Special events at IFAI Expo 2012

The IFF Indy

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF), the specialty fabric industry’s nonprofit philanthropic organization, presents its IFF Indy Fundraiser Nov. 6, 2:00–6:00 p.m., held in conjunction with IFAI Expo 2012. Proceeds raised at this event go to support scholarships and industry research. The competition is held on a professional indoor kart racing track—as fast as you dare and as close as you’re willing to drive alongside nine other racers. Indoor kart racing is the experience for those who love challenge and competition.

To register, contact Beth Hungiville at +1 651 225 6952 or blhungiville@ifai.com. You can also download a registration form at www.indfabfnd.com. Join us on the speedway!

History and awning tour

The Professional Awning and Manufacturing Association (PAMA) is sponsoring a History and Awning Tour Nov. 6, just prior to IFAI Expo. This full-day tour will highlight historic sites in Boston, including the Paul Revere House and Fenway Park, and Boston PAMA members will show off awning projects along the route. The tour includes lunch on your own at Quincy Market and an optional dropoff for those who want to participate in the IFF Indy Fundraiser event.

Registration is through PAMA only; the registration form is posted on www.awninginfo.com, or contact Michelle Sahlin, mesahlin@ifai.com, +1 651 225 6948. Deadline to register for the tour is Friday, Oct. 19.

FGA day trip

Kick off your IFAI Expo 100-year anniversary experience on Nov. 6 with a tour of the American Textile History Museum, the Lowell National Historical Park and the historic textile mills of Lowell, Mass. The tour, including “Boston Bingo,” “Textile Trivia” and mill stories, runs from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To register, visit the FSA website or call Linden Wicklund at +1 651 225 6920.

PAMA, IFAI Japan discussion

PAMA members and awning companies are invited to attend the PAMA/IFAI Japan Roundtable Discussion to learn more about markets, energy and business practices. It is scheduled for Nov. 8, 1:30-2:30 p.m., and there is no charge for this educational session. For more information, contact Michelle Sahlin, IFAI Core Markets manager, at +1 651 225 6948, or mesahlin@ifai.com.

FSA celebrates 10 years

Please join us Nov. 8, from 3:30–4:30pm in room 156C of the Boston Convention Center to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Fabric Structures Association (FSA). Milestones of FSA members will be celebrated, and highlights of the association over the last 10 years will be presented. Members and nonmembers who have an interest in the fabric structures industry are invited to attend this unique event.