Spradling International awarded contract from American Boatbuilders Association

June 18, 2020

Spradling International, a supplier of soft-surface products to the marine and RV industries, announced that the American Boatbuilders Association Inc. (ABA), a leading buying groups for independent builders, has awarded Spradling the Preferred ABA Supplier of Choice contract for upholstery vinyl and related products. The renewed agreement extends from July 1, 2020 through June 30, …

Top Value Fabrics rebrands as TVF

June 11, 2020

Top Value Fabrics, an employee-owned, international supplier of industrial, print media, apparel, and home décor fabric founded in 1974, is rebranding itself as TVF. With the new name comes a new logo and visual recognition for the company. The mark of interwoven threads represents fabric and how products and services weave together to help TVF …

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 …

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 …

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

April 7, 2020

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 …

Florida Keys shut down due to coronavirus

March 23, 2020

The Florida Keys are closed to visitors, including all hotels and other lodging establishments. Officials from Monroe County, which encompasses most of the archipelago off the southern coast of Florida, posted a statement on the county’s website that said the Keys would be “closed to all tourists and leisure visitors, lodging establishment are no longer …

Miami-Dade mayor orders boat ramps and marinas closed amid coronavirus

The Miami Herald is reporting that the mayor of Miami-Dade County has announced the closure of all marinas and boat ramps in the county, citing large gatherings of boaters on the water amid the coronavirus pandemic. Palm Beach County officials also banned recreational boating activities indefinitely, citing parties and other large gatherings on the water. …

IFAI president responds to Coronavirus, adjusts upcoming events

March 17, 2020

As concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, I want all IFAI members to know we are closely monitoring developments and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We will follow their recommendations to keep our employees, their families and our members healthy and safe. With this in …

NMMA cancels Northwest Sportshow

March 16, 2020

Following Minnesota Governor Tim Walz’s decision to call for a moratorium on events with more than 250 people, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has canceled the Progressive® Insurance Northwest Sportshow® in Minneapolis, Minn., on April 2-5, 2020. “While we remained hopeful that the show would proceed amid the evolving coronavirus situation, we agree with …