March 2018

  • Published On: March 29, 2018

    Serge Ferrari Americas has appointed Jules Duguay as vice president to lead business operations in North, Central and South America. Duguay joins the company after 13 years in the textile industry. He holds an engineering degree from the University of Manitoba and an MBA from Queens University. Duguay will work out of the company’s headquarters [...]

  • Published On: March 27, 2018

    Henderson Sewing Machine Co., headquartered in Andalusia, Ala., was established 50 years ago by James F. Henderson as a supplier of products to the apparel market. Current owner Frank Henderson joined his father’s company in 1976 after graduating from college with the goal of growing the company and continuing his father’s emphasis on customer service. [...]

  • Published On: March 22, 2018

    If you shop on Amazon, be sure to take advantage of the AmazonSmile promotion. From March 12–31, 2018, AmazonSmile will triple the donation amount to 1.5 percent to Industrial Fabrics Foundation. Go to For additional details about the promotion, click here

  • Published On: March 22, 2018

    Three women in the marine manufacturing industry received 2018 STEP Ahead Awards. They are Valerie Harriell, vice president of human resources, Volvo Penta of the Americas, Alicia Harris, manager, quality and planning, Brunswick Corporation - Brunswick Boat Group, and Shelley Tubaugh, vice president of marketing, Grady-White Boats, Inc. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) [...]

  • Published On: March 20, 2018

    Stephen Eberle, Canvasworks Inc., Kennebunk, Maine, achieved Certified for Life Master Fabrics Craftsman (MFC) in Marine in March 2018. This certification recognizes Eberle’s superior knowledge of business and organizational management in the specialty fabrics industry. Eberle has been an IFAI member for 24 years and served on the IFAI Marine Fabricator Association Advisory Board from [...]

  • Published On: March 15, 2018

    Phifer Inc. has added a new color to its SunTex® 95 exterior sun control line. The new hue, Stucco, joins the current range of nine neutral color options in this fabric collection designed specifically for exterior roller shade applications. Made from vinyl-coated polyester, the line is thinner and lighter weight than traditional SunTex fabrics. Blocking [...]

  • Published On: March 13, 2018

    Canvas shops around the country have seen an increase in demand for tension shades versus fixed-frame structures such as biminis. Boat owners like sun protection with less obstructive framing and the modern look of shade sails. Fabricators who have been installing tension shades are already looking at where the market is heading and where the [...]

  • Published On: March 9, 2018

    The office for Paskal USA has been closed by the corporate office in Israel; however, Jeff Correia, its former operations manager, has opened a new company called Ziptec Innovations, LLC ( If you call the number for Paskal USA you get Ziptec. “Much has changed, but the original Paskal zippers that were part of the [...]

  • Published On: March 7, 2018

    As more boat owners are having tension shades installed over decks for sun protection, marine fabricators have come up with various ways of attaching the fabric to poles. “The most common fastener is SnapFast® for hardtops,” says Tony Shaw, owner of Affordable Canvas LLC in Venice, Fla. “Sometimes we use keder track or webbing to [...]

  • Published On: March 1, 2018

    The ECO thread nipper is a lighter weight thread snips from Kretzer that offers a new feel to snipping threads. Traditional thread snips require the user to pick up and adjust the grip, because the finger has to be placed in the ring before snipping. With these new snips, the user simply picks them up [...]