Autometrix offers free PPE patterns

April 8, 2020

To help manufacturers in the U.S. and around the world find ways to retool and manufacture PPE to meet the urgent need during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Autometrix Inc., an industrial equipment supplier in Nevada County, Calif., is offering free patterns for personal protective equipment (PPE) it has collected in conjunction with Kaas Tailored, TukaTech, …

NMMA’s COVID-19 webinar available online

April 7, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) hosted a webinar on how the $2 trillion stimulus bill recently signed into law by President Trump will help marine businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Nicole Vasilaros, senior vice president of government and legal affairs at NMMA, and George Cooper, partner at Forbes-Tate Partners, broke down the stimulus bill …

IFAI webinar Thursday: When the Economy Stops: How to Get Back to the Party

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is hosting the webinar “When the Economy Stops: How to Get Back to the Party” on Thursday, April 9, 2020, noon to 1:00 CST. The webinar is free to IFAI members and $39 for non-members. The events of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the global financial crisis all brought the economy …

Urgent need for PPE patterns and specifications

April 6, 2020

As the industry works together to address the vast personal protective equipment (PPE) needs, Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is searching for patterns or specification information fabricators are willing to share with the industry at large. The hope is to publicly post designs for masks and gowns to enable manufacturing by more IFAI members. Some …

Top tips for operating a specialty fabrics business during a pandemic

April 1, 2020

IFAI Division Webinars this week are bringing together diverse members of the specialty fabrics industry to discuss how they are navigating the COVID-19 crisis. For companies that are operational—that is, they have either been deemed essential businesses or they are not currently under a “shelter in place” order—worker health and safety is a major concern. …

Application process for Paycheck Protection Program opens Friday

Starting Friday, April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – an initiative that was included in the $2 trillion economic relief bill signed by President Trump last week, which authorizes nearly $350 billion in forgivable loans to businesses to pay up to eight weeks …

Facebook, others launch grant programs for small businesses

Facebook announced a $100 million program to help small businesses affected by coronavirus. The grants will be available for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries. Facebook said it will be accepting applications in the coming weeks. The company said the program can help businesses with rent, operational costs, maintaining workforce and …

Friday webinar on how federal stimulus package helps boating industry businesses

March 31, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) will present a webinar on Friday, April 3, about how the $2 trillion stimulus bill recently signed into law by President Trump will help marine businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to register now. The event will feature presentations from Nicole Vasilaros, senior vice president of government and …

Washington State closes to recreational fishing

March 30, 2020

The state of Washington is closed to recreational fishing and shellfishing through April 8, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and several other states are restricting access in their efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus. To support the action by Washington, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced it would …

Effects of $2 trillion stimulus plan on marine industry

March 26, 2020

With the U.S. Senate passing the nearly $2 trillion economic relief package and the U.S. House of Representatives expected to follow suit, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has compiled a breakdown of provisions in the legislation, formally known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and how they might affect the …