ASA names new president

January 1st, 2018

The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) board of directors announced that Glenn Hughes, ASA’s vice president for industry relations, has been hired to take on the role of president beginning April 1, 2018.

Read More Edit

New flexible enclosure products

January 1st, 2018

Covestro has launched two new flexible marine enclosure products—Makrolon® Marine 5 and Makrolon® VR. Both provide high optical clarity, low distortion and exceptional durability. Marine 5 is designed for the most demanding conditions. It provides the highest weathering performance and two-sided hard coat protection against abrasion, UV and chemicals. VR is an alternative to vinyl […]

Read More Edit

IFAI President and CEO to retire

January 1st, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) president and CEO, Mary Hennessy, will retire on June 1, 2018. The IFAI Board of Directors has begun a search for her replacement and plans to name the person by May 1, 2018. Hennessy was named president in June 2012 after serving in the interim role for eight months. […]

Read More Edit

Creative Problem Solvers

January 1st, 2018

Derek Steere and Lauren Cohen are the owners of San Juan Canvas Co., located in Friday Harbor, Wash. They have been in business for nine years and design and fabricate many custom marine canvas products including dodgers, hatch covers and enclosures. They also repair sails, fabricate a variety of canvas tote bags and build custom […]

Read More Edit

Preparing for disasters

January 1st, 2018

Editor’s note: Like many people who live and work in Puerto Rico, longtime contributor Terri Madden, owner of Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc., has been deeply affected by the hurricanes. We asked her to write a column to help others learn from her experience. When a disaster occurs, everything takes on a new meaning. […]

Read More Edit

IFAI names new board chair

January 1st, 2018

Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC, Glen Raven’s distribution and marketing services subsidiary in Glen Raven, N.C., has been named IFAI’s 52nd chairman of the board. Ellington has served on IFAI’s board of directors since the late 1990s. Ellington says he is planning to continue the momentum toward growth and relevance that the board has […]

Read More Edit

2018 Marine Fabricators Conference

January 1st, 2018

Online registration is open for the Marine Fabricators Conference 2018, Jan. 25-27 in Savannah, Ga. To register, visit ifai.com/marineconference. For information about hotel options in the Savannah area, visit https://marine.ifai.com/marine-fabricators-conference/. For information about the education sessions and conference schedule, visit ifai.com/marineconference or contact education and events manager Barbara Connett at bjconnett@ifai.com

Read More Edit

Heavy-duty marine shears

January 1st, 2018

Kretzer introduces new Spirale 10-inch and 12-inch drop forged tailor’s shears with a thinner blade and highly pointed tip making cutting into corners and tight spots easier. A new, flatter screw system makes these shears easier to holster, and a lock washer in combination with a spring washer helps to keep tension on the blades […]

Read More Edit

Crossover skills

January 1st, 2018

Are you familiar with the term “crossover skills”? The idea is to leverage the skills you learn at one job and use them on the next, even though that job may not be exactly the same. For marine fabricators, applying their canvas and upholstery skills to the furniture and transportation industries can be an excellent […]

Read More Edit

Word-of-mouth marketing still works

January 1st, 2018

Mathew Rice was frustrated last year when he couldn’t find anyone near his Fremont, Ohio, home who could make an enclosure for his Maxum 2800 Sport Cruiser without at least a three-month wait. So Rice decided to purchase the necessary equipment, get some training and do the job himself. “I told my wife, ‘I’m going […]

Read More Edit