Stephen Ira

Stephen Ira worked as an inventor for a small manufacturing company where he developed several patents that included Velcro® brand products which led to his founding of HookandLoop.com in 1989, distributing Velcro® brand fasteners across the country. Stephen’s company has grown into a business that specializes in manufacturing hook and loop products that are used in the final products in many industries around the world. Stephen is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a BS degree in mechanical engineering and specialized in machine design and solar engineering. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida where he enjoys an avid outdoor lifestyle and spending time with his two daughters.

  1. 24 of the Craziest Inventions Made with Hook and Loop

    24 of the Craziest Inventions Made with Hook and Loop

    Hook and loop in products isn't a new concept and have been used ever since the fastener hit the mainstream in the 1980's. Most of you could name a handful of products these convenient fasteners have been used on but here are 24 interesting hook and loop uses and inventions you probably didn't know about: Continue reading →
  2. Social Distancing with Hook and Loop

    Social Distancing with Hook and Loop

    Social distancing has seemingly become the new norm for everyone. Maintaining a safe distance helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 and helps keep everyone safe. Sometimes it's on the individual to maintain proper social distancing, and sometimes a business or public space utilizes signs and markers to identify what that safe distance is. Continue reading →
  3. Hook and Loop in the Military

    Hook and Loop in the Military

    The adaptability and variety of hook and loop is perhaps most evident in its presence in the military industry. A fairly simple concept, hook and loop fasteners consist of two pieces. The hook, meaning the rough side, and the loop, or softer side, which is often referred to as "pile" by the military. When the two sides are joined together, the hooks attach to the loops, forming a strong bond that is used to fasten apparel, organize supplies and bundle military equipment and tools. Its adaptability makes this fastener incredibly useful. This rifle stock cheek rest is adjustable with hook and loop. Continue reading →
  4. How to Hang Your Mistletoe with Hook and Loop

    How to Hang Your Mistletoe with Hook and Loop

    New Year’s Eve is almost here and you’ve got to figure out a way to hang up your mistletoe. If you’re having trouble finding a good way to get it to stay where it’s supposed to, here are some suggestions on how to hang yours up with some hook and loop so you can be sure to steal a kiss from your crush this New Years. Continue reading →
  5. Do Stretchy Hook and Loop Products Exist?

    Do Stretchy Hook and Loop Products Exist?

    There are tons of hook and loop variations available in different styles like low-profile or heavy duty. There are several different colors that we offer from military colors to neon colors and everything in between. There are different widths available from as narrow as 3/8" to 54" wide, depending on the product, but are there stretchy hook and loop options? Continue reading →
  6. What are Hook & Loop Fasteners Made of?

    What are Hook & Loop Fasteners Made of?

    Hook and loop fasteners consist of two distinct pieces. The rough side is known as hook because it is covered with several tiny hooks per square inch. Likewise, the soft side is called loop because it is covered with many small loops. The hooks engage the loops when the two sides are pressed together. This creates a bond that is exceptionally strong and allows for repeated use that lasts for thousands of cycles. Continue reading →

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