Sunbrella certified by GREENGUARD

January 1, 2009

Sunbrella sling, awning and marine fabrics from Glen Raven Custom Fabrics have received the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute’s (GEI) Children & Schools certification as low-emitting products, assuring architects, specifiers, building owners and homeowners that these fabrics contribute to healthy indoor air. The GREENGUARD Certification Program, an industry independent, third-party testing program, subjected Glen Raven sling, marine …

NMMA redirects Grow Boating assessments

As a result of the current economic downturn, the board of the National Marine Manufacturers Association unanimously approved a temporary redirection of Grow Boating assessments to support immediate sales-driving efforts at the manufacturer and dealer level. The redirection will begin with assessments incurred on or after Oct. 1, 2008, and continue through June 30, 2009. …

BoatUS Foundation grants help your community

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is offering grant funds up to $4,000 each for community non-profit groups to develop projects that address environmental problems on local waterways. Since 1997, the BoatUS Foundation Clean Water Grant program has awarded over $300,000 to improve the marine environment, funding 149 projects in 35 states. …

Eco-friendly boat hull cleaner hires contractors

SodaBlast Systems appointed nine new contractors in the United States for its eco-friendly boat hull cleaning systems, raising the total to more than 180 worldwide. The SodaBlasting process uses a non-destructive stream of air-driven baking soda to strip the paint and open the blister. The affected area is feathered by split-second, swirled “micro-blasting,” which finishes …

Taylor Made acquires Boat Misters

Taylor Made Products has acquired the rights to the Boat Misters product line. The new Comfort Zone Boat Misting System attaches to the boat’s bimini or T-top and emits a cooling mist. The mid-pressure pump delivers 150 psi of misting power at the rate of about one gallon of water per hour, while only drawing …

Amendment 6 provides fair taxation to waterfront businesses

On Nov. 4, Florida voters passed a constitutional amendment that provides fair taxation to waterfront businesses. Amendment 6 received more than the 60 percent of votes required to make it state law. Prior to Amendment 6, Florida’s waterfronts were taxed at their “highest and best use,” meaning that businesses were taxed for the potential use …

Sunbrella undergoes brand identity update

The performance fabric brand Sunbrella underwent a brand identity update, including a new logo, to acknowledge its 50-year heritage, while focusing on innovation and enhanced styling for today’s consumers. Sunbrella’s yellow, red and blue umbrella has morphed into a stylized, deep orange umbrella. The type face has been updated with a cleaner, more contemporary look. …

Skier’s Choice chooses WeatherMax

Skier’s Choice, the official towboat of the World Wakeboard Association, chose WeatherMax 80 from Safety Components for mooring covers for their entire line of Supra and Moomba towboats. Fabricated by Great Lakes Boat Top Co. in Vonore, Tenn., covers made of WeatherMax 80 combine strength and beauty to shield Supra and Moomba boats from the …

New Zealand textile association joins IFAI

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), and the Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ), announced that the New Zealand-based organization has merged its organization into IFAI. OFPANZ recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Its membership is comprised of the leading companies in New Zealand involved in the manufacture of end products that use specialty …

Technology services now available for marine fabricators

North Winds Canvas, Portland, Ore., is offering services to marine fabricators, including pattern digitizing, nesting, automated fabric cutting, technology consulting, 3-D digitizing, and pattern creation. “If you’re considering making the technological leap, we can help you accomplish your goals, start growing your shop and increase your profits without making a huge capital investment,” says Amy …