Morbern named best managed company

May 1, 2020

Morbern, manufacturer of vinyl upholstery for the marine, automotive, RV and commercial interiors markets, has been named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies 2020. Morbern was one of only 30 Canadian companies to receive the designation, and this is the first time the company has been selected. Now in its 27th year, Canada’s Best Managed …

New members join MFA

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) provides resources and programs for marine fabricators and establishes standards of excellence for business practices, products and craftsmanship. The MFA is a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Join the only trade association today that represents the entire specialty fabrics and advanced textiles industry in the world. To …

Trump administration to begin reopening national parks

April 29, 2020

President Trump announced that his administration would begin to reopen national parks as states relax COVID-19 related restrictions. The National Park Service (NPS) has closed many public lands and waters across the country to lessen the spread of the virus. Details regarding plans for reopening specific parks will be provided in the coming days following …

Michigan lifts restrictions on motorized boating

April 27, 2020

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed new executive order 2020-59, which extends her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order through May 15. The new order also removes some restrictions on outdoor activities like motorized boating. Leading up to the decision, the National Marine Manufacturers Association worked with members of Michigan’s congressional delegation, along with state level officials, …

Miami-Dade county has phased plan to reopen public boat ramps and marinas

April 23, 2020

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced a three-phase plan for reopening the county’s recreation spaces, including public boat ramps and marinas. While an exact date is yet to be determined, phase one will begin with limited access to green spaces and waterways, among other areas. Boating will be allowed from public marinas. Boat ramps will …

Call for 2021 MFA Conference speakers

April 22, 2020

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) is looking for speakers for its 2021 MFA Conference being held Jan. 7-9, 2021, in New Orleans, La. Speakers share their expertise with industry colleagues and receive a complimentary registration to the conference. Proposals must be free of commercial content and will be reviewed by the 2021 MFA Conference committee …

Study shows boating and fishing provide respite during COVID-19

Left Brain Marketing recently released a new study titled, The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Anticipated Boating and Fishing Activity in 2020. The survey was conducted between March 22–31 and received 150 responses from boaters across the country. While the COVID-19 crisis will curtail boating for some, many boaters intend to remain active. The …

Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut reopen marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers for personal use

April 20, 2020

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont recently announced marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers will be allowed to open for personal use as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed. Chartered watercraft services or rentals will not be allowed, and restaurant activity at …

Boating advocacy group unveils new website

April 16, 2020

Boating United, a grassroots advocacy community of boating businesses and supporters working to shape policies that affect boating, angling and outdoor recreation, has a new website. The new Boating United website, which is also home to the group’s legislative action arm, BoatPAC, has been transitioned to a more robust platform called SparkInfluence to allow for …

Healthcare Cleaner Compatibility List available on Serge Ferrari textiles

April 15, 2020

Serge Ferrari, manufacturer of technical and performance flexible composite materials, has tested its silicone coated fabrics, Stamskin® One and Stamoid® Smart, against the most common and aggressive cleaners used in North American hospitals and healthcare facilities with excellent results, thus enabling the company to contribute in answering the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Serge Ferrari is …