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 …

HEYtex & BondCote hires Wolynes

May 1, 2017

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. …

Safety Components grows management team

To optimize the production and inventory of its high-performance technical fabrics, Safety Components has named Ana-Maria Petrea as merchandise planning manager. John Pierce, WeatherMAX® product manager, made the announcement. Petrea will manage planning for Safety Components’ rapidly growing product lines, such as WeatherMAX performance outdoor fabric, Armor AP™, Glide Ice™ and PBI Max™ structural firefighting …

Lectra names Viala EVP

Lectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, has appointed CFO Jérôme Viala to the role of executive vice president for the group. Since becoming CFO in 1994 and a member of the executive committee, Viala has progressively taken on more responsibilities, and is …

Groz-Beckert purchases Ferd. Schmetz Group

Groz-Beckert recently purchased the Ferd. Schmetz Group, based in Aachen, Germany. The Ferd. Schmetz Group is a long-established producer of industrial sewing machine needles and has an estimated 700 employees worldwide. The acquisition includes the production sites in Germany, Switzerland and India as well as the global distribution network. With this acquisition, the Groz-Beckert Group …

Serge Ferrari North America welcomes new regional sales manager

Julie Bui has joined Serge Ferrari North America as the regional sales manager. Bui will handle sales and service of Serge Ferrari products in the states of Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Bui brings extensive sales and service experience to the company. She most recently worked as a field sales …