All About Atlantic

What We Do|Commitment to Quality
Mission Statement|Vincent Diaz: Founder and President

What We Do

Since 1980, Atlantic Thread has specialized in high performance sewing threads made of fibers that demonstrate flame resistance and high strength. These include:

  • NOMEX® and KEVLAR® made by DuPont
  • TEIJINCONEX® and TWARON® made by Teijin Twaron
  • SPECTRA® made by Honeywell
  • DYNEEMA ® made by DSM

As the foremost supplier of high performance sewing threads, Atlantic also offers you many years of experience in a variety of industries that we serve. These include:

  • Protective Apparel
  • Military Clothing & Equipment
  • Racing Industry
  • Business Furniture
  • Mattresses and Bedding
  • Safety Equipment
  • Footwear
  • Airline & Aerospace Industry
  • School Bus & Public Transportation Industry
  • FR Embroidery

Atlantic has built a reputation for customer service by helping manufacturers find the best sewing threads for the manufacturing of textile products which have specialized end use applications:

  • Stitching together of geotextile fabric sections used to build a foundation beneath the Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Stitching together of composite aircraft components made of carbon fiber.
  • Stitching together a new type of cargo chute used to upload and offload cargo ships transporting alumina silicate. These new loading chutes reduced changeover downtime from two times per month to two times per year!
  • Identified a new pattern for the stitching of reinforcement patches on protective apparel to reduce abrasion failure.

Coupled with the service and expertise provided to our customers, Atlantic Thread & Supply Company has been a major contributor to the development of international standards and specifications:

  • Writing of standards used for component testing developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
  • Development of performance specifications developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the American National Standards Institute, Inc. (ANSI), and the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB).
  • Contributor to the development of standards used for military clothing and equipment – MIL SPECs, Commercial Item Descriptions (CIDs), Purchase Descriptions (PDs) - used by the Federal Government.

Atlantic Thread & Supply Company supplies customers in all 50 states of the United States and 23 countries in the Pacific Rim, Latin America, Mexico, Canada, Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Atlantic is recognized internationally as a "supplier with solutions" to technical problems related to specialized sewing. We can also be of direct assistance to you in any one of three languages: English, Spanish and French.

Because of its international reputation as a major innovator, Atlantic Thread continues to be at the forefront when a new textile fiber is introduced for use as a sewing thread into the high performance fiber marketplace. Atlantic Thread can also help you find answers to a number of technical questions related to:

  • Product Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Garment Construction
  • Seam Stitching

Our Commitment to Total Quality Performance

ISO Certified Atlantic Thread is ISO 9001 registered
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We are committed to the delivery of components and services that contribute to both our customer's manufacturing processes and the performance of the products they offer for sale.

We believe that Total Quality Performance means understanding who the customer is, what the customer's requirements are, and how we can meet the customer's needs with quality products and services which are delivered in a timely manner.

The sewing threads supplied by Atlantic Thread (CRAQ-SPUN® threads made of KEVLAR®, Spun KEVLAR®, CRAQ-SPUN® threads made of NOMEX®, Spun NOMEX®, and CRAQ-SPUN® threads made of TEIJINCONEX®) are certified [PDF / 100k] by Underwriters Laboratories Inc® (UL) as recognized components for use in protective clothing.

The threads are certified to the current edition of the following standards:

  • NFPA 1971: Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting
  • NFPA 1975: Standard on Station/Work Uniforms for Emergency Services
  • NFPA 1977: Standard on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting
  • NFPA 2112: Standard on Protective Clothing for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire
  • NFPA 1951: Standard on Protective Ensembles for Technical-Rescue Incidents

Mission Statement

To aid our customers in the manufacturing of high-performance textile products and devices. Our job is to provide you with:

  • Best In Class Products
  • Valued Added Information
  • Exceptional Service Levels

Vincent Diaz: Founder and President

Atlantic Thread & Supply was founded in 1980 by company president Vincent Diaz, an industry leader whose career in the thread and yarn business spans more than thirty-five years. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Vince began his career after military service in Vietnam. Today he presides over an operation that serves textile manufacturers across the country and around the world.

In addition to participating in the writing of both military and civilian performance standards, Vince has assumed leadership roles in two ASTM committees: D13 on Textiles and F23 on Protective Clothing. He is also a member of the NFPA Wildland Fire Fighting Protective Clothing Subcommittee.

Vince was active in helping mattress manufacturers prepare for the federal standard on mattress flammability (16 CFR 1633). Drawing on his more than thirty years of experience in fire-resistant textiles and protective clothing, Vince assisted with the development of several ASTM test methods that measure how FR components used to manufacture mattresses will perform when exposed to an open flame and high heat.

He has written numerous articles and technical documents intended to help bedding manufacturers to better understand the challenge of open flame and textiles. He helped to develop the Protection for Peaceful Sleep® tape edge closing system. (

Recent military conflicts in the Middle East have lead to an increased focus on the need for combat uniforms and combat gloves being able to meet exceptional durability requirements. Vince has worked with the Department of Defense contractors to help them meet these new requirements.