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 …

Spradling meets European regulations

Spradling International Marine, Maryville, Tenn., has confirmed that its marine performance products comply with the European Biocide Product Regulation. Spradling products do not contain OBPA (Oxybisphonoxyarsine), a biocide banned by the European Union that is processed in marine vinyl material to prevent pink staining. Spradling marine-grade products have been manufactured without OBPA since 2013. They …

Heytex and BondCote welcome new employees

Heytex and BondCote Corporation, Pulaski, Va., providers of coated, laminated and composite fabrics, announced the hiring of Steve Moses as the purchasing/materials manager. Moses will assume the responsibilities of cross-plant global purchasing strategy of Heytex and BondCote, manage the division materials activities and process, and participate in the global purchasing strategy, supplier rating process and …

Crypton acquired by Berkley Capital

The Crypton® Companies, Bloomsfield Hills, Mich., providers of performance fabrics in the contract, home furnishings and apparel markets, announced that Berkley Capital LLC has acquired a majority stake. Berkley Capital is the private equity investment vehicle of W. R. Berkley Corp., a Fortune 500 property and casualty insurance company. Company co-founders Craig and Randy Rubin, …

HEYtex & BondCote hires Wolynes

May 1, 2017

HEYtex & BondCote Corp. has hired Earle Wolynes as sales manager–industrial. Wolynes has more than 20 years of experience in the textile industry in manufacturing, development, sales, marketing and outside consulting. Over his career he has received eight patents in textiles and is a multi-time member of Milliken’s Innovators Hall of Fame. Wolynes will be …