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  • GMA gears up for Lobby Days

    Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) members are preparing to attend the 2015 Spring Capitol Hill Lobby Days April 21–22 in Washington, D.C.

    They plan to thank Congress members for their support and passage into law of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA); highlight life cycle costs and benefits of incorporating innovative materials in pavements and other...

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  • NECPA holds annual meeting

    The North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA) Annual Meeting and Expo was held Jan. 22–24 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass.

    It began with a segment on shop process management and organization with an open discussion panel. Educational sessions included simultaneous marine and awning tracks, followed by a combined track on shade sails. The conference also...

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  • MFA National Convention highlights

    Held in Oakland, Calif., the 2015 MFA convention took place Jan. 16–18 at the Oakland Marriott City Center with 52 fabricators and 68 suppliers in attendance.

    Highlights of the conference included a ’60s-themed opening reception, a business seminar by Las Vegas, Nev.-based consulting firm Action Coach, hands-on seminars, round table discussions, 27 exhibitors and two shop...

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  • MFC certifications awarded

    Dave Elliot of David’s Custom Trimmers, Queensland, Australia, and Neil Hancock of Aussie Boat Covers (Vic) Pty. Ltd., Victoria, Australia, recently achieved certification as a Master Fabric Craftsperson.

    This certification signifies superior knowledge of the principles and practices of marine exterior design, fabrication, installation, material selection, basic features of a...

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  • Geosynthetics 2015 ‘best in 10 years’

    The Industrial Fabrics Association International hosted the Geosynthetics 2015 conference, which co-located with the International Erosion Control Association’s Environmental Connection Conference, February 15-18, 2015 in Portland, Ore. This biennial event explored advances and innovations shaping civil, geotechnical, and geo-environmental communities.

    The combined conferences...

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  • The IFAI Marketplace

    Many manufacturers call IFAI’s InfoCentral referral program throughout the year looking for suppliers. IFAI member companies are a part of this program and receive relevant, active sales leads as a standard benefit of membership. There are hundreds of diverse industry codes in InfoCentral describing products and services. If you are an IFAI member, contact Janet Atz at +1 651 225 6982 or...

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  • NFI market report now available

    Members of the Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) recently received an in-depth market research report titled “The Overview of the Narrow Fabrics North American Market.” This report was commissioned by the division on behalf of its membership and is also available for purchase in the IFAI Bookstore. The report includes methodology...

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  • Glen Raven Remembers Allen Swers

    Allen Swers, a furniture industry leader who first championed the Sunbrella® brand as a casual-furniture fabric more than 30 years ago, died this week, having created a legacy of innovative thinking and perseverance that helped to revolutionize the Sunbrella brand and the entire outdoor products industry.

    “Allen was pivotal in the history of Glen Raven and the progress of an...

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  • Former IFAI Board Member passes away

    Eugene “Pete” McConnell, age 87, of Columbus, Ohio, passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. McConnell served two three-year terms as an Active Director (from 1983 - 1989) on IFAI’s Board of Directors.

    McConnell was owner/president of Capital City Awning in Columbus, Ohio for more than 45 years. Capital City Awning has been an IFAI member since 1967.

    Complete ...

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  • GMA Fall Lobby Day

    More than 30 members of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) participated in GMA’s Fall Lobby Day, held Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C. GMA’s lobbying firm, Whitmer & Worrall, organized 28 meetings with Congress representatives who were instrumental in supporting the first-ever geosynthetics language in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which passed...

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  • IFAI forms Military division

    IFAI is pleased to introduce a new division representing members supplying fabrics and fabric products to the U.S. military. The division supports the longevity and specialization of IFAI members with a military focus, offering opportunities for both manufacturers and suppliers of gear, uniforms, aid products, and other personal and on-site military equipment.

    New educational...

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  • Leadership announcements

    IFAI, acting to fill a newly vacant position, elected one new director to its board. The board welcomed Craig Zola, vice president of marketing and distribution for Herculite Products Inc. in Emigsville, Pennsylvania, to his first three-year term. Mike Erickson, president of Canvas Designers Inc. in Riviera Beach, Florida, ended his second three-year term. His service is greatly appreciated...

