Safety Components adds new distributors for WeatherMAX

May 17, 2018

Safety Components, manufacturer of WeatherMAX and other high-performance outdoor technical fabrics, has added four distributors for its newest product, WeatherMAX 3D: J. Ennis Fabrics, Keyston Bros., Performance Textiles and The Miami Corporation. This provides availability for the innovative textile throughout the U.S. and Canada. Made in the USA, WeatherMAX 3D stretches up to 20 percent …

Correct Craft CEO named to advisory committee

May 15, 2018

U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, announced the addition of Correct Craft President and CEO, Bill Yeargin, to the Department of Interior’s “Made in America” Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee. The announcement was made during the recreational marine industry’s annual legislative conference, the American Boating Congress, in Washington, D.C. The committee advises the Secretary of …

Canadian boat sales up in 2017

May 10, 2018

Total unit sales of new boats increased in Canada by 4.7 percent in 2017 according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Canada 2017 Canadian Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract – Economic Facts and Retail Markets (New Boats). The report contains a comprehensive collection of statistics on the Canadian recreational boating industry. Other highlights from the …

The Cutting Room

May 9, 2018

June 12, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$79.00 for Nonmembers The presenters will cover four components used in a cutting room: digitizing, cutting, material handling and ROI. Learn what applications are best suited for full automation and how to implement them and increase your product volumes. Presenters Truy Pham Autometrix Inc. Truy “Tree” …

Selling Quality Over Price

June 20, 2018 | Noon EST Free to IFAI Members/$75.00 for Nonmembers Learn about increasing your bottom line and how to encourage your clients to upgrade to better quality materials. Find out how upselling reflects company image, leads to future referrals and produces long-lasting products. Presenter Dave Callahan Granite State Cover & Canvas Inc. After …

IBEX location and dates confirmed through 2020

May 8, 2018

The International Boat Builders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), the marine industry’s largest technical trade event in North America, will continue to be located at the Tampa Convention Center for the next three years. The show is scheduled to take place October 2-4, 2018, October 1-3, 2019 and September 29-October 1, 2020. For more information, visit …

IFAI’S Student Design Competition: Deadline is May 15, 2018

May 4, 2018

Each year, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) sponsors a Student Design Competition for students enrolled in a post-secondary college or university program studying textiles, apparel, engineering or design. The annual competition offers students a valuable opportunity to build their portfolios and advance their career opportunities—and first-place winners also receive a $6,000+ Prize Pack with …

New powerboat registrations up

May 3, 2018

New powerboat registrations were up 4 percent through February 2018 according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) New Powerboat Registrations Report. Highlights from the report include: • Registrations of larger boats 27 feet and greater were up 11.1 percent on a rolling 12-month year-over-year basis. Of those, growth was led by saltwater fishing boats, …

2017 sailboat sales down

May 1, 2018

Sailboat sales were down 11 percent from 2016, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) 2017 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract. The report shows declines across all sailboat categories except the 36 foot and larger segment, which was up 14.4 percent. Imports of sailboats into the U.S. were up 3.2 percent while exports rebounded …

Small business tax prep costs still high

April 27, 2018

According to The National Small Business Association’s (NSBA) 2018 Small Business Taxation Survey, 63 percent of the 953 small businesses participating in the survey report spending more than $1,000 annually on the administration of federal taxes. The 2018 NSBA survey also shows that one in three small businesses spend 40 hours each year preparing federal …