MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards deadline next week

October 22, 2021

From design excellence to quality workmanship, the MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards showcase projects representing the breadth of the industry from tops and covers to interior and exterior upholstery. Submissions will be accepted through Oct. 30, 2021. Winners will be announced at the 2022 MFA Conference at Wild Dunes Charleston’s Island Resort, Isle of Palms, S.C., […]

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President Biden reinstates critical conservation measures in marine monument off Cape Cod

October 21, 2021

President Joe Biden signed a proclamation restoring protections for Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument, while maintaining access for recreational fishing. The National Monument is composed of two units, the Canyons Unit and the Seamounts Unit, each showcasing unique geological features that anchor vulnerable ecological communities threatened by varied uses, climate change and related impacts. […]

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Global textile market outlook

October 21, 2021

According to the report "Global Textile Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report by Raw Material (Wool, Chemical, Silk), by Product (Natural Fibers, Polyester), by Application (Household, Technical), by Region, and Segment Forecasts, 2021-2028" by ResearchAndMarkets.com, the global textile market size is anticipated to reach USD 1412.5 billion by 2028. The market is expected to […]

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Marine CEOs report strong business productivity through Q2

October 19, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Q2 2021 Marine CEO Sentiment Report, a quarterly survey to assess the state and needs of U.S. recreational boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturing businesses, is now available. The latest data shows marine CEO assessments of overall business conditions were positive through the second quarter of 2021 following a […]

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Maryland governor establishes outdoor rec office

October 15, 2021

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced the state would establish an office of outdoor recreation (OREC) and the hiring of the first Executive Director, J. Daryl Anthony, according the National Marine Manufacturing Association website. In partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Department of Commerce, the establishment of an OREC will strengthen the coordination […]

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NOAA seeks new members for Ocean Exploration Advisory Board

October 14, 2021

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is seeking up to four new members for its Ocean Exploration Advisory Board, a federal advisory committee that advises the NOAA administrator on strategic planning, exploration priorities, competitive ocean exploration grant programs and other matters as requested. In addition to advising NOAA leaders, NOAA expects the board to play […]

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NCTO issues statement following President Biden’s remarks on global supply chain crisis

October 14, 2021

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas issued a statement following President Biden’s remarks on the global supply chain crisis and stressed the importance of investing onshoring and nearshoring. NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas: “We appreciate President Biden’s call to ensure we are building more resilient and reliable supply […]

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CONNECT by IFAI hosts workforce development event

October 13, 2021

CONNECT by IFAI will be hosting an Ask Me Anything on Workforce Development event with textile industry recruiter Doug Coley of Coley Company on Oct. 19. Coley is a seasoned recruiter with more than 25 years of recruiting success in the apparel, textile and nonwovens industries. Prior to his recruiting career, Coley worked directly in […]

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Dimension-Polyant achieves climate neutrality goals, furthers sustainability initiatives

October 13, 2021

Dimension-Polyant, a leading sailcloth producer and manufacturer of X-Pac® waterproof laminates developed for packs and bags, has developed a multi-tiered sustainability initiative. With the goal of minimizing negative impact on the environment, Dimension-Polyant’s sustainability program is built around climate-neutrality, sustainably sourced materials, longevity of its products and recycling methods for its used materials. Since 2021, […]

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2022 MFA Conference schedule released

October 12, 2021

Registration is open, and the full conference schedule is available for the annual Marine Fabricators Conference being held Jan. 13-15, 2022, at Wild Dunes Charleston’s Island Resort, Isle of Palms, S.C. The conference features three full days of education and networking designed to help marine fabricators cultivate industry connections, improve their efficiency and increase revenue. […]

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MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards deadline approaching

October 11, 2021

From design excellence to quality workmanship, the MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards showcase projects representing the breadth of the industry from tops and covers to interior and exterior upholstery. Submissions will be accepted through Oct. 30, 2021. Winners will be announced at the 2022 MFA Conference at Wild Dunes Charleston’s Island Resort, Isle of Palms, S.C., […]

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IBEX Innovation Award winners announced

October 7, 2021

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced the winners of the IBEX Innovation Awards for the 30th Anniversary Show. The IBEX Innovation Awards program is managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI). The judges selected 11 Innovation Award winners and three honorable mentions among dozens of […]

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Norwalk Boat Show reports strong attendance

October 6, 2021

The 2021 Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show, which ran Sept. 23-26, marked the return of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in-person boat and sport shows—and came back strong, according to the NMMA website. Attendance reached 12,976, which is up 1 percent compared to 2019. Organizers say the show saw an uptick in first-time attendees […]

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IFAI introduces member benefit program and Expo discount offer

October 5, 2021

IFAI has announced a new benefit for IFAI members in the United States: the IFAI Health and Benefit Insurance program. In light of the announcement, IFAI is also offering members a 25% discount on any IFAI Expo registration type to attend the show and learn more about the new benefit.  Use the code 21EXMD25 when registering for IFAI […]

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IBEX in-person attendance strong

October 5, 2021

The 30th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced that attendance exceeded expectations with the return of an in-person event, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. IBEX saw more than 560 exhibitors, including 80 new exhibiting companies, and more than 3,200 visitors. The IBEX docks were sold out with 29 boats on display, […]

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