NMMA president appointed to consumer goods committee

July 30, 2012

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) president, Thom Dammrich, has been appointed to the Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC) on Consumer Goods. The ITAC is a part of the International Trade Administration, a government agency devoted to strengthening U.S. industries through trade, investments and support for the National Export Initiative. Dammrich will represent the recreational …

NMMA distributes E15 warning labels to manufacturers

July 26, 2012

Beginning this week, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is distributing 100,000 E15 warning labels to NMMA member boat manufacturers across the country to place on their boats in hopes of alerting boaters to the potential dangers of fuel with a high volume of ethanol. The labels will help educate boaters that E15 should not …

NMMA launches Export Development program

July 23, 2012

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) launched an Export Development initiative to help its members better connect with emerging international growth opportunities and realize untapped potential in the international market. Nearly 69 percent of consumers live outside the U.S. (International Trade Resource Center), creating significant potential for the U.S. recreational boating industry, which is already …

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Shop talk with Mike Erickson of Canvas Designers Inc.

July 1, 2012

Describe your shop layout. Our shop consists of four and a half 5,000-square-foot bays. The machine shop and metal fabrication area occupies one bay. The canvas shop occupies one bay. The CAD and cutting department, along with the woodworking area, occupies a full bay, and the upholstery/interior department is in a bay. The showroom, offices, …

Safety with a tax deduction

By Mark E. Battersby Every marine canvas and upholstery business, large or small, is responsible for protecting the safety and health of its employees. In addition to being the right thing to do, safety is also good business. Doing it right pays off in increased productivity, lower costs and higher employee morale. An effective safety …

Bending plastic for new applications

Custom bending and forming bolsters from Starboard and PVC board and inside corner wraps can be the coolest part of an upholstery job. We are often confronted with difficult corner pieces that require a special formed piece to give that full custom appearance. Usually I start with 6 mil poly (plastic) and lay it over …

Traditional dodger challenges

At Hood Canvas we fabricate California dodgers as well as traditional dodger styles. The style we use depends on the aesthetics of the boat and the owners’ preferences. In the last article we covered fabricating a traditional dodger forward side panel. In this article, we are going to expand on this same fabrication, but focus …

Chandler Clark makes important business decisions

Interview by Sigrid Tornquist How have the increased gas prices affected your business? If it costs a client too much to take the boat out, they’re not going to do it as often, which means they won’t need as much work done. Gas prices also impact the cost of materials. But because we’ve oriented ourselves …

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Growing a business against the odds

“In the Navy they call it deckplate leadership,” says Chandler Clark, owner of Signature CanvasMakers in Hampton, Va. “It’s a leadership style that involves teamwork, common sense and taking care of your people—and I try to apply it to my dealings with customers and employees.” Chandler, who owns the canvas shop that manufactures exterior and …

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Build your brand

The marketing power of a strong brand identity will boost sales and profits. By William J. Lynott Think of one of your favorite name brands. Whether it’s a professional product for use in your business or a favorite product for your personal use, chances are you chose it because you’re comfortable with it; you have …