Robert Allen Contract introduces Sunbrella Contract fabrics

March 28, 2012

Patterns are first to meet Silver level compliance with NSF-ANSI 336 Sustainable Assessment Standard Taking advantage of new technology in the contract textile industry, Robert Allen Contract is bringing to market the first Sunbrella Contract collection. This group of outdoor fabrics debuts Sunbrella’s first contract-grade upholstery and is garnering sustainability kudos. Two patterns in the …

Mist-er-Comfort at International Boat Show March 22-25

March 22, 2012

Canvas Designers, Inc., a custom marine canvas shop, will display marine misting systems manufactured by Mist-er-Comfort, Inc., at the 2012 Palm Beach International Boat Show (Land space 772, March 22–25). A Mist-er-Comfort misting system can lower cockpit temperatures as much as 25 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing boaters to go boating comfortably—even on the hottest days. All …

Bedding, upholstered furniture makers bracing for foam price hikes

March 19, 2012

Bedding and upholstered furniture manufacturers say they are bracing for foam price hikes that are expected to hit double digits. “With significant price increases, products would need to be de-speced or bedding prices would go up,” said Therapedic president Gerry Borreggine. He also said the timing would be “most inopportune” for his group, which just …

American Boating Congress registration opens

March 14, 2012

Registration for the American Boating Congress is now open and spaces are rapidly filling. Registration began just after the addition of two more event cohosts, the National Marine Bankers Association and the Michigan Boating Industries Association, bringing the total to 11. Committed cohosts to date include the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Marine Retailers Association …

WeatherMax hires sales, marketing staff

March 1, 2012

The WeatherMax, a maker of all-weather fabrics, hired Jamie Martin to its sales and market development team. Martin will help expand the company’s user base in marine, awning and other outdoor fabricator markets. He’ll also be active in marketing and advertising strategy, help to develop new fabrics, and perform market analysis.

Post Marine Group to make Post Yachts

Post Marine Group acquired the assets of Post Marine Company Inc., and will now manufacture the full range of Post Yachts at its facility in Chestertown, Md. Maintenance, repair and refurbishment services for boats of all types and sizes will be available to existing Post owners through Post Marine Group. In addition, brokerage services will …

Grommet-free lacing

Manart-Hirsch offers E-Z Lace Supreme™, a patented grommet-free lacing system. E-Z Lace has holes woven in every three inches—or at custom intervals—making it durable enough to secure awnings, yet flexible enough to protect bimini tops. Lacing holes are reinforced with polyester yarn for high tensile strength. The lacing’s finish resists mildew and UV rays for …

Biscayne National Park may limit water access

Anglers and boaters may be shut out of more than 20 percent of Biscayne National Park’s public waters if the National Park Service’s proposed Biscayne General Management Plan passes. In response, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) suggests members voice their opposition to their Congressional representatives, as boating and fishing are critical to the local …

DOL releases Final Regulations on LHWCA

The Department of Labor (DOL) released Final Regulations specific to recreational vessels under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). Highlights of the final rule include a clear guidance that if a boat manufacturing or repair facility is landlocked, LHWCA does not apply. For manufacturing facilities adjacent to navigable water, the under 65-foot exemption …

Protection for holiday trip

Outstanding Achievement Award | Custom Marine Canvas | Noank, CT This project won a 2012 MFA Outstanding Achievement Award in the dodger category. This is a new boat for an existing customer. He wanted to sail to Maine for Thanksgiving and wanted protection. Project data Designer: Brian Bennett, MFC Fabricators: Brian Bennett, MFC Project manager: …