IFAI receives U.S. funding award to boost exports

September 29, 2010

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has announced the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is one of five organizations selected in 2010 to receive more than $1.7 million for projects that increase U.S. exports, create jobs and strengthen the U.S. global competitive edge. The awards are given under the Department of Commerce’s Market Development Cooperator Program …

In memoriam: Russell B. Hogshire

September 21, 2010

Russell Beverly “Happy” Hogshire, third-generation president of Hogshire Industries Inc. in Norfolk, Va., died on Sept. 17 at the age of 77. Hogshire joined the company, which has specialized in canvas products since 1898, after serving in the U.S. Army. He worked on the board of the Industrial Fabrics Association International and was named an …

Sept. 11 Tribute at Tampa Boat Show

September 8, 2010

The 2010 Tampa Boat Show is holding a September 11th Remembrance Ceremony with the Tampa Fire Rescue Team and is offering free admission to police, fire fighters and military officials who present a valid active ID on Sept. 11. A flag that flew over Ground Zero during September 11 recovery efforts and is part of …

Items needed for 8th Annual IFF Silent Auction

September 7, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) is requesting donations for the 8th Annual IFF Silent Auction, which will take place at the IFAI Expo Americas Welcome Reception on Oct. 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Orlando, Fla. Previously donated items include custom quilts, vacation packages, jewelry, luggage and more. Funds raised through the auction …

5th Annual IFF Golf Tournament to take place in Orlando

September 2, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) will hold the 5th Annual IFF Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 in Orlando, Fla., during IFAI Expo Americas. The tournament will take place at Disney’s famed Magnolia Golf Course, a Golf Digest 4-star course featuring tree-lined fairways, strategic bunkering and rolling greens. Box lunches will be served at …

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Product barcodes

September 1, 2010

Compiled by Juli Case Question: We have the opportunity to sell some of our cushions through a local retailer, but we need to have a barcode. Where do we get one? Answer: Many retailers and other entities that sell use barcodes, a Universal Product Code that appears as bars of black and white. These are …

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Gold Line straps

Compiled by Juli Case Question: Who makes Gold Line straps? I see them everywhere, but I want to know who makes them. Answer: Gold Line is a trade name and, you’re right, the rubber straps are distributed through a number of different channels. The holder of the trade name is Universal Polymer & Rubber. SOURCE …

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Liability insurance

Compiled by Juli Case Question: I let my liability insurance lapse and now I need it before a marina will let me do any jobs there. Where do I start and how much should I get? Answer: Since you had liability insurance previously, the best place to start might be your former insurance company. With …

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Simple, convenient storage

Organize multiple rolls of webbing and Velcro. Problem Storing different sizes, colors and types of webbing and Velcro takes up a lot of space, and can be messy. Solution Build a simple storage tower out of scrap materials that will organize multiple rolls of webbing, and will allow you to take your webbing to the …

Repairing, depreciating or writing off equipment for tax purposes

By Mark E. Battersby In today’s economy, the question is not whether to fix or replace equipment, fixtures, business assets or even the building housing the marine fabrication business, but rather which path will be the most affordable. Will the marine fabrication business benefit more from an immediate write-off for repairs, or do dwindling profits …