Tools, tips and tricks

May 1, 2019

These are submissions to the 2018 and 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest. Tip 1  Use color coding to track job progress I purchase multicolor job folders from our local office supply company and coordinate my Outlook calendar using category colors that correspond with the folders. —Joni Johnstone, Lakeside Marine Canvas Inc. …

Better workforce strategies

March 1, 2019

Picture this: It’s bedtime and children peer into the dark asking the perennial question: Is the boogeyman here? And if so, what are they going to do about it? The boogeyman comes from the 15th-century Middle English word “bogeyman,” which means “frightening specter.” Legend has this ubiquitous creature prowling around at night, snatching up misbehaving …

Clever tips from marine fabricators

These are submissions to the 2018 and 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest. Tip 1 Document your projects with a drone Photo documentation is the most important tool we use to show our work to potential customers on our websites and in promotional documents. But in a tight marina with full slips …

Tips for new employees

January 1, 2019

One of the trickiest things facing the sewing industry is finding qualified workers. Many new employees may be unfamiliar with the basics of sewing machine operation, says Faith Roberts, owner of Banner Canvas in Ham Lake, Minn. During a presentation at IFAI Expo this past October, Roberts pointed out that many young people neither grow …