IFAI announces call for board and leadership positions

April 22, 2019

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is now seeking candidates for positions on its Board of Directors and Division Advisory Boards. The current 1st Vice Chairman Kathy Schaefer, IFM (Glawe Tent and Awning Co.) is Chairman-elect and will automatically assume the duties of the Chairman of the Board in October. …

Spring 2019 boating safety circular available

April 18, 2019

The spring 2019 Boating Safety Circular (BSC) is now available for downloading from the Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety’s website. Click here to access the BSC. This BSC issue includes: •HINs for Racing Vessels •Recreational Boat Safe Loading and Flotation Regulations •Summary of MIBS 2019 Inspection Citations by Type •Capacity Label 101 – Back …

Senate confirms Bernhardt as Secretary of Interior

April 16, 2019

The U.S. Senate confirmed David Bernhard to be the next Secretary of the Interior. Bernhardt was previously serving as acting Secretary following Secretary Ryan Zinke’s departure in January. Recently, Bernhardt issued two secretarial orders promoting recreation. The first established a departmental task force to facilitate and prioritize the implementation of the Dingell Act, wide-reaching public …

$1 billion to states for recreation access, conservation

April 11, 2019

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing more than $1 billion this year to support increased outdoor access and wildlife habitat conservation across all 50 states and U.S. territories. The funds are generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting, fishing equipment and boat fuel. Authorized by Congress through the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife …

$20 million in grants for recreational boating projects

April 9, 2019

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program continues its contributions to recreational boaters and local communities through this year’s award of $20.6 million in grants to states and U.S. territories to support recreational boating. Grantees use BIG funds to construct, renovate and maintain marinas and other facilities with features for transient …

New Hot Swap program from Kamber

April 8, 2019

Kamber Narrow Fabric Machinery LLC, a global trader and specialist in pre-owned weaving, braiding and knitting machinery, has announced a new Hot Swap program for manufacturers. The program offers manufacturers the opportunity to have their narrow fabric needle looms completely refurbished with a full one-year warranty and with zero minutes of downtime with their current …

IBEX to hold workforce education session

April 2, 2019

  A new Super Session has been added to the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) educational lineup, Challenges & Solutions for Workforce Development, to address the hurdles of recruiting and retaining employees in the boating industry and address areas that will help companies’ long-term growth. The workforce Super Session will take place September 30, …

California bans flotation foam chemicals

March 26, 2019

California Senate Bill SB 1013 prohibits Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) 134a and other HFCs used as the foam expansion agent in new marine flotation (buoyancy) foam beginning January 1, 2020. The prohibition applies to foam that enters into commerce in California, which includes foam manufactured out of state and brought into California. Marine floatation foam is a …

IFAI’s inaugural Women in Textiles Summit a success

March 21, 2019

  More women than ever now own textile companies, and IFAI’s recent Women in Textiles Summit brought together many of these business leaders to share their unique expertise within a highly specialized industry. This year’s inaugural summit, held March 6–8 in Savannah, Ga., facilitated what IFAI President and CEO Steve Schiffman calls an “investment in …

Tecsew outfits historic battleship

March 20, 2019

  U.K.-based Tecsew Limited recently contributed toward the restoration of the HMS Warrior, Britain’s first iron-hulled, armored battleship. The ship is stationed at Portsmouth, England’s Historic Dockyard. Tecsew fitted the iconic vessel with a large cover for the vent cowlings, skylight covers, stairway covers, and funnel coats and rams. The MFA member-company has been in …