Fabric converter Qual-Fab taken private

Hialeah , Fla. – Qual-Fab, a longtime printer and converter of decorative fabrics, has been sold to a private equity group, Innovo Capital of Miami .

Saul Levine, 87, founder of the company has retired. His daughter, Jil (CQ) Liebson, who has been president, retains that position and will focus on product and marketing. Howard Wasserman, an investor in the company, has been named ceo and will be responsible for manufacturing and operations, said Matt Becker, one of the managing partners of Innovo.

Despite the dramatic exodus of American production in the decorative fabrics business, Becker is confident. “We are injecting cash into the business for equipment and new product lines, and see a lot of growth potential for existing product as well as new markets,” he explained.

“They are one of the biggest suppliers in the manufactured housing and recreational vehicles market,” Becker related. “Next we see an opportunity for them to produce small quantities for American manufacturers vs. the quantities that are needed from Asia . There’s also a big service model in terms of delivery.”

In addition, Qual-Fab, an early player in the digital printing arena, “has a great opportunity to maximize this, especially with the higher end of the market.” Becker added, “We like the history of the company, and Jil is spectacular.”

Purchase price was not available.

Home Textiles Today Staff | News & Commentary

Home Textiles Today is the market-leading brand covering the home and textiles markets, offering a comprehensive package of print and online products. Home Textiles Today provides industry news, product trends and introductions, exclusive industry research, consumer data, store operations solutions, trade show news and much more.

Research Store

Featured Video

Subscribe to
Home Textiles Today eDaily
Receive the news you need to know about the trends in the industry delivered right to your inbox.


HTT November 2017 cover

See the November 2017 issue of Home Textiles Today. In this issue, we look at Complex Colors, Complex Times--Trend forecasters and interior designers weigh in on 2018 palettes and motifs.  Other articles include: Data: Exclusive HTT soft window research; Innovation: Material Changes conference preview; Country report: India invests in the future and Fabrics: Showtime preview.  See details!