Glen Raven debuts solar array

January 1, 2018

Glen Raven Inc. has launched a $2 million solar farm at its Anderson, S.C.-based manufacturing plant. The company’s 3,076-panel solar farm will power 100 percent of the 1-million-square-foot facility’s lights. Leib Oehmig, Glen Raven’s president and CEO, says Glen Raven expects to achieve payback on its investment within four years in terms of energy savings. …

ASA names new president

The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) board of directors announced that Glenn Hughes, ASA’s vice president for industry relations, has been hired to take on the role of president beginning April 1, 2018.

IFAI President and CEO to retire

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) president and CEO, Mary Hennessy, will retire on June 1, 2018. The IFAI Board of Directors has begun a search for her replacement and plans to name the person by May 1, 2018. Hennessy was named president in June 2012 after serving in the interim role for eight months. …

IFAI names new board chair

Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC, Glen Raven’s distribution and marketing services subsidiary in Glen Raven, N.C., has been named IFAI’s 52nd chairman of the board. Ellington has served on IFAI’s board of directors since the late 1990s. Ellington says he is planning to continue the momentum toward growth and relevance that the board has …

Sand Sea and Air accepting supply donations for Puerto Rico

October 4, 2017

Terri Madden, the owner of Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc., located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a regular contributor to Marine Fabricator magazine, recently contacted IFAI to provide an update of the situation facing her business as well as many others on the hurricane-ravaged island. “I am more fortunate than most,” Madden says. …

July new powerboat registrations report available, up 6.1 percent

September 18, 2017

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated through July 2017, and advance data show new powerboat registrations were up 6.1 percent year-over-year for the rolling twelve-month period through July. Highlights from the report include: All boat segments were up through July. Growth in registrations was led by the following …

Knight Boat Docks acquires S-K Marine

September 1, 2017

Knight Boat Docks of Deer Park, Wash., recently acquired pontoon dock manufacturer S-K Marine of Cusick, Wash. All S-K Marine’s full-time employees will be offered employment with Knight Boat Docks, as Knight moves S-K manufacturing from Cusick to its Deer Park plant. Knight will retain the S-K Marine brand name in marketing the pontoon docks, …

Taylor Made hires new directors

Taylor Made Products of Gloversville, N.Y., one of the largest suppliers of marine aftermarket products, named Jeff Smith as its new director of sales and marketing–consumer products. Smith is transferring from the original equipment manufacturing (O.E.M.) division of the Taylor Made Group where he spent 11 years as the marketing manager for Taylor Made Systems …

Fil-Tec hires new sales rep

Fil-Tec Inc., Hagerstown, Md., a leading industrial thread manufacturer, announced that Tom Koster is joining its sales team as senior sales representative for the Midwest region. He will handle sales and service as well as new account development. Koster has more than 36 years of experience in sales and management.

Valdese Weavers buys Circa 1801 facility

July 1, 2017

Valdese Weavers, Valdese, N.C., designers and producers of fabrics for specialty markets including RV, marine, luggage, apparel, pillows, drapery and bedding, has purchased the Circa 1801 facility in Connelly Springs, N.C. The 156,000-square-foot structure houses the Circa 1801 Design studio, administrative offices and manufacturing plant. The building was constructed in 1997, and is located five …