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  • Enduratex reveals topcoat Forbid

    Forbid increases stain resistance, while preserving the integrity of the fabric luster and softness.

  • Antimicrobial thread

    Quality Threads' new Guardian thread is first on market to have antimicrobial protection.

  • Sometimes a simple splash of color is all that is needed to modernize a decorating scheme. A successful redesign will take into account the customer’s age and personality, and the vessel and its purpose.

    New trends in marine fabrics

    Customers want bright, new fabrics—but providers are cautious not to be victimized by ‘trends.’

  • Vision UVR enhanced thread

    Thread is formulated to retain its color in outdoor applications where UV exposure occurs.

  • WeatherMax winter-proof fabric

    New fabric from WeatherMax able to withstand frigid temperatures. 

  • Photo: Sunbrella® Fabrics

    Sunbrella introduces Richard Frinier Origins collection

    Designer Richard Frinier uses recycled content for latest Sunbrella addition.

  • Awning and shade fabrics

    Renaissance Unity fabrics are industry’s first shade fabrics featuring recycled fiber.

  • Closed cell foam

    The marine foam holds no water and costs less than other closed cell foams.

  • Cushion fabric

    The PVC-coated poly-cotton fabric contains a broad spectrum biocide for mildew resistance.

  • Interpolymer alloy fabric

    Breakwater X interpolymer alloy fabric does not rely on plasticizers to remain soft and pliable.

  • Lightweight, reflective fabric

    The KTTEX silicone impregnated marine fabric is UV-, soil-, chemical- and salt-resistant.

  • Marine upholstery designs

    The Elysee and Cetacea lines feature OMNOVA’s proprietary PreFixx protective finish.

  • Sew foam

    Manart now stocks sew foams that are perfect for marine and automotive use.

  • Solution-dyed, breathable fabric

    TOP NOTCH ELITE has better tear strength than other similar weight solution dyed fabrics.

  • Upholstery fabrics

    The collection mixes tradition with modern techniques in fretwork, flamestitch and mosaic.

  • Using social media to promote business offerings and connect with customers

    The explosion of social networking websites has created the ability to communicate and get information instantly through the internet without any cost. You may be missing a great opportunity if you are not using social media to promote your business' services. There are hundreds of social networking websites available for you and your customers to use that can be helpful in sharing information and creating relationships.

    Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are all great social media websites that can help you connect with your customers, create buzz and gain more business. It's free to become a member of each, and it's easy to create a profile and enter information about your company. Each site also enables you to post pictures, videos and website links for additional information.

    Some fabricators have found these social media websites to be very successful marketing tools. Awnings of Tulsa, in Oklahoma, utilizes Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to promote its business. It has helped them gain new customer contacts and create brand awareness to potential customers in their region.

    Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are just three of several social networking websites available for you to use to promote your company. For tips on how to use these sites, click here.

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