
Neilly uses heavier material to start with, plus polyester thread reinforcement. He puts in webbing all the way around the tarp to reinforce the eyelets.
“We have very few issues with eyelets pulling out,” he says. “Seams are heat sealed for waterproofing. The seams should last longer than the overall tarp.”
For even heavier-duty uses, Neilly offers a 22-oz. vinyl. It is matched by heavier thread, base and coating.
While there is limited demand for old style canvas, Neilly still carries it as well. Customers asking for it are looking for breathability and to avoid the condensation found with vinyl. He also offers flame retardant canvas curtains.
“We sell quite a bit to a chemical company and also as welding screens,” says Neilly. “It blocks out spatter. It may get holes, but it won’t catch on fire.”
When a custom tarp is needed, Neilly prefers to do the measuring himself. When that isn’t possible, he works closely with the customer to ensure correct measurements are made.
“We had a request from a customer for a tarp with clear plastic windows for a screened porch,” recalls Neilly. “He sent in the measurements and plans, and we gave him a price estimate. The pieces were joined together with zippers, and when it arrived, it fit like a glove.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Neilly Canvas Goods Company, 2700 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Penn. 15222 (ph 412 471-1204 or 800 745-4837; www.neillycanvas.com).

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #1