Saving the domestic industrial sewing work force

February 20, 2018

Reposted from Industrial sewing has reached a critical point. An aging workforce combined with a lack of incoming talent has created a worker shortage that threatens to shutter long-standing American businesses and stifle growth in a billion-dollar industry. We spoke with someone on the front lines of the battle to

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MFA Roundtable discussions generate heat

February 16, 2018

The marine industry “speed dating” roundtables at the 2018 MFA conference in Savannah, Ga., gave participants a chance to discuss burning issues and exchange best practices on a wide variety of topics including fabric choices, sales techniques, staff training and retention, the pros and cons of product line diversification, upholstery,

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2018 MFA Award of Distinction winners

February 15, 2018

During the awards dinner at the 2018 Marine Fabricators Conference, David Elliott, David’s Custom Trimmers, Wakerly, Australia, was presented with the upholstery Award of Distinction for his project “The Day Lounge.” Shane Beashel, SB Marine Trimming, Newport, Australia, received the exterior canvas Award of Distinction for his project “Jeanneau 51.”

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IFAI Video Technical Library now open

February 8, 2018

The new IFAI Video Technical Library offers a rich collection of manufacturing knowledge to help fabricators solve problems, train employees and educate themselves about new equipment. “This new technical library provides DIY learning anytime and at any location,” says Magda Ronningen, national program manager for IFAI’s Makers Division, who partnered

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Aussies share expertise at 2018 MFA conference

February 7, 2018

The 2018 MFA conference in Savannah, Ga., Jan. 25-27 included Australian guests who presented educational sessions on a variety of upholstery and patterning techniques. Presenters David Elliott, David’s Custom Trimmers Pty Ltd.; Neil Hancock, Aussie Boat Covers; and Shane Beashel, SB Marine Trimming, encouraged participants to create unique products and

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