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March 1, 2008

Cape Canvas & Rigging, West Yarmouth, Mass. In November 2006, Alex Bell of Mariner Canvas Co., New Bern, N.C., a beloved member of MFA, passed away unexpectedly. The MFA board of directors voted to rename the New Member Award in his memory. This project, which won the Alex Bell New Member Award in the 2008 …

EPA changes paint-stripping rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised a rule to regulate area source emission standards for paint stripping and surface coating. The EPA agreed to limit its definition of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). The original rule would have regulated area sources that include boatyards, marinas and small boatbuilders with emissions of HAPs under 10 tons. …

Glen Raven unveils name for distribution division

Glen Raven Inc. unveiled the name for its new distribution division: Tri Vantage LLC. Last May Glen Raven acquired The Astrup Co. and John Boyle & Co., two of the nation’s largest distributors of products for the awning, marine, sign and casual furniture industries. “We have woven the strengths of three great companies together to …

Astrup president retires

Jeffrey W. Kirk, president of The Astrup Co. and chief operations officer of the distribution division of Glen Raven, retired in February. Kirk served 32 years with The Astrup Co. First hired as an account representative in 1975, he worked his way up and was named president and secretary in 1999. Kirk, Industrial Fabrics Manager, …

Island Packet 465 wins award

Sail magazine recognized the Island Packet 465 as one of its “Best Boats for 2008.” Island Packet also received the Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Accommodation Design. Judges noted that the IP465 had superior head room, a comfortable navigation station and excellent joinery. This is the second year Island Packet has been recognized with …

Human resources dos and don’ts (Part 2 of 3)

Fair Labor Standards Act and high-level benefits requirements. By Kay Robinson This is the second in a series of articles about human resources basics. In this issue, Kay Robinson, SPHR, Director of Human Resources Consulting Services with RSM McGladrey, discusses the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and some high-level benefits requirements.This article should not be …

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Button shells available in various size

Compiled by Juli Case Question: We’re working on a boat upholstery job and we need some sort of button form that we can cover with leather. The form can be plastic or another non-rusting material, size 20, 22 or 30. Do you know where I can find something like that? Answer: You’re probably referring to …

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Defining canton flannel

Compiled by Juli Case Question: What is a canton flannel? Answer: A canton flannel is a woven fabric, typically made of cotton. It’s a heavy-twill woven fabric that has a plush nap on one side. It’s used in applications where the nap offers protection, such as in an interior cover for keeping a boat from …

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Edge trim and seal supplier located in California

Compiled by Juli Case Question: I’m looking for an edge trim company called Trinlok. Where are they located? Answer: We couldn’t find Trinlok, although we did find a German manufacturer of digital radio equipment named Trinloc GmbH, and a European manufacturer of laminate flooring named Trinloc. We think you might be referring to Trim-Lok Inc., …

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2008 MFA National Convention shatters attendance records

The biggest—and arguably the best—­MFA National Convention went down in “Margaritaville,” with more people, more products and more educational opportunities. The theme for the 2008 Marine Fabricators Association National Convention, Jan. 13-15,­ was “Margaritaville,” a term made popular by the Jimmy Buffet song of the same name. The Marriott Hutchinson Island Resort in Stuart, Fla., …