The Northeast Canvas Products Association celebrates its 100th anniversary

February 20, 2020

The Northeast Canvas Products Association (NECPA) celebrated its 100th anniversary on January 16-18 in Worcester, Mass. The conference event included a full slate of Friday seminars presented by NECPA in conjunction with the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) and the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA), divisions of IFAI, plus a full Expo day with more than …

December 2019 powerboat registrations retail unit sales on par with 2018

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) December New Powerboat Registrations Report shows new powerboat retail unit sales closed the fourth quarter of 2019 up 4 percent on a rolling 3-month year-over-year (R3M YOY) basis and closed 2019 down 1 percent on a rolling 12-month year-over-year basis, marking the second highest level of new powerboat sales …

IFAI/Alliance Group partnership provides fast, competitive financing to members

February 18, 2020

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has partnered with Alliance Funding Group to provide members of IFAI fast financing at competitive rates. IFAI’s Vice President, New Business Development, Andrew Aho says, “IFAI is enthusiastic about offering members access to one more resource when considering financing equipment or looking for working capital. Alliance Funding Group has been …

2019 outboard engine sales reach 13-year high

February 13, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) 2019 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, Outboard Engine Sales Trends report shows sales increased for the eighth consecutive year in 2019, nearly reaching pre-recession levels with a 13-year high. “We’re seeing the trend in consumer demand for higher performance engines continue with outboard engine sales growth in 2019 led …

Indiana moves toward creating outdoor rec office

February 4, 2020

The Indiana Senate Natural Resources committee unanimously approved Senate Concurrent Resolution #15, which calls for establishing an Indiana Office of Outdoor Recreation Development. The resolution outlines the Office’s priorities and encourages it to be established within the Indiana Destination Development Corporation. The priorities detailed in the resolution include increasing outdoor recreation-based economic development, tourism, and …

2020 Minneapolis Innovation Award Winners announced

January 30, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored the winners of the 2020 Minneapolis Innovation Awards, recognizing groundbreaking new consumer marine products, presented during preview night of the Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show. The Minneapolis Innovation Awards honor manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products in the boating industry to …

Enduratex expands marine products representation

January 29, 2020

Enduratex™ has expanded its marine product representation through a new relationship with Coatney Sales and Haimes Coleman Group Inc., according to Eric Petersen, director of sales and marketing for Enduratex. Craig Coatney, principal of Coatney Sales, and Charlie Haimes, a principal in the Haimes Coleman Group, will cover the Midwest and Southeast regions, respectively. “We …

Marine Fabricators Association Announces Marine Fabrication Excellence Award Winners

January 28, 2020

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) awarded the Marine Fabrication Excellence Awards for design excellence, and quality workmanship in marine applications at the 2020 Marine Fabricators Conference. Marine Fabricators Conference is an annual conference that includes education and training, networking opportunities, and an exhibitor show floor. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and …

Entry of NMMA certified vessels into Canada made easier

January 23, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is entering a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Transport Canada to ease the entry of NMMA certified boats and yachts for sale into the Canadian marketplace. NMMA certified boat manufacturers will soon be able to provide an NMMA certificate for their certified model alongside an abbreviated Declaration of Conformity …

Industry veteran Steve Toth retires

January 22, 2020

After 36 years in the textile industry Steve Toth will be retiring from his position at Ennis Fabrics as regional sales manager, specialty division. Over his career, Toth has served on the board for numerous industry associations. Currently, Toth is a director on IFAI’s PAMA board. “From the beginning, Steve’s customer service philosophy and values …