Cortex Fabrics has a rich and textured history in the textile industry. This privately held company, a subsidiary of Banks Bros., was founded in 1910, in New York City, as a leather company.
In the early years, Banks Bros. sold leather and leather scraps for the uppers of shoes, and later, also became manufacturers of faux leather as the demand for that footwear option developed within the shoe industry.
Joe Bettini, EVP Cortex Fabrics and Aaron Gelvan, SVP Cortex Fabrics.
The company expanded into another new market in 1980, this time manufacturing parts and performance textile materials for the automotive business, producing engine mounts and weather proofing solutions for doors for General Motors and FORD Company.
Further expansion took Banks Bros. into the residential market when they commenced production of faux leather products. The Anti-fatigue matts developed for kitchen use, are heralded as back savers, and regularly sell out at Walmart stores nationally.
In 2015, Banks Bros. became interested in developing and producing environmental and sustainable products, which led to the company’s entry into decorative products, and the formation of Cortech LLC.
Today, Cortex Fabrics produces beautiful, sustainable, performance fabrics ideal for hospitality, contract, healthcare, senior living, marine and transportation applications.