Study shows $10.5 billion impact from recreational fishing

June 17, 2020

The National Marine Fisheries Service, an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration within the Department of Commerce, also called the NOAA Fisheries, confirms marine recreational fishing is a far greater economic force in the United States than previous evaluations had indicated. In its report, 2017 Economic Contribution of Marine Angler Expenditures on Fishing …

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 …

Report results: March retail sales, shipments and production amid COVID-19

May 14, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) March 2020 New Powerboat Registration Report and Monthly Shipment Report, as well as the quarterly Forecast on U.S. Boat Building Production from ITR Economics, are now available and illustrate how the recreational boating industry was impacted at the start of the COVID-19 public health crisis. While data shows solid …

Tools, tips and tricks

May 1, 2020

These are submissions to the 2020 Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest and Marine Fabricator magazine.  Tip 1  Mini fabric table saw Here’s a slightly dangerous, but effective little tip. Hammer a nice, sharp razor blade at a 45-degree angle into your cutting table. Keep the fabric flat and push or pull it …

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 …

Application process for Paycheck Protection Program opens Friday

April 1, 2020

Starting Friday, April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – an initiative that was included in the $2 trillion economic relief bill signed by President Trump last week, which authorizes nearly $350 billion in forgivable loans to businesses to pay up to eight weeks …

Facebook, others launch grant programs for small businesses

Facebook announced a $100 million program to help small businesses affected by coronavirus. The grants will be available for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries. Facebook said it will be accepting applications in the coming weeks. The company said the program can help businesses with rent, operational costs, maintaining workforce and …

Friday webinar on how federal stimulus package helps boating industry businesses

March 31, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) will present a webinar on Friday, April 3, about how the $2 trillion stimulus bill recently signed into law by President Trump will help marine businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to register now. The event will feature presentations from Nicole Vasilaros, senior vice president of government and …

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 …

Inhibiting microbes with topcoat technology

February 11, 2020

When compounded performance additives in vinyl aren’t enough, antimicrobial lacquers and topcoats offer extra protection. By Hugh Barrett Microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, can live on a surface for months. Manufacturers of flexible vinyl, films, fabrics and textiles use engineered antimicrobial (AM) lacquers and barrier topcoats to offer an extra level of protection against …