New VP for Serge Ferrari Americas

March 29th, 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 […]

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Henderson Sewing Machine celebrates 50 years

March 27th, 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. […]

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AmazonSmile promotion

March 22nd, 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

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Women in Marine Manufacturing Honored

March 22nd, 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) […]

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Stephen Eberle achieves MFC LifeTime Certification through IFAI

March 20th, 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 […]

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New exterior roller shades color

March 15th, 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 […]

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On the horizon for marine tension shades

March 13th, 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 […]

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New zippers on the horizon

March 9th, 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 […]

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Fasteners for marine tension shades

March 7th, 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 […]

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Lighter thread snips

March 1st, 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 […]

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