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Marine Fabricators Association Great Lakes Regional Workshop Featured Practical Tips and Strong Education

November 11th, 2019 / By: / News, Press Release

Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Great Lakes Regional Workshop was well-attended with attendees and exhibitors soaking up practical tips and gaining new insights from multiple educational sessions. The workshop was held in Marine Tops Unlimited Inc.’s 9,000 sq. ft. shop on Nov. 1–2, in Omro, Wis., USA.

Hands-on education included a demonstration of an electronic measuring tool for patterning and a step-by-step process of how to pattern a bimini frame. All in all there were seven education sessions which included an overview of boat top designs and styles for wakeboard towers including readily available hardware for a more functional, user-friendly tower bimini taught by Clint Halladay from Sewlong Custom Covers. Rob Kotowski III, Lake Shore Boat Top, shared new patterning methods, design layouts and marine flooring products that helped attendees determine whether adding a new division to their marine canvas shop was a good investment. Mitch Lemmen, Canvas Innovations, demonstrated the use of a DigiPen 3D measuring device by patterning the same bimini top as in the previous two sessions.

If you are interested in submitting topics for IFAI to cover in future workshops or would like to host a workshop, please contact Maureen Marrin at or 651 225 6945.

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About Marine Fabricators Association
The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), provides resources and programs for marine fabricators and establishes standards of excellence for business practices, products and craftsmanship. MFA works to establish and maintain an identity for marine fabricators, representing nearly 300 member companies. It is the only trade association dedicated to assisting marine fabrication industry professionals with their businesses. Projects and activities include sponsoring regional workshops and the annual Marine Fabricators Conference.