MFA Virtual Series features free education and networking

December 31st, 2020

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Virtual Series is a free three-part online event occurring Jan. 28, Feb. 18 and March 18. Each two-hour session is focused on bringing the industry together through face-to-face video networking, insightful educational sessions, vendor spotlights, video shop tours, MFA awards presentations, giveaways and more. Discussion topics include how to prepare […]

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U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol welcomes new members

December 29th, 2020

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol has welcomed its first 10 U.S. cotton textile manufacturer members: Buhler Quality YarnsCap YarnsCCWContempora FabricsCotswold Industries Inc.Frontier YarnsHamrick MillsInman MillsParkdale Inc.Swisstex Direct The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol enables mills and manufacturers to prove that they are an approved supply chain partner for brands and retailers who are sourcing more sustainably […]

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IBEX 2021 call for proposals

December 29th, 2020

The IBEX 2021 Call for Proposals is now open, and the annual conference is seeking input from the industry on technical seminars, special sessions and exhibitor-hosted Tech Talks. The deadline for submissions is February 01, 2021. IBEX does not allow product or service promotion in the technical seminars. The IBEX team relies on feedback from […]

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Evolution St. Louis hires Altan

December 28th, 2020

Evolution St. Louis has hired Sevan Altan as its first general manager. Altan brings decades of experience in flatbed knitting, production, design, programming and business development. He will oversee all departments at the company’s high-tech knit manufacturing in St. Louis, Mo. Altan comes from Stoll America, where he managed operation and programming for flatbed knitting. […]

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Sigmatex Carbon Textile Solutions announces new headquarters

December 27th, 2020

Sigmatex Carbon Textile Solutions Inc., a manufacturer of carbon fiber textiles, has announced plans to expand operations in Orangeburg County, S.C. The more than $4.5 million investment will create 50 new jobs. Founded in 1986, Sigmatex develops and manufactures carbon fiber textiles for composite material applications. The company works with clients from a diverse range […]

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Minnesota DNR seeking advisory committee members

December 24th, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking applications from Minnesota residents to serve on the Aquatic Invasive Species Advisory Committee, a 15-member committee established in 2013 by the Minnesota DNR to help guide the agency’s aquatic invasive species prevention and management activities. There are currently three appointments available for new members to serve […]

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Report shows more diverse audience for boating and fishing

December 23rd, 2020

The national research study “Casting a Wide Net: Identifying New Anglers and Boaters and Determining Tactics for Retention” co-sponsored by the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and global market-research firm IPSOS, projects millions of new and returning anglers and boaters thanks to a surge in interest during COVID-19. Key findings from the report include: […]

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Fitesa Simpsonville expands operations

December 22nd, 2020

Fitesa Simpsonville Inc., an innovator in the design and manufacturing of nonwoven fabric solutions, has announced plans to expand operations in Greenville County, S.C. The $100 million investment will create 40 new jobs over the next five years. The expansion is expected to be completed by 2023. Individuals interested in joining the Fitesa team should […]

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Take IFAI’s survey: COVID-19’s Business Impact in 2020

December 22nd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered as one of the most challenging and unprecedented periods ever for the specialty, technical and engineered textile industries. As 2020 comes to a close, Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) would like your help in understanding how businesses in our industries were affected by the events of this year and […]

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October hits record for new powerboat retail sales

December 22nd, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA) reports that October was a historic month for new powerboat retail sales. Data shows new powerboat sales in October were up 18 percent compared to September, and up 30 percent year-over-year (YOY) on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Year-to-date (YTD) through October, more than 291,000 new powerboats were sold, surpassing cumulative […]

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