Shop talk with Heartland Awning & Design Inc.

January 1, 2014

How did your shop get started? We wanted to diversify, and market research indicated a void in marine fabrication. Omaha doesn’t come to mind as a huge boating community, but it is home to quite a few boat owners. Our research turned up limited options for either them or dealers who wanted to work with …

When business slumps, bear away

Dismal economic news sends shivers of fear throughout the business world. When sales and dollars dwindle, many business owners and managers have a tendency to circle the wagons and plot ways to defend declining profits. But the secret of success during challenging times is pushing forward: strengthening markets, creatively retooling sales efforts, and exploring new …

Diversify your portfolio and capture new markets

As a general upholstery shop that also does marine work rather than a marine canvas specialist, Trevor and I are constantly asked to do all types of jobs, which can be nice for handling the off-season or weathering recessions. One week we can be working on custom helm seats and an antique sofa the next, …

Decorative acrylic fabric

Ovation and Venues collections are the latest decorative offerings from Sattler Outdura. Action Upholstery Supply is a fully stocked distributor of these beautiful and durable fabrics. These 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic fabrics offer long lasting color and strength, water and stain resistance. Outdura fabrics are easy to clean, resistant to rot and mildew, all with …

Molding seal

Answering multiple requests from customers, Madison, Wis.-based Xtreme Seal announces Xtreme Seal Ultra Seal is now available in white. This new molding provides a weather-tight seal for white and other light-colored fabrics in all marine applications. Xtreme Seal is ideal for compound curves and angles, awnings, convertible tops, side curtains, camper enclosures, clear vinyl panels, …

Polyester thread

Available in 20 colors, Distinction-Poly thread offers fabricators and manufacturers the versatility, extra UVR and mildew resistance needed for both indoor and outdoor applications. Formulated to meet rigorous demands, the thread is recommended for marine and automotive seating, golf seating, outdoor furniture, accent stitching and tonneau covers. Source: www.vicarinternational.com

Power sunroofs

Taylor Made Systems introduces a new range of glass and canvas power sunroof systems for the boating industry. The sliding-glass sunroof provides a watertight skylight when closed and a fresh-air experience when open. The sleek glass panel presents a clean seamless appearance with minimal visible framework. The electric control uses 12V or 24V power, and …

Helm chairs

TACO Metals’ Helm Chairs now includes the COASTAL, specifically designed for in-shore boats 20 to 25 feet in length. The chair is offered in both a Deluxe version, with folding bolster and arm rests, or a Standard version, with fixed seat and optional arm rests. The chairs are upholstered in premium-quality vinyls and high-density foam …

Embroidery thread

The Quality Thread & Notions Co. has launched Vision embroidery thread, formulated to retain color in outdoor applications where UV exposure occurs. Weatherometer testing has shown little to no color loss over a 500-hour UV exposure cycle in third-party laboratory testing. Embroidery will remain truer in color for much longer compared to standard embroidery threads. …

Outdoor thread

Quality Thread’s SolarFix PTFE thread has proven its value in marine upholstery, biminis and tops, as well as all types of enclosures. SolarFix is guaranteed not to lose any significant strength due to UV or chemical exposure for the life of the fabric. The various sizes Quality Thread carries make it the perfect PTFE thread …