MFA announces scholarship

March 29, 2011

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) announced the 2011 Membership Scholarship award in the amount of $2,000. This scholarship provides tuition expenses at an accredited college, university or technical school. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, community service, financial need and interest in a future career in the specialty fabrics industry. To …

Congressional Boating Caucus co-chairs announced

March 23, 2011

Representatives Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) will serve as co-chairs for the Congressional Boating Caucus in the 112th Congress. The Congressional Boating Caucus is an informal, bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and Representatives formed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) in 1989 to advocate for the interests of the recreational boating industry. …

Top Value Fabrics new distribution center

March 16, 2011

Top Value Fabrics, a supplier of industrial and recreational fabrics, has achieved full operational status for its new distribution center in Indianapolis, Ind. “The 45,000 square-foot facility provides the needed space to continue to stock the fabrics we need to meet the growing demand from our customers in areas such as print media, CPSIA compliant …

New Tri Vantage catalog

March 9, 2011

From performance fabrics to stainless steel fittings, and from awning components to complete shade systems, the new catalog from Tri Vantage® offers everything needed for awning, marine and furniture applications. Within its 500 pages, the new catalog from the nation’s largest awning, marine and furniture fabrics distributor contains more than 12,500 different items. The new …

January boat sales continue gradual improvement

March 2, 2011

Continuing a trend from the previous two months, January saw slightly improved sales for the boat segments tracked by Info-Link Technologies Inc.’s Bellwether Report, though on the whole sales are still down. Losses tracked by the group hit their worst point of the recession in the summer of 2009, rallied to a high point last …

Keyston Bros. appoints Florida rep

March 1, 2011

Keyston Bros. appointed Dennis Bueker as sales manager with responsibilities for account management and business development in targeted Florida markets. Bueker previously worked at Tri Vantage for nearly three decades in multiple sales and management roles with responsibility for new product development, customer service and branch operations. He is currently serving a two-year term as …

Glen Raven facility earns certification

Glen Raven’s Park Avenue finishing plant has earned certification from NSF International, a globally recognized standards organization that works with companies producing products that can affect public health and safety. The certification comes in support of the GlenFlow fabric line, which is being developed for water filtration. NSF is widely recognized for its scientific and …

Tri Vantage distribution center in full operation

Tri Vantage achieved full operational status for its Consolidated Distribution Center (CDC) in Mebane, N.C. The 102,000-square-foot facility serves as the central receiving point for more than 200 Tri Vantage product suppliers. The CDC consolidates 12,500 different items that are shipped daily to Tri Vantage branches and customers nationwide. Located near Interstate-85 in central North …

E15 approved for additional vehicles

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of E15 for model year 2001-2006 cars and trucks, raising concerns from within the marine industry. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the use of E15 for additional on-road vehicles will increase the likelihood of misfueling for boats. The NMMA said in a statement that …

Waterproof, flame retardant PVC-coated polyester

Waterproof, flame retardant PVC-coated polyester Covin Sales & Converting VIP-FR is a high-strength, easy-to-clean PVC-coated polyester fabric that comes in 24 classic colors and meets State Fire Marshal Code Title 19, NFPA 701 and European Fire Code M2. The fabric is flame retardant, waterproof and resistant to mildew and UV rays, making it ideal for …