Call for candidates for IFAI Board positions

May 11, 2021

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is looking for individuals with strong leadership skills to fill the following IFAI Board positions: •1st Vice Chairman: 2-year term (the individual elected to this position will be the “Chairman-elect” and shall automatically become Chairman of the Board at the completion of the incoming …

Registration is open for IFAI Expo 2021

May 10, 2021

Registration is open for IFAI Expo 2021. IFAI Expo celebrates the 100th anniversary of the show this November, and you won’t want to miss it! After a long hiatus of in-person events, this year’s show is the perfect place to reconnect with your industry. Register now to get the Early Bird rate! Early Bird rates end …

Morbern named one of Canada’s best managed companies for second year

Cornwall, Ontario-based Morbern, manufacturer of upholstery vinyls for marine, health care, commercial interiors, RV and automotive applications, has been named as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the second year in a row. Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies organization remains one of the world’s leading business awards programs recognizing companies for innovative, …

New boat sales remain elevated in 2021

May 7, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports that retail unit sales of new powerboats in February 2021 were up 34% compared to the same time period last year, according to its New Powerboat Registrations Report. Data shows total new boat sales are averaging 31,000 units sold monthly since the summer of 2020, on a seasonally-adjusted …

Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force finalizes recommendations

May 6, 2021

After a year of deliberations and public input, the 21-member Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force has finalized recommendations to enhance outdoor recreation in Minnesota. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Sarah Strommen and Explore Minnesota Executive Director John Edman charged the Task Force to consider (1) how to bring measured growth, increased and equitable …

2022 MFA Conference call for speakers, shop tour locations

May 5, 2021

Organizers of the 2022 Marine Fabricators Conference, which will be held Jan. 13-15, 2022, at Wild Dunes Charleston’s Island Resort, Isle of Palms, S.C., are looking for speakers and shop tour locations. Speaker proposals must be free of commercial content, and conference organizers are especially interested in educational sessions that provide hands-on demonstrations covering topics …

Funk joins Herculite

May 3, 2021

Herculite Products Inc., an innovator and manufacturer of high performance and custom fabrics, has hired Pamela Funk as manager of human resources. Funk brings a wealth of human resource management experience to Herculite. Most recently she served as director of human resources for United Fiber and Data in York. Prior to that, she spent 16 …

MFA Virtual Series delivers connection and education

May 1, 2021

The three-part Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Virtual Series wrapped up successfully in March with each of the two-hour sessions averaging nearly 90 participants from around the U.S., Australia, England, the Netherlands and other countries. “It was great to see the marine industry coming together online during these last few months,” says IFAI Event & Education …

New members join MFA

CYA Canvas LLC Jason Gallowaywww.cyacanvasllc.comWoodbridge, Va. Gloucester Canvas Jarratt Quailwww.gloucestercanvas.comHayes, Va. Hyducks Marine Canvas & UpholsteryJohn Hyduckwww.hyducksmarine.comPhiladelphia, Pa. K1 Marine TrimmingKi-Raphael Sulkowskihttp://k1mt.com.auO’Connor, WA Australia

Award recipients recognized during advocacy summit

April 29, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) hosted its annual advocacy summit, the American Boating Congress (ABC) April 21-22. The two-day virtual event brought together nearly 400 participants and recreational boating advocates, who heard from keynote speakers Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and White House Senior Policy Advisor Cedric Richmond. NMMA presented three awards during the event: …