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  • Honored Life Member Awards

    Honored Life Membership awards were presented at the IFAI Expo 2014 opening reception and awards ceremony, where Pat Hayes, CPP, former IFAI board member and Honored Life Member, announced the four industry leaders to be recognized this year.

    Sy Hyman is the founder of Herculite Products Inc., Emigsville, Pa. His vision and determination allowed the company to stay one step ahead in...

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  • IFAI publications take top honors at MMPA award ceremony

    IFAI publications were among the most honored at the 18th annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association Excellence Awards ceremony, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in Minneapolis, Minn.

    The Excellence Awards competition was created to recognize and foster outstanding publishing achievement. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges selected and assigned based on their expertise,...

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  • Industrial Fabrics Foundation announces student scholarship winners

    The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) student scholarship award winners for 2014 were recently announced at Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo in Minneapolis, Minn.

    The scholarship awards provide tuition expenses at an accredited college, university or technical school for students interested in a career in the specialty fabrics or advanced textiles industries. The...

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  • Industrial Fabrics Foundation announces Innovation Award Recipient

    (St. Paul, Minn. – Nov. 13, 2014) - The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) recently announced the recipient of the 2014 IFF Innovation Award. Foundation representatives announced the innovation award during Specialty Fabrics Expo 2014 and Advanced Textiles Expo, October 7 –...

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  • IFAI announces 2014 ShowStoppers awards

    St. Paul, Minn. – October 31, 2014 - The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces the 2014 ShowStoppers awards for the best new products and services at the 2014 Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

    The annual event had a record number of entries with 130 participants vying for a chance...

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  • IFAI Expo wraps up a successful show

    St. Paul, Minn. - October 29, 2014 - The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) international textile trade event, Specialty Fabrics Expo 2014 and Advanced Textiles Expo, took place Oct. 14-16, 2014, in Minneapolis, Minn.

    The annual event, in its 102nd year, is the largest annual display of specialty fabrics and technical textiles in the Americas. The show floor buzzed...

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  • IFAI Announces 2014 International Achievement Award Winners

    The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces the 2014 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and the Advanced Textiles Expo, the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, held this year at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more than six...

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  • LIVE updates from IFAI Expo 2014

    This year at Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo, IFAI will have LIVE coverage of the show's events, programs, exhibitors and more. Attendees and exhibitors can follow along for the latest announcements, event updates and news.

    Couldn't make it this year? Don't worry, follow the LIVE news feed and you will feel like you are in the middle of the Expo action.

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  • Congressman Keith Ellison to open IFAI Expo

    Event at Minneapolis Convention Center to draw representative, staffers

    (St. Paul, Minn. – October 9, 2014) On October 14, 2014, Congressman Keith Ellison will join hundreds of companies in the industrial fabrics marketplace converging on Minneapolis to mark the opening of IFAI’s Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The...

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  • Scholarship winners announced

    Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) 2014 scholarship winners have been announced. Selections are made on the basis of academic achievement, community service and interest in a future career in the specialty fabrics industry. The recipients are:

    Advanced Textile Products (ATP) Member
    Scholarship: Jennies Thurston, Central Michigan University.

    Don Williams IFF Student...

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  • IFAI Announces Extreme Sports Display at Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo 2014

    (Minneapolis, Minn. – Sept 25, 2014) The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces its international trade event, Specialty Fabrics Expo 2014 and Advanced Textiles Expo, will include a first-ever extreme sports display at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Oct. 14-16, 2014. The display will highlight specialty and technical fabrics and how they contribute to the...

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  • Register for Tent Expo 2015

    The 2015 IFAI Tent Expo will be held Jan. 28–30 at the Renaissance SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. Dedicated to the education and safety of the tent rental industry, it will provide innovative business solutions for tent rental challenges through installation demonstrations, networking opportunities, education sessions and exhibits that include end products, equipment, components and services....

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  • Expo’s super event

    Cap off a successful day with an opportunity for networking, industry insight and fun. The newly combined Opening Reception & Awards super event Tuesday, Oct. 14 from 5-7 p.m. will feature hors d’oeuvres, beverages, entertainment, industry recognition and more. The International Achievement Awards, Innovation Award, Honored Lifetime Member announcements and ShowStoppers will all be...

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