IFF announces 2017 scholarships

February 7, 2017

Students have until June 10, 2017, to apply for any of four $5,000 scholarships available through The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF). Each year, IFF awards several scholarships to degree-seeking students enrolled in accredited colleges, universities or technical schools. The scholarships are paid directly to the students’ schools for fall semester

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Triple-tube pontoons buoy boat sales

January 30, 2017

Bigger, faster pontoon boats with increased stability and comfort are making waves in the boating marketplace. Pontoons, once considered an ugly duckling by some boating enthusiasts, are becoming more and more popular. Pontoons can be customized for many purposes including fishing and scuba diving. They’re versatile, although boats with a

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Marine Fabricator Conference

December 19, 2016

Online registration is open for the Marine Fabricator Conference 2017 from January 19–21 in Jacksonville, Fla. The annual three-day event features a variety of education and training from hands-on to classroom presentations covering topics including: Sewing Machine Maintenance, Patterning, Upholstery, Rigid Enclosures, Software and Business Management training and more. Attendees

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IFAI Expo 2017 information available

November 16, 2016

Information about IFAI Expo 2017 is now available on the show’s website. IFAI Expo 2017 will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La., Sept. 26–29. It will highlight three show floor areas: specialty fabrics, advanced textiles and shade & weather protection. The show will feature

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 Registration is open for the 2017 Marine Fabricators Conference

November 4, 2016

Registration is now open for the 2017 Marine Fabricators Conference, Jan. 19–21 at the Jacksonville Marriott Hotel in Jacksonville, Fla. Join fellow marine fabricators for three days of education, networking, fun and and business building. You won’t want to miss out on the conference’s nine educational seminars. These seminars are devoted

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Boat-building forecasts indicate growth

October 28, 2016

Boat-building production forecasts were upwardly revised in the third quarter of 2016 to reflect accelerating growth, according to ITR Economics. The ITR forecast puts third quarter growth up 12 percent and annual growth up 10.9 percent. Forecasts indicate growth to continue through June 2019, decelerating toward the end of 2018.

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NMMA Hall of Fame recipients announced

September 20, 2016

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) will present two industry leaders this year with its highest honor, the NMMA Hall of Fame. Robert (Bob) Menne, Jr., CEO, Premier Marine, and Victor (Vic) Porter, Chairman, Formula Boats, will be recognized for their career achievements during the 26th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition &

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2015 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract available

August 16, 2016

The National Marine Manufacturer (NMMA) complete 2015 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, which contains data and insights on the boating industry, is now available. Report highlights include: Total recreational marine expenditures reached an eight-year high of $35.9 billion in 2015, up 2.2 percent from 2014. 2015 recreational boats in use

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Bipartisan CORAL Act introduced

July 26, 2016

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen introduced the Conserving Our Reefs And Livelihoods (CORAL) Act (H.R. 5771), which she authored, along with several co-sponsors to amend and reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Ros-Lehtinen’s bipartisan CORAL Act acknowledges that the environmental and

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Coalition grows to support Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

June 15, 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was covered in detail during the recent American Boating Congress. Twelve countries, including the United States, signed an agreement geared to strengthen global trade, pinpointing the Pacific region, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The U.S. Coalition for TPP, a broad-based and cross-sectoral group

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