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. How to Remove Adhesive Backed Hook and Loop

    How to Remove Adhesive Backed Hook and Loop
    With hook and loop, many applications use adhesive backing. Adhesives are useful for applying fasteners to plastics, metals, and various other substrates. Now, sometimes these adhesives are applied with the expectation that they will be in place forever. In these instances, it happens from time to time that they need to be removed or replaced. So how do you do that? Continue reading →
  2. Washing Hook and Loop

    Washing Hook and Loop
    One question we get occasionally is whether or not hook and loop material is washable. The answer is yes, and there are a couple parts of this answer that can be elaborated on. One is regarding proper care for hook and loop when washing, the other is about the material itself. Continue reading →
  3. Industrial Sewing Machines vs. Home Sewing Machines

    Industrial Sewing Machines vs. Home Sewing Machines
    The types of sewing machines we use for reinforcing hook and loop straps with polypropylene webbing have some differences compared to a standard sewing machine you might have at home. We’ll go over some of those differences here. Continue reading →
  4. "Do You Sell 24" Wide Hook?"

    "Do You Sell 24" Wide Hook?"
    This is a question we get regularly. It stems from the availability of our wide loop products, which are only available in the loop side (the soft, fuzzy side) in 12", 24", and 54" widths. There are no wide sheets of the hook side available. VELCRO USA manufactures low profile wide hook options in a 12” option but products like these have high minimums, often several hundred yards or so. Additionally, there are substantial lead times of 6-12 weeks on these products. To inquire about these hook options, please email us at [email protected]. Continue reading →
  5. Wide Loop Uses

    Wide Loop Uses
    We offer several sizes, colors and styles of wide loop products. Wide loop is the loop side of hook and loop fasteners, manufactured in wide sheets for a variety of uses. We’ll cover some common uses here, but first let’s look at the different wide loop options we offer. Continue reading →
  6. Hook And Loop Sander Discs

    Hook And Loop Sander Discs
    Sander discs are used on drum sanders. Many drum sanders and other large industrial sanders use sanding discs that are attached with a hook and loop fastener. This is so the sanding discs can be interchangeable and replaceable once the sandpaper or buffer or similar attachment wears out. Continue reading →

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