Sunbrella® debuts shade solutions at IFAI Expo

October 4, 2018

Sunbrella® brings innovation to shade structures at IFAI Expo, October 15-18, in Dallas, Texas, demonstrating ways to make shade do more no matter what the challenge. Alongside its portfolio of shade fabrics, Sunbrella will feature textiles that elevate the design, function and customization of shade structures. This year, two new

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IFAI announces new Textile Career Center

September 19, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced a new online career resource: the Textile Career Center. This new initiative will offer IFAI members, and the industry at large, an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections. For job seekers, the Textile Career Center will serve as a

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Mentor Meetings at IFAI Expo

September 6, 2018

Need confidential advice? IFAI is now offering a fully endorsed mentorship program at IFAI Expo 2018. Professional consultations are available by appointment during show floor hours. Book a 30-minute meeting with an impressive lineup of industry experts! This opportunity is open to all attendees and exhibitors and free with any registration type.   Why Seek

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Get listed in the Marine Fabricator 2018 Buyer’s Guide

August 22, 2018

The annual call for listings in the Marine Fabricator 2018 Buyer’s Guide opens August 27. Thousands of companies turn to this annual guide to purchase products and services for their businesses. This comprehensive resource lists suppliers of fabric, film and foam; hardware and findings; end products and services; and equipment

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US boat building production index now available

August 9, 2018

The latest U.S. Boat Building Production Index, a quarterly report on boat production forecasts from ITR Economics, is now available for National Marine Manufacturers Association member download. This report includes directional forecast trending on boat production through 2020. ITR Forecasts indicate growth in boat production through 2018 with a moderation

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IFAI to host Women in Textiles Summit 2019, call for presentations open

August 8, 2018

IFAI will host its first ever Women in Textiles Summit on March 6-8, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Ga. The goal of the summit is to strengthen the advancement of women through an interactive forum that provides education, networking and dialogue about important issues affecting women in

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Daniel Lesch achieves MFC Lifetime Certification through IFAI

August 7, 2018

Daniel Lesch, Lesch Boat Cover Co, Norwalk, Ohio, achieved Certified for Life Master Fabrics Craftsman (MFC) in Marine in August 2018. This certification recognizes Lesch’s superior knowledge of business and organizational management in the specialty fabrics industry. Lesch has been an IFAI member since 1994 and previously served as chairperson

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MFA to exhibit at IBEX

August 2, 2018

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) will be exhibiting in booth 2319 at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), held at the Tampa Convention Center, Oct. 2 – 4, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. One of North America’s largest technical boat-building showcases, IBEX offers technical education from industry experts and exhibit

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New awards program for innovative marine companies

July 26, 2018

Soundings Trade Only has launched a new awards program for the recreational boating industry called the Most Innovative Marine Companies Awards. The awards will acknowledge innovative initiatives companies are using to advance their businesses including innovative materials, new manufacturing processes, fresh marketing approaches, workforce solutions, supply chain, export programs and

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Executive order establishes workforce council

July 24, 2018

President Donald Trump signed an executive order to prioritize and expand workforce development, which seeks to create and fill American jobs with American workers. The order establishes the National Council for the American Worker with the goals of developing a national strategy for training and retraining workers, and utilizing data

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