IFAI launches website and digital publication dedicated to advanced textiles

July 23, 2013

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is pleased to announce the launch of Advanced Textiles Source, a website and digital publication devoted to the highly specialized technical textiles market. The website and digital publication launched July 2013. Advanced Textiles Source is the official publication of Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, and of the Safety …

NMMA provides written comment to EPA regarding major certification fuel change

July 18, 2013

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has provided written comments to a proposed rule published in the Federal Register on May 21, 2013 titled Control of Air Pollution from Motor Vehicles: Tier 3 Motor Vehicle and Fuel Standards. The proposed rule addresses the future of EPA policy on alternative fuels, which specifically would require car …

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Shop talk with Penny Johnson of Nickle Ink Upholstery

July 1, 2013

How did your shop get started? I learned to sew from my mother, as did my three daughters; she helped me with my wedding dress and the first furniture I had, some car seats and a motorcycle seat. When the food factory I worked in for many years closed, I went to work for a …

The do’s and don’ts of online discussion groups

So why bother to join one of those online discussion groups? If you think a group is just one more dreaded task, you’re mistaken. Think for a moment about the insight and ideas you gleaned from your last professional conference. Or the practical tips colleagues give you on the telephone every once in a while. …

Selling the vision with rendering techniques

We will never know the true total, but sometimes I wonder how many jobs are lost just because a customer couldn’t envision a project? I think fabricators and designers take their own visualization skills for granted and assume the general public has the same visual library on which to draw. To bridge that gap, we …

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Sewing machine technology and tips

At Hood Canvas, as with all fabrication shops, the single-needle walking-foot sewing machine is the backbone of our business. Every shop has its favorite brand of machine and has achieved a level of comfort in everyday use. We have had many different brands of machines over the years and they all had one thing in …

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Successful succession planning

Sooner or later, everyone contemplates retirement. For those who own a closely held or family-owned fabrication business, retirement is more than just a matter of deciding to not go to work anymore. In addition to ensuring there will be enough money to retire, business owners, shareholders and partners must decide what will happen to the …

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Contingency plan: An unexpected breakup leads to solo success

“I think the most significant lesson I’ve learned over the past couple of years is not to get too comfortable,” says Cindy Boersema, owner of The Nautical Needle in Holland, Mich. “Being a business owner is not about relying on others to always be there to work for you and with you—because they can be …

Fabricators go mobile

When Charlene and Chandler Clark, owners of Signature CanvasMakers in Hampton, Va., wanted to improve their business, they turned to tablet computers. The mobile devices—an iPad for Charlene and Android for Chandler, purchased last year—proved their worth right away. “It allowed us to engage the customer in better, more active ways, and to get immediate …

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Luxury ships offer design challenges and opportunities

When you think about ocean, lake or river cruise lines, what comes to mind? Luxury travel, certainly. Beautiful, natural surroundings, definitely. And the ships themselves: large, luxurious liners, with dining, entertainment and staff that attend to your every need, allowing you to enjoy your experience to the fullest. Marine fabricators who orchestrate the exterior and …