J. Ennis Fabrics hires Steve Toth

March 1st, 2017

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 […]

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Iosso products receive sustainability award

March 1st, 2017

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 […]

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Palm Harbor by Enduratex™

March 1st, 2017

Palm Harbor has a leather-like look with a weave embossed pattern. Its topcoat, Forbid SRT, increases stain resistance while preserving the integrity of the fabric luster and softness of the faux leather textile. The collection is available in 15 SKUs and is recommended for use in marine, residential, hospitality, health care and restaurant seating. www.enduratex.com

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Wesley Mancini Collection

March 1st, 2017

Wesley Mancini has teamed up with outdoor fabric manufacturer Al Fresco Functional Fabrics for a new collection. The collection will feature more than 35 new designs, incorporating a wide array of new colors, novelty yarns and constructions. Made in the U.S., all fabrics are bleachable, antimicrobial and UV resistant. www.altizerco.com

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Good people, bad choices

March 1st, 2017

Ask an average person, “Would you voluntarily do something that is unethical or illegal?” Generally, he or she will reply something like, “Heavens, no!” People naturally prefer to do the right thing. However, when faced with enough pressure, some people will be tempted to cross the line. In my work as a professional ethics consultant […]

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Beyond process improvement

March 1st, 2017

Marine fabricator amps up teamwork and quality results There is a common thread with custom manufacturing—it’s very labor-intensive, very expensive and typically done by artisans and skilled trades people,” says Ed Skrzynski, owner of Marco Canvas, Marco Island, Fla. “When I took over the company from my father, I asked myself if I could successfully […]

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WeatherStrong® Outdoor Cabinetry

March 1st, 2017

Florida-based Ideal Cabinetry has introduced a new modular Outdoor Cabinetry program under the brand name WeatherStrong®. These new cabinets are manufactured from a marine-grade waterproof polymer and feature 304-grade stainless steel hardware. WeatherStrong cabinets are built with precision dowel alignment and a fast-cure solvent-free structural adhesive system that provides excellent bond strength. www.idealcabinetry.com

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SS71 Bonding Tape

March 1st, 2017

Developed by Miller Weldmaster, SS71 Bonding Tape is available exclusively from Trivantage®. Made with polyurethane adhesive, it uses proven bonding technologies for the clean assembly of projects. The welding tape is designed to work with Sunbrella®, Sunbrella® Plus, FIRESIST® and other acrylic fabrics. It creates clean, waterproof seams. www.trivantage.com

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High-Performance Sewing Machines

March 1st, 2017

Every trade has its tools, and marine fabrication is no exception. A critically important tool of marine fabrication is the sewing machine. Regardless of the brand, a sewing machine has to be durable, reliable and easily maintained, because it is, after all, the workhorse of a productive shop. Purchasing a professional-grade sewing machine, however, is […]

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For the love of making things

March 1st, 2017

Joel Butler, owner of Leatherback Canvas, founded his one-person business in 2004 after discovering that his interests in art and making things added up to transferable skills for the marine fabrication business. Butler’s 18 years of fabrication experience is well utilized in his San Diego, Calif.-based shop. What drew you into the marine fabrication industry? […]

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