NECPA: A century of survival

July 1st, 2020

Lessons from three canvas companies that have survived for a century and continue to thrive. By Cathy Broberg In January 2020, the North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA), a trade organization for the canvas and outdoor fabric industry, marked its 100th anniversary. Members celebrated at its annual conference with a gala and by touring a […]

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Marine industry copes with coronavirus

May 1st, 2020

Many marine fabricators have pivoted to making personal protective equipment (PPE). These photos show some of the PPE products made by Jeff Newkirk, MFC, Precision Custom Canvas Inc. Along with disinfecting, employee social distancing and observing shelter-in-place orders, many marine companies are responding to the coronavirus pandemic by shifting production from boat covers to face […]

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Effects of $2 trillion stimulus plan on marine industry

March 26th, 2020

With the U.S. Senate passing the nearly $2 trillion economic relief package and the U.S. House of Representatives expected to follow suit, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has compiled a breakdown of provisions in the legislation, formally known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and how they might affect the […]

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FDA continues to facilitate access to crucial medical products

March 23rd, 2020

On March 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took significant action to help increase the availability of ventilators and accessories, as well as other respiratory devices, during the COVID-19 pandemic to support patients with respiratory failure or difficulty breathing. “The FDA’s new actions will mean America can make more ventilators during this crisis,” said Health and […]

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IFAI president responds to Coronavirus, adjusts upcoming events

March 17th, 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 […]

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IFAI update on Covid-19/Coronavirus preparedness from Geosynthetics Conference 2020: Case Studies

March 6th, 2020

We understand concerns about COVID-19/Coronavirus are top of mind, and we want to be as transparent as possible and share information about what we are doing to prepare for the Geosynthetics Conference: CASE STUDIES 2020 in North Charleston, SC USA. Many of our exhibitors will be onsite soon to setup for the show, and we […]

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NMMA U.S. boat shows to take place, coronavirus situation being closely monitored

March 5th, 2020

National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) President, Frank Hugelmeyer, issued a memo to all members of the association regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the communication, NMMA is currently proceeding with all upcoming shows and events as scheduled. Full memo: "NMMA, like the general public, is closely monitoring the impact that the coronavirus outbreak is having […]

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