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. …

Manufacturing institute honors 130 women with STEP awards

March 7, 2017

The National Association of Manufactures (NAM) Institute announced that 130 women are being recognized with the Women in Manufacturing Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Award. This year’s winners include Kris Carroll, Jan Morton, Katelyn Vara and Marcea Weiss. The recipients of the STEP Ahead Awards will be honored at a gala in Washington, D.C., …

Mike Erickson honored with MFA Hall of Fame award

March 1, 2017

Mike Erickson, MFC, was named to the Marine Fabricators Association Hall of Fame January 21 at the 2017 MFA Conference award banquet in Jacksonville, Fla. Erickson is the owner of Canvas Designers® Inc. and EZ2CY Inc., both based in Riviera Beach, Fla. In the early 1990s, Erickson was instrumental in the development of IFAI’s Marine …

Outdura announces design manager

Outdura, Hudson, N.C., has named Gloria Tsocos as the company’s design manager. She joined the company in 2015 in its contract fabric division. She began her career as a fabric designer in the home furnishing and hospitality markets, and over the years she has specialized in indoor and outdoor upholstery fabrics. She served as a …

J. Ennis Fabrics hires Steve Toth

Steve Toth has joined the sales management team at J. Ennis Fabrics, Plainfield, Ind. Toth will serve as the U.S. specialty regional sales manager. He has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the specialty products market. Starting first with The Astrup Company (now Trivantage®) in 1984, Toth eventually took on various vice-presidency roles …

Iosso products receive sustainability award

Iosso Products, Elk Grove, Ill., received an Excellence in Sustainability award at the Elk Grove Manufacturers Expo in October 2016. The award acknowledges Iosso’s bio-based formulas, which are alternatives to petroleum-based products. The products carry the USDA Certified Bio-based label, verifying that the amount of renewable bio-based ingredients in the products meet or exceed prescribed …

Registration open for 2017 American Boating Congress

February 28, 2017

The 2017 American Boating Congress (ABC) meets May 15-17, in Washington, D.C. ABC will provide attendees the opportunity to take part in a series of workshops and meet with key policy makers. Early bird registration closes March 20. Highlights of the 2017 American Boating Congress: Jake Tapper will be the 2017 keynote “Inside the Beltway” …

Marine industry mounts loss of veteran designer Rodney Hayward

February 10, 2017

The marine industry lost one of its most creative and charismatic designers, Rodney Gene Hayward, on February 4. He was 55. Hayward specialized in graphics, emblems and logos for boat builders across the country. He also inspired many interior design trends. He was a pioneer in developing new products that raised the bar and set …

IFF announces 2017 scholarships

February 7, 2017

Students have until June 10, 2017, to apply for any of four $5,000 scholarships available through The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF). Each year, IFF awards several scholarships to degree-seeking students enrolled in accredited colleges, universities or technical schools. The scholarships are paid directly to the students’ schools for fall semester tuition. Available scholarships include: Textile …

Snag-A-Slip to use new financing to expand

Snag-A-Slip is poised to take a big step toward its goal of becoming the Priceline of boat slip booking. The Baltimore-based company plans to use the new funding to overhaul its online and mobile application, add 30 employees to its staff of 45, and add hundreds more marinas to its network. It hopes to offer …