Connecticut Marine Trades Association works on Tax Reform Bill

April 17, 2017

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association has been working on Senate Bill 1048, which would decrease the sales and use tax from around six percent to approximately three percent on all vessels sold and registered within the state of Connecticut. The goal of the bill is to continue to strengthen Connecticut’s boating industry and make the …

Grow Boating Research unlocks key to attracting first-time boat buyers

April 11, 2017

With changes in consumer shopping and online behavior over the last decade, the Grow Boating Board of Directors commissioned a study to better understand today’s first-time boat buyer. Study findings include definitions of six different types of first-time boat buyers including their interests and psychographic traits, what motivates them to explore boat ownership, how they …

Remembering Don Wedge

April 7, 2017

Don Wedge, former owner of the Marine Training Institute, Palmetto, Fla., passed away peacefully on April 3. Wedge helped launch the Marine Fabricators Association and the Master Fabric Craftsman (MFA) program. He was well known for his training school, instructional videos and developing patterning techniques. Wedge was the first inductee into the MFA Hall of …

NMMA kicks off release of 2016 Statistical Abstract with Outboard Engine Sales Trends report

April 5, 2017

National Marine Manufacturer Association (NMMA) will be releasing its U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract by section as the data becomes available. Sections of the 2016 Statistical Abstract will be released beginning this month, with the first being the Outboard Engine Sales Trends report and sailboat sales trends 2005-2016. The Outboard Engine Sales Trends report examines …

Phifer expands color selection for SunTex® 95

April 3, 2017

Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Phifer Inc. added a new color to its exterior sun control fabric line SunTex® 95. The new hue, Carbon, joins the current range of eight neutral color options. Made from vinyl-coated polyester, SunTex 95 is thinner and lighter weight than traditional SunTex fabrics and is a full basketweave. SunTex 95 fabrics are infused …

IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference: Testing Program 2017

At the 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference (ATC), four educational tracks—military, medical, smart fabrics and testing—will give attendees the latest news on the processes, products and profit potential in working with high-tech fabrics and fabrication techniques. The Advanced Textiles Conference, part of IFAI Expo 2017, will be held in New Orleans Sept. 26-29. This year’s ATC …

IFAI’s 2017 Smart Fabrics Program

March 29, 2017

Channeling exciting ideas into new product development. At the 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference, four educational tracks—military, medical, smart fabrics and testing—will give attendees the latest news on the processes, products and profit potential in working with high-tech fabrics and fabrication techniques. The Advanced Textiles Conference, part of IFAI Expo 2017, will be held in New …

Strategic retention

March 28, 2017

It’s one thing to find qualified workers; it’s another to keep them happy in their jobs. Inman Mills has a 116-year history as a textiles manufacturer, now staffing three plants with 700 employees. The Inman, S.C.-headquartered company enjoys a low turnover rate and, in fact, has employees who have been with the company for 40 …

Student Design Competitions application deadline May 15

March 27, 2017

IFAI appreciates members’ dedication to helping advance the textile industry. We encourage you to further that advancement by passing along the following information to students  who are interested in a textile industry career. Students have until Monday, May 15, 2017, to submit projects for the IFAI Student Design Competitions. Any project completed between May 2016- May 2017 is eligible. …

Secretary Zinke strengthens opportunities for boaters

March 14, 2017

Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued two secretarial orders which expand access to public lands and increase fishing, hunting and recreation opportunities nationwide. The two secretarial orders include: Secretarial Order No. 3346 overturns the recent ban lead ammunition and fish tackle used on Fish and Wildlife Service lands, waters, and facilities. Secretarial Order No. …