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 …

Steve Szenay appointed Serge Ferrari technical support manager

January 13, 2020

Serge Ferrari announced that Steve Szenay has been promoted to Technical Support Manager for North America. Szenay will be responsible for disseminating technical information for all Serge Ferrari products sold in the United States and Canada, including product use, fabrication best- practices, maintenance and claim evaluation. In this newly created position, Szenay will be the …

Glen Raven announces new chief marketing officer

August 13, 2019

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, makers of Sunbrella®, announced the hiring of Steve Pawl as its first chief marketing officer. Pawl has a track record of developing growth strategies and strengthening brands for global companies including Husqvarna Group, Fruit of the Loom, Newell Brands and Pfizer. He will direct the global brand strategy, positioning and activation …

ASA names new president

January 1, 2018

The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) board of directors announced that Glenn Hughes, ASA’s vice president for industry relations, has been hired to take on the role of president beginning April 1, 2018.

IFAI President and CEO to retire

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) president and CEO, Mary Hennessy, will retire on June 1, 2018. The IFAI Board of Directors has begun a search for her replacement and plans to name the person by May 1, 2018. Hennessy was named president in June 2012 after serving in the interim role for eight months. …

IFAI names new board chair

Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC, Glen Raven’s distribution and marketing services subsidiary in Glen Raven, N.C., has been named IFAI’s 52nd chairman of the board. Ellington has served on IFAI’s board of directors since the late 1990s. Ellington says he is planning to continue the momentum toward growth and relevance that the board has …

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI president, dies

October 26, 2017

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI board member and president, died October 8th. He served on the IFAI Board of Directors from 1977 to 1989, and as IFAI president (a position now called chairman) from 1985 to 1987. He was involved with the IFAI Awning Division, now called the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association. His obituary appeared in …

Sand Sea and Air accepting supply donations for Puerto Rico

October 4, 2017

Terri Madden, the owner of Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc., located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a regular contributor to Marine Fabricator magazine, recently contacted IFAI to provide an update of the situation facing her business as well as many others on the hurricane-ravaged island. “I am more fortunate than most,” Madden says. …

Fil-Tec hires new sales rep

September 1, 2017

Fil-Tec Inc., Hagerstown, Md., a leading industrial thread manufacturer, announced that Tom Koster is joining its sales team as senior sales representative for the Midwest region. He will handle sales and service as well as new account development. Koster has more than 36 years of experience in sales and management.

In memoriam: Don Wedge

July 1, 2017

Don Wedge, former owner of the Marine Canvas Training Institute in Palmetto, Fla, passed away peacefully on April 3. Wedge was born on December 27, 1929, in Chardon, Ohio. He helped launch the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) and IFAI’s Master Fabric Craftsman (MFC) certification program. Wedge was well known for his training school, instructional videos …