Two boating industry leaders inducted into the NMMA Hall of Fame

September 25, 2015

Two recreational boating industry leaders received the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s highest honor when they were inducted into the NMMA Hall of Fame on Sept. 15 at the Kentucky Exposition Center during the 25th annual International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX). Bob Long, owner and CEO of JRL Ventures Inc./Marine Concepts, and Dusty McCoy, chairman …

MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards accepting submissions

September 23, 2015

Get recognized for your hard work throughout the year by entering the 2016 Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Fabrication Excellence Awards. The MFA will accept entry submissions through Oct. 30, 2015. Winners will be mentioned in Marine Fabricator magazine, will receive recognition on the MFA website and will participate in the awards ceremony dinner at the …

SBA hosting webinar on EMV chip card technology

Migrating away from outdated credit and debit cards that use magnetic stripes, U.S. credit card companies have set Oct. 1 as the date for the national adoption of cards embedded with microchips. This technology, known as EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa), is a safer form of payment for buyers and sellers, as the cards are nearly …

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics names Allen Gant III casual market manager

September 16, 2015

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics named Allen Gant III its casual market manager. He will be responsible for the casual furniture market and specialty outdoor segment of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics. Gant III joined Glen Raven in 2008 and was most recently the specialty accounts manager for Custom Fabrics. He has served roles with new business …

Sunbrella® introduces first knit shade fabric

Sunbrella Fabrics, Glen Raven, N.C., has announced its first shade fabric engineered for shade sail applications. Sunbrella Contour is the first knit Sunbrella shade fabric, featuring a rich texture with the unique ability to fit to any shape and angle, making it usable for a variety of applications such as shade sails, fixed awnings, shade …

Everglades National Park management plan released

September 15, 2015

In a Sept. 1 press release, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) issued its evaluation of the U.S. National Park Service’s changes in the final General Management Plan (GMP) for Everglades National Park in Florida, changes that will affect recreational boating, fishing access and habitat conservation. The release said that Park Service officials worked with …

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Should you extend credit?

September 14, 2015

Fabricators stress caution when extending credit to customers. On the surface, it sure seems like a slam-dunk decision for a marine fabrication shop to not extend credit to customers. “Let’s see, when you write off thousands and thousands of dollars—maybe even $100,000 over the 30-year life of the company—you start to think about giving anybody …

BoatPAC issues ‘one-pager’ political action document

September 8, 2015

BoatPAC, a political action committee (PAC) for the recreational boating industry, has released a one-page document that it says “lays out what you need to know about your industry’s political action committee including how many members it supports, the issues it tackles and who can contribute.” A BoatPAC press release says that it “currently supports …

Call for entries: MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards

September 4, 2015

Entry submissions for the 2016 MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards, presented by IFAI’s Marine Fabricators Association, are due Oct. 30, 2015. Projects can be submitted into eight different categories: Powerboat Exterior-Rigid Enclosures; Powerboat-Soft Enclosures; Dodgers with Extensions; Marine Interior Upholstery; Marine Exterior Upholstery; Tops and Enclosures; Travel/Full Covers; and Miscellaneous (any marine fabric project not covered …

Sunbrella® documentary follows U.S. Olympic hopefuls

September 2, 2015

Offering an inside view of the journey to the Olympic Games, upcoming documentary “Uncharted Waters” follows the personal stories of 11 US Sailing Team Sperry athletes working toward a spot on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams that will compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Made possible by Glen Raven, N.C.-based Sunbrella® …