Modern technology can prevent targeted cyberattacks

January 1, 2017  |  In the Shop, Management, Resources

Modern, targeted cyberattacks can take any organization by surprise. And these targeted cyberattacks are increasingly widespread. CBS Money Watch reported in June 2015 that more than 80 percent of U.S. companies have been successfully hacked, according to a Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Busine…
Constructing snow flies for the Alaskan climate

January 1, 2017  |  How-To Articles, In the Shop, Projects, Resources

Our winters in Fairbanks, Alaska, can be cold or very cold with lots of snow or little snow; it all depends. One condition we don’t see often is wind. In my 26 years of living here, I can remember only one time when the wind blew and the snow flew. Most of our snow falls … <div><a href="htt…
The art of choosing a digital marketing partner

September 1, 2016  |  In the Shop, Resources

Asking the right questions before choosing a digital marketing partner can save you time and money. There was a time when digital marketing could casually be left to employees who were interested in dabbling in online options. Now, however, digital marketing has grown up. Every business needs a plan…
Credit: Almost a four-letter word

September 1, 2015  |  Feature, In the Shop, Management, Resources

Fabricators take a dim view of extending credit to customers… sort of. On the surface, it sure seems like a slam-dunk decision for a marine fabrication shop to not extend credit. “Let’s see, when you write off thousands and thousands of dollars—maybe even $100,000 over the 30-year life o…
What ‘slow season’?

September 1, 2015  |  Feature, In the Shop, Management, Resources

Indoor work, alternative income streams help fabricators get through the off-season. Boating in many locations is seasonal, but the need for income is constant. How do marine fabricators handle that conundrum? A variety of strategies offer ways that canvas shops can use to get ready for seasonal slo…
Shop Talk: Shyn Fabrication LLC

September 1, 2015  |  In the Shop, Resources

How did you get started? My mother put me in every art class imaginable. In high school I learned correspondence pattern design on my own, which led to a degree in fashion design. I worked for a costume designer and also did custom clothing sewing jobs from home. After six months on a 30-foot live-a…
Machine head

July 1, 2015  |  Feature, In the Shop, Resources

Faith Roberts’ Banner Canvas is a virtual museum of the history of industrial canvas sewing. By Jim Tarbox A first-time visitor to Faith Roberts’ Banner Canvas shop in Ham Lake, Minn. (just north of Minneapolis), might be excused for taking an initial look around and being amazed at the arra…
Shop safety checklist

July 1, 2015  |  In the Shop, Management, News, Resources

Shop operators should consider these items: Automated external defibrillator Proper workspace ventilation for paints, solvents and other chemicals Respiratory protection Eye protection Gloves Operating fire extinguishers Shop evacuation plan and procedures Find more on shop safety with “Better…