Schedule announced for annual Marine Fabricators Conference

September 27, 2018

The annual Marine Fabricators Conference will be held Jan. 10-12, 2019, onboard the Queen Mary, a historical 1930’s steamship that has been decommissioned and permanently moored in Long Beach, Calif. The conference features three full days of education including the design, patterning and fabrication of lumbar cushions, compartmental cushions and beveling basics. Additional sessions include …

Boating and fishing represent nearly $37 billion in US gross output

September 25, 2018

The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis released a final, updated report on the economic contribution of the outdoor industry, showing that boating and fishing were the leading outdoor segments in 2016. The report showed that the combined boating and fishing pastimes represented $36.9 billion in economic output. The Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account study …

STEP Award nominations close Oct. 5, honor women in marine manufacturing

September 20, 2018

The Manufacturing Institute 2019 STEP Ahead Award nominations are open through October 5, honoring women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and production (STEP) careers. STEP Ahead Award honorees hold positions at all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to high-level executive, and illustrate the widespread impact women have on …

IFAI announces new Textile Career Center

September 19, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced a new online career resource: the Textile Career Center. This new initiative will offer IFAI members, and the industry at large, an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections. For job seekers, the Textile Career Center will serve as a tool to find and apply …

Renamed Makrolon polycarbonate now Tuffak

September 18, 2018

Plaskolite LLC, which recently acquired the Covestro polycarbonate sheet business, has launched Tuffak® Polycarbonate Sheet, a premium polycarbonate sheet product formerly known as Makrolon®. The name is the only change–the product itself and all manufacturing processes will remain the same. Tuffak polycarbonate sheet is used in marine windows, automotive parts, security glazing, sign and lighting …

Beckman joins Losberger DeBoer

September 17, 2018

Losberger DeBoer, Frederick, Md., has named Justin Beckman West Coast sales representative. He joins Losberger DeBoer with almost 20 years of event and tent experience. Starting as a stagehand, Becker migrated to the event rental world in college. After attending Colorado State University, he owned and operated a tent and event company in the Sioux …

Marine education scholarships available

September 13, 2018

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) Educational Foundation has kicked off the 2018 application process for its six scholarships and the Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year Award. The award and scholarships, which will be presented during the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, Dec. 9-12 in Orlando, Fla., are intended to financially …

Prize competition seeks boater safety solutions

September 11, 2018

The U.S. Coast Guard Ready for Rescue Challenge is a $255,000 prize competition seeking boater safety solutions that will help make it easier to find people in the water. The first phase of the three-phase competition is a “call for concepts” that are effective, affordable and hold the potential for wide adoption by recreational boaters. …

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The boat design process is a lengthy one

September 7, 2018

According to Sam Shimanek, a designer at Marquis-Larson Boat Group in Pulaski, Wis., there are some years the company doesn’t undergo model year changes. When it does, the process usually starts about six months in advance. “The first few months are getting design ideas drawn up,” Shimanek says. “Next we start to pick out new …

Mentor Meetings at IFAI Expo

September 6, 2018

Need confidential advice? IFAI is now offering a fully endorsed mentorship program at IFAI Expo 2018. Professional consultations are available by appointment during show floor hours. Book a 30-minute meeting with an impressive lineup of industry experts! This opportunity is open to all attendees and exhibitors and free with any registration type.   Why Seek Mentorship? Mentors become trusted advisers …