Mix and match fabrics

May 1, 2016

Phifer Inc. has expanded its line of indoor and outdoor furniture fabrics to include an additional 30 cushion and sling fabrics. This new collection features styles in bold, rich and fresh tones as well as soothing neutrals that mix and match for a host of color-coordinated options. GeoBella® cushion and pillow fabrics are made of …

Asking competitors for help

Concerned you’ll lose customers if you ask competitors for help? Not to worry. For many people, asking for help is an acquired skill. Faith Roberts, owner of Banner Canvas, Ham Lake, Minn., knows this first hand. Her customer wanted a wakeboard tower covered. No problem, said Roberts. Then reality set in. “I kept telling myself …

The 2016 State of the Industry

Positive outlook projected for marine businesses. Six years after the world economy emerged from the Great Recession of 2009, a return to a strong global expansion remains elusive. The downside risks to the world economy appeared more noticeable than ever in 2015. Economic growth has improved in the advanced economies—the United States, Japan and Europe. …

Amending tax returns and other changes that can benefit your business

Every marine fabrication business faces an increasing amount of red tape in the form of rules, regulations, fees and taxes. At the same time enforcement on every level is becoming more aggressive and issue-focused—with even more costly results. Experienced fabricators know that tax mistakes are sometimes inevitable. Fortunately, a combination of unique tax write-offs and …

No election blues here

If you are a regular reader of Marine Fabricator, you have probably noticed that Jim Tarbox’s photo is missing from this page—either that or he has drastically changed his look. Jim hasn’t changed his look, but he has stepped down as editor of this publication, and I’m taking over his duties. I will be the …

Mildew and Stain Fighter

Eliminate mold, mildew, leaf stain, tree sap, bird droppings, grease, oil and tough dirt from every fabric surface with Iosso’s Mold & Mildew Stain Remover. Apply the solution to soiled areas to quickly remove stains from tents, awnings, signs, yurts, boat covers, boat seats, carpets and more. Safe on solution-dyed acrylics, such as Sunbrella®, vinyl …

Fabric on the frontier

Alaska’s extreme climate demands attention to detail and creative problem solving. “The remote area where we work can be a challenge so we have to be flexible and willing to do lots of different things,” say Eric Walton, MFC, and Devlin McKee, CC, owners of Custom Canvas Alaska (CCA) in Fairbanks, Alaska. “People come to …

Durable water repellence

Sciessent, a provider of antimicrobial and odor absorption solutions for the textile and apparel industries, now offers Curb™, a fluorocarbon-free durable water repellent (DWR) fabric finish. Able to provide enhanced, breathable protection from rain and moisture, Curb delivers the same water repellent performance as existing technologies without the use of harmful fluorocarbons. The fabric finish …

Camouflage boat covers

Aquatime Camoflage fabric is water repellent, color fast and on trend. Intended for boat covers and other maritime applications, the fabric features durability, UV protection and pattern clarity.

Rocking the boat

Bold colors and new flooring alternatives are making waves in marine fabric. Greek philosopher Heraclitus said change is the only constant in the universe. While the application of marine textiles may not be as heady of a topic, it nonetheless abides by the same rule. Progress is impossible without change, and marine fabrics are making …