NMMA spearheads new efforts to combat Asian carp

July 12th

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is redoubling its efforts in the fight against Asian carp infiltrating the Great Lakes – an aquatic invasive species (AIS) that can damage native ecosystems. Last week, NMMA held meetings with Congressional officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regarding the status of the Brandon Road Study,...

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Milliken & Company announces leadership transition

July 11th

Milliken & Company’s board of directors has announced the appointment of Halsey M. Cook Jr. as president and CEO effective September 1, 2018. J. Harold Chandler will return to his role as chair of the board of directors. “The board of directors is confident that Halsey is the right leader for Milliken’s next era,” says...

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Boating industry says it will take a hit from tariffs

July 10th

After a blockbuster year, industry sources say a trade war could put the brakes on the U.S. boating industry. Several boat dealers in Minnesota have already reported higher prices on 2019 orders and wonder if more increases are on the way, according to an article in the Minneapolis StarTribune newspaper. U.S. boat sales were at...

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Geosynthetics Institute webinar calendar for 2018; GMA members get discount

July 9th

July–December 2018 | 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. EDT Duration: 1.5 hours GSI/GMA Members: $200.00 USD per webinar Non-GSI/GMA Members: $250.00 USD per webinar The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) is proud to promote Dr. Robert M. Koerner and the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) education program. Dates of upcoming and future GSI webinars, which are designed to enhance and grow your knowledge of the industry, follow....

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Brenda Hagerty and Porcupine Canvas: sales and customer-focused marketing

July 1st

“Cold calls are a thing of the past,” says Brenda Hagerty, co-owner and president of Porcupine Canvas Manufacturing Ltd. in Boucherville, Quebec, Canada. “Calling someone out of the blue to try to sell them something just doesn’t work in today’s industry. What clients want are our feet on the ground.” Hagerty’s history with Porcupine Canvas...

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Enhancing workplace (and worker) performance: automation and technology, equipment ROI and the new workforce

July 1st

Custom sales specialist Brandon Cossette at T.R.S. Industries Inc., shown welding on a Miller T600 wedge machine, is working on a tarp that will be made out of 18-oz. vinyl from the Seaman Corp. Photo: T.R.S. Industries Inc. Canvas Innovations in Holland, Mich., focuses on custom marine canvas and upholstery products, says owner Chris Ritsema....

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Stressed? Interactive textiles monitor humans and structures for potential damage

July 1st

© Eddie Rodriquez. Photo: Dreamstime.com. During the evening rush-hour traffic, the eight-lane 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis suddenly collapsed on August 1, 2007, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The bridge was a continuous truss design, and an overstressed gusset plate at a critical joint was later determined as the weak...

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Sign language: the fabric sign and banner market is hotter than ever

July 1st

For an exhibit by artist Charles