MFA Roundtable discussions generate heat

February 16, 2018

The marine industry “speed dating” roundtables at the 2018 MFA conference in Savannah, Ga., gave participants a chance to discuss burning issues and exchange best practices on a wide variety of topics including fabric choices, sales techniques, staff training and retention, the pros and cons of product line diversification, upholstery, CAD and plotter cutters, insurance, …

2018 MFA Award of Distinction winners

February 15, 2018

During the awards dinner at the 2018 Marine Fabricators Conference, David Elliott, David’s Custom Trimmers, Wakerly, Australia, was presented with the upholstery Award of Distinction for his project “The Day Lounge.” Shane Beashel, SB Marine Trimming, Newport, Australia, received the exterior canvas Award of Distinction for his project “Jeanneau 51.” The Award of Distinction is …

Record number of Tools, Tips and Tricks at MFA conference

February 14, 2018

With a record 29 entries, the Tools, Tricks and Tips competition at the 2018 MFA conference in Savannah, Ga., had no shortage of good ideas. Eric Sevy from Sugar House Awning, Salt Lake City, Utah, was named the first-place Don Racine winner for his erector set type frame assembly that helps onsite patterning. Katie Bradford …

IFAI Video Technical Library now open

February 8, 2018

The new IFAI Video Technical Library offers a rich collection of manufacturing knowledge to help fabricators solve problems, train employees and educate themselves about new equipment. “This new technical library provides DIY learning anytime and at any location,” says Magda Ronningen, national program manager for IFAI’s Makers Division, who partnered with Christine Gerard, supervisor of …

Aussies share expertise at 2018 MFA conference

February 7, 2018

The 2018 MFA conference in Savannah, Ga., Jan. 25-27 included Australian guests who presented educational sessions on a variety of upholstery and patterning techniques. Presenters David Elliott, David’s Custom Trimmers Pty Ltd.; Neil Hancock, Aussie Boat Covers; and Shane Beashel, SB Marine Trimming, encouraged participants to create unique products and to also add value and …

Call for product submissions for Marine Fabricator Premiere Product Showcase 2018

February 6, 2018

Marine Fabricator magazine will present a Premier Product Showcase in the May/June issue. This is a great opportunity to give readers a look at quality fabrics, film, foam, hardware, findings, equipment and tools that can help potential customers do their jobs better. We’ll share the information, in print and online, with thousands of readers interested …

2019 MFA Conference date, location set

February 1, 2018

The 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference will be held onboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, Calif., on January 10-12, 2019. Registration for next year’s conference will open in August of 2018. The opening night welcome party theme is gangsters—begin your costume planning now!

2018 MFA conference breaks attendance, exhibitor records

The 2018 Marine Fabricators Conference in Savannah, Ga., on Jan. 25-27, attracted more than 300 attendees breaking the 2017 record of 266–with more than 100 of the 2018 conference attendees participating for the first time. The conference also featured a sold-out exhibitor show floor packed with equipment, fabrics, threads and hardware components. Both attendees and …

Carver Industries appoints new sales manager

Carver Industries has appointed Johnny “JT” Thomerson to the newly-created position of national sales manager. Thomerson, a 45-year veteran of the marine industry most recently with Lenco Marine Solutions, will play a key role in the development of OE and aftermarket accounts for the company and expand its force of sales representatives. Located in Landrum, …

Call for editorial submissions: Specialty Fabric Showcase 2018

January 25, 2018

The Specialty Fabrics Review annual Fabric Showcase in the April and May 2018 issues is a great opportunity to give readers a look at new fabrics—natural, synthetic, woven, nonwoven, electronic, interactive or smart—and how they can help your potential customers do their jobs better. We’ll share the information, in print and online, with thousands of …