2017 IBEX Innovation Awards Program open for entry

May 22, 2017

The 2017 Innovation Awards program is open for entry. The Innovation Awards program recognizes top visionaries and new products in the marine industry. Winners will be announced during the industry breakfast on the opening morning of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) on Sept. 19 in Tampa, Fla. Products can be submitted for the …

Federal grant supports new Great Lakes research center

May 18, 2017

The University of Michigan is establishing a research institute focused on sustainable management of the Great Lakes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is funding the new Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research with a five year, $20 million grant. Scientists with the institute will work with NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann …

New NMMA study shows recreational boating contributed significantly to Canada’s economy in 2016

May 17, 2017

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada released a new study outlining the economic impact of recreational boating in Canada. In 2016, the influence of the recreational boating industry in Canada resulted in revenues estimated at $10 billion that generated $5.6 billion in GDP and supported nearly 75,000 jobs throughout the country. The study’s release coincides …

Silver State Inc. presents Alaxi Newport collection

May 10, 2017

All fabrics in the Sunbrella® Alaxi Newport collection are known for being fashion focused and style driven. They are covered by a color match guarantee and are protected from dye lot issues and eliminate the need of cuttings for approval. Collection colors include Trippin’, a swirling three color pattern or there’s Lost Horizon, a large repeat ombré strip …

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Pre-employment background checks

May 1, 2017

These days every new employee brings a possible threat to your business, including theft, sexual harassment, physical violence, identity theft, fraud and drug use. The potential for ruinous legal actions is higher today than ever before. That’s why a background check before you hire an applicant could save your business. It’s essential that background checks …

HEYtex & BondCote hires Wolynes

HEYtex & BondCote Corp. has hired Earle Wolynes as sales manager–industrial. Wolynes has more than 20 years of experience in the textile industry in manufacturing, development, sales, marketing and outside consulting. Over his career he has received eight patents in textiles and is a multi-time member of Milliken’s Innovators Hall of Fame. Wolynes will be …

Top Value Fabrics honors Hinsch

Robert Hinsch, vice president of Top Value Fabrics, Carmel, Ind., is celebrating his 30th year with the company. Hinsch is recognized throughout the industry as an expert in developing custom textile solutions for a range of industries. He joined the company in 1987 with the idea to build a West Coast sales and distribution center. …

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Well-defended exterior upholstery

Fabrics and components that result in long-lasting cushions Exterior boat cushions get punished. They withstand the sun, wind, rain, saltwater, temperature changes and passenger activity. Despite these factors, these cushions are expected to look good while exposed to climate conditions. Fortunately, marine fabricators know how to merge form and function in outdoor seating. “We must …

WeatherMAX 3D Outdoor Fabric

WeatherMAX® 3D is a high-performance outdoor technical fabric. Intended for sun shades, protective covers or any application requiring outdoor durability, the highly elastic fabric stretches 30–100 percent. WeatherMAX 3D is water-resistant and has long-term UV and fade resistance. www.safetycomponents.com

Crystal Clear Vinyl

Crystal Clear double-roller polished marine-grade clear vinyl window sheeting has an additive UV protectant that makes this an excellent product in 20-, 30- and 40-gauge applications. This exceptionally clear film is ideal for outdoor enclosures, including curtains and bimini tops. www.vicarinternational.com