Industry Events

January 1, 2019

January 10–12, 2019 Marine Fabricator Conference Queen Mary Long Beach, Calif. marine.ifai.com/marine-fabricators-conference March 6–8, 2019 IFAI Women in Textiles Summit 2019 Hyatt Regency Savannah, Ga. www.ifai.com/women   January 23–27, 2019 Progressive® Insurance New York Boat Show Javits Center New York, N.Y. www.nyboatshow.com   January 24–27, 2019 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis, …

How to rebuild a business

Rob Kotowski rebuilds the family business with his father’s guidance and a commitment to quality and communication. We don’t anticipate that the completion of a project is the last time we talk with our clients,” says Rob Kotowski, owner and president of Lake Shore Boat Top Co. Inc., Saint Clair Shores, Mich. “We typically follow …

Zipper basics and sewing techniques

The zipper is familiar to everyone, yet the word itself came into existence less than 100 years ago. The fastener’s design was a lengthy process. An early version was invented by Elias Howe, the man who also invented the sewing machine. He patented an “automatic continuous clothing closure” in 1851, but it didn’t catch on. …