House approves bill preserving boating, fishing access

October 30, 2015

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced the House Natural Resources Committee approved the addition of the Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act (H.R. 3310) to the bipartisan Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act. The Preserving Public Access to Public Waters Act was introduced in part to address the National Park Service’s blatant disregard for public access …

Free Commerce Department Export Guide available

October 27, 2015

The US Commerce Department release the 11th edition of “A Basic Guide to Exporting,” a tool for businesses seeking to navigate the avenues of trade. The guide contains information export companies need to feel confident about selling overseas. Many chapters end in success stories to prove exporting is a possibility for small and medium-size businesses. …

EMS acquires Tigress

October 23, 2015

Eastern Metal Supply (EMS), a Lake Worth, Fla.-based national distributor of aluminum extrusions and sheet products, has purchased Tigress Trading Co. Inc. and Tigress Specialty Metals Products Manufacturing Inc. With facilities in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area, Tigress manufactures and distributes a diverse product line including rod holders, outriggers and accessories, kite fishing tackle, antenna …

Travel to Cuba by boat

October 14, 2015

The White House Administration announced that persons traveling to Cuba are now able to do so by boat whether it is for hire or for recreation. Prior to the revisions made by the administration, air travel was the only form of transportation to Cuba. Travels will still need to follow all guidelines and travel purposes, …

Jacksonville, Fla., marine shop closing, selling inventory

October 13, 2015

Racine Design, a marine canvas and upholstery shop in Jacksonville, Fla., is closing its doors and is liquidating excess inventory and a variety of tools. Everything must go by Oct. 31. Racine Design’s services include marine canvas, upholstery, wood working and fiberglass repair. Hardware includes tubing, fittings, fasteners and screws. No sewing machines are available. …

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Not everything slows down during the slow season

Preparing for seasonal lulls includes finding ways to generate income when business slows. One way is to encourage customers to put off certain types of projects until the off-season. Discounts Mark Hood, MFC, of Hood Marine Canvas and Training, Merrimac, Mass., uses this tactic for customers requesting interior or cushion work. Offering a discount for …

IFAI wraps up a successful 2015 Expo

October 9, 2015

The Industrial Fabrics Association International’s (IFAI) textile trade event, IFAI Expo 2015, took place Oct. 6-9, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. The annual event is the largest display of specialty fabrics and technical textiles in the Americas. The show floor buzzed with excitement as more than 5,500 registrants and 376 exhibitors filled the space in the …

IFAI announces 2015 IAA winners

October 8, 2015

Winners of the 2015 International Achievement Awards (IAA) were announced today at IFAI Expo 2015, held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., through Oct. 9. Sponsored by IFAI, the IAA program has recognized excellence in design and innovation for more than six decades, highlighting craftsmanship in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. …

Industrial Fabrics Foundation announces student scholarship winners

October 6, 2015

Anaheim, Calif. Oct. 6, 2015—The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) student scholarship award winners were announced today at the 2015 Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo in Anaheim, Calif. The scholarships provide tuition expenses at an accredited college, university or technical school for students interested in a career in the specialty fabrics or advanced textiles industries. …