New VP for Serge Ferrari Americas

March 29, 2018

Serge Ferrari Americas has appointed Jules Duguay as vice president to lead business operations in North, Central and South America. Duguay joins the company after 13 years in the textile industry. He holds an engineering degree from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from Queens University. Duguay will work

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Women in Marine Manufacturing Honored

March 22, 2018

Three women in the marine manufacturing industry received 2018 STEP Ahead Awards. They are Valerie Harriell, vice president of human resources, Volvo Penta of the Americas, Alicia Harris, manager, quality and planning, Brunswick Corporation – Brunswick Boat Group, and Shelley Tubaugh, vice president of marketing, Grady-White Boats, Inc. The STEP

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Stephen Eberle achieves MFC LifeTime Certification through IFAI

March 20, 2018

Stephen Eberle, Canvasworks Inc., Kennebunk, Maine, achieved Certified for Life Master Fabrics Craftsman (MFC) in Marine in March 2018. This certification recognizes Eberle’s superior knowledge of business and organizational management in the specialty fabrics industry. Eberle has been an IFAI member for 24 years and served on the IFAI Marine

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On the horizon for marine tension shades

March 13, 2018

Canvas shops around the country have seen an increase in demand for tension shades versus fixed-frame structures such as biminis. Boat owners like sun protection with less obstructive framing and the modern look of shade sails. Fabricators who have been installing tension shades are already looking at where the market

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New zippers on the horizon

March 9, 2018

The office for Paskal USA has been closed by the corporate office in Israel; however, Jeff Correia, its former operations manager, has opened a new company called Ziptec Innovations, LLC (www.ziptecinnovations.com). If you call the number for Paskal USA you get Ziptec. “Much has changed, but the original Paskal zippers

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New Powerboat Registrations Up 5 Percent in 2017

March 1, 2018

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated through December 2017, and preliminary data shows new powerboat registrations were up 5 percent in 2017, compared to 2016. Highlights from the report include: •Growth in registrations was led by the following segments: cruisers (up 10 percent),

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2018 MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards

March 1, 2018

Sponsored by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), the Fabrication Excellence Awards contest is designed to recognize excellence in marine fabrication. The entries are displayed throughout the MFA’s Marine Fabricators Conference and are judged by a panel of certified marine professionals. Awards of Excellence and Outstanding Achievement Awards are given in

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