July 2022

  • Published On: July 29, 2022

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced that it is accepting applications for Centers of Excellence (CoE) designations to recognize and support community or technical colleges and maritime training centers that prepare Americans for careers in the maritime industry. As part of addressing the challenges presented by supply chain disruptions and climate change, [...]

  • Published On: July 28, 2022

    Advanced Textiles Association (ATA), recently launched their new logo. ATA became the official new name of the association formerly known as Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), on June 1 and have now released their new look. The goal was to find a name and acronym that was more inclusive of the textiles, fabrics, materials that [...]

  • Published On: July 28, 2022

    Herculite Products Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance and custom fabrics, has hired Jake Ritchie as Midwest Regional Manager for the Direct Sales team. Ritchie joins the Herculite sales team with more than four years of B2B sales support. He received a degree in Business Management from Lincoln Land Community College. As a collegiate basketball player [...]

  • Published On: July 27, 2022

    With Covid-19 came a change in consumer spending patterns that drove an increase of 25% to 35% in the volume of world trade in products. This surge in cargo overwhelmed global sea logistics assets and caused significant supply chain disruptions around the world. The Advanced Textiles Association (ATA, formerly IFAI) will present the webinar “Global [...]

  • Published On: July 26, 2022

    The Biden Administration announced the re-establishment of the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation (FICOR), an interagency effort that will work to create more safe, affordable, and equitable opportunities for Americans to get outdoors. FICOR includes leaders from the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, and Defense and will focus on improving access to nature, [...]

  • Published On: July 21, 2022

    Tennessee Governor Bill Lee recently signed into law a marine industry-backed model for wakesurfing and wakeboarding legislation. The Tennessee law marks the first state to adopt the industry’s model legislation. The new law is designed to help protect the shorelines of Tennessee lakes and homeowners’ property from the high wakes created by wakeboats and enhances [...]

  • Published On: July 20, 2022

    The Miami Corporation is pleased to announce that John Tavano has been named the director of awning, shade and marine sales. Tavano joined Miami Corp. in 2013 as a regional sales representative focusing on the Northeast awning market.  In 2017, he was promoted to national account manager and has since had great success expanding the [...]

  • Published On: July 20, 2022

    Fabric manufacturer Glen Raven reports that system enhancements and upgraded equipment has increased the output of its flagship brand by more than 25 percent. According to a company press release, the majority of stock Sunbrella® performance fabrics are available to ship immediately. The system improvements are due to the completion of the first phase of [...]

  • Published On: July 19, 2022

    Registration is now open for the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Southeast Regional Workshop being held Sept. 16-17, 2022, at Canvas Designers, Inc., in Riviera Beach, Fla. The workshop will provide networking and hands-on education in a shop setting and will give fabricators an opportunity to see how other shops approach various projects as well as [...]

  • Published On: July 14, 2022

    The Total Industry Sales by Category and State section of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) 2021 U.S. Statistical abstract is now available. This section details recreational boat and marine engine retail sales data (unit sales, dollar value and average retail prices) and total recreational marine expenditures. After a historic year in 2020, boating remained [...]