Showroom showdown

January 1, 2022  |  Feature

Whether it’s online or brick and mortar, a well-conceived product showroom can make a substantial difference in how customers perceive your company and its offerings. Strategic improvements in both can help your clients better understand their choices and smooth your way toward easier, more profit…
Regaining control over job scheduling

January 1, 2022  |  Feature

Moving projects out the door when promised is key to keeping customers happy and sanity intact but getting a handle on job scheduling can be tough. Although setting production priorities and communicating these to customers has always been important, this need has become even more urgent as shops co…
MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards deadline next week

October 22, 2021  |  Awards, IFAI Events, IFAI news, MFA Conference, MFA Excellence Awards, MFA Excellence Awards, News

From design excellence to quality workmanship, the MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards showcase projects representing the breadth of the industry from tops and covers to interior and exterior upholstery. Submissions will be accepted through Oct. 30, 2021. Winners will be announced at the 2022 MFA Conf…
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Shade sails on land and sea

September 1, 2021  |  Feature

Honing your math skills can open up new markets. By Jeff Moravec On the way to becoming the owner of Wyckam Fabric Creations in Portland, Ore., Amy Poe developed a set of eclectic skills that have come in handy in the wide world of fabrication. She earned degrees in physics and Spanish and specializ…
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New solutions to some sticky textile problems

September 1, 2021  |  Feature

Supply chain issues aside, advancements in marine fabrics bring long-awaited solutions to at least some of the problems that have plagued marine canvas manufacturers since the dawn of the industry. by Sigrid Tornquist Despite a log-jammed supply chain and an increase in the number of people who want…
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Taking the next step: Jeff Newkirk grows his business

September 1, 2021  |  Feature

Pushed by the pandemic, Jeff Newkirk envisions a growth plan for Precision Custom Canvas.   By Michelle Miron Jeff Newkirk, MFC, started sailing at such a young age, he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t entranced with sailboats, the glide across open water and the call of the open wind.&…
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Bedding projects that wow

July 1, 2021  |  Feature

The sleeping quarters are where marine fabricators can really show off their design chops, but for bedding projects that impress, asking clients the right questions and thoughtful preplanning are essential.  By Pamela Mills-Senn Boats give marine fabricators plenty of chances to showcase their …
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Digital patterning: 2D and 3D tools

July 1, 2021  |  Feature

How one fabricator stepped into the future. By Jeff Moravec Marine Tops Unlimited Inc. has been providing custom fabrication for Wisconsin boats for just shy of 40 years. Kyle Van Damme, who with his father owns the company in Omro, west of Oshkosh, has for the vast majority of those years done fabr…