Building momentum in a business rarely just happens. Growing a business depends on an intentional effort, and in this issue of Marine Fabricator, readers will meet many successful business owners who are enjoying great momentum. And these owners are refining best practices as new projects come their way.
Some best practices can appear obvious, like making sure projects are planned and fabricated as efficiently as possible. Efficiency is the foundation of our Time Standards Manual, developed by the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA). The manual, on page 31, serves as a reliable benchmark for quoting labor estimates.
Speaking of efficiency, first-time Exterior columnist Eric Walton, MFC, shares hands-on advice on constructing a snow fly that, once it is fabricated, can be installed in under 30 minutes.
Successful business owners naturally respond to customer needs. The “Shade with Character” feature on page 16 captures the latest designs, textiles and components to protect people from UV sun exposure. Good shade fabrications help people get the most out of the investments they have made in their boats. After all, “When people have plenty of shade on their boat, they tend to use it more,” according to Mark Merritt, Central Florida Canvas.
Embracing technology obviously has a place in growing a business. John Bland, managing director at Tecsew Ltd., uses 3D CAD (computer-aided design) to revolutionize how he works with marine customers. His story is on page 24.
Finally, check out this month’s new column, Fabricator Focus, on page 56, where we will regularly spotlight MFA members who have unique perspectives on driving their businesses forward. In this issue, readers will meet Kathryn Maisto, MFC, owner of Fairwinds Canvas LLC and Canvas Training Center.
I look forward to meeting those of you who will be attending the 2017 Marine Fabricators Conference in Jacksonville, Fla., January 19–21.