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 …

Boat manufacturing and access guidelines by state available

April 13, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has compiled two new resources to help the recreational boating industry navigate COVID-19: States’ COVID-19 Manufacturing Guidelines and COVID-19 Impact on Outdoor Recreation Access. As more states issue and revise emergency orders to stop the spread of COVID-19, NMMA is working to help manufacturers nationwide assess and understand the …

Autometrix offers free PPE patterns

April 8, 2020

To help manufacturers in the U.S. and around the world find ways to retool and manufacture PPE to meet the urgent need during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Autometrix Inc., an industrial equipment supplier in Nevada County, Calif., is offering free patterns for personal protective equipment (PPE) it has collected in conjunction with Kaas Tailored, TukaTech, …

NMMA’s COVID-19 webinar available online

April 7, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) hosted a webinar on how the $2 trillion stimulus bill recently signed into law by President Trump will help marine businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Nicole Vasilaros, senior vice president of government and legal affairs at NMMA, and George Cooper, partner at Forbes-Tate Partners, broke down the stimulus bill …

IFAI webinar Thursday: When the Economy Stops: How to Get Back to the Party

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is hosting the webinar “When the Economy Stops: How to Get Back to the Party” on Thursday, April 9, 2020, noon to 1:00 CST. The webinar is free to IFAI members and $39 for non-members. The events of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the global financial crisis all brought the economy …

Urgent need for PPE patterns and specifications

April 6, 2020

As the industry works together to address the vast personal protective equipment (PPE) needs, Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is searching for patterns or specification information fabricators are willing to share with the industry at large. The hope is to publicly post designs for masks and gowns to enable manufacturing by more IFAI members. Some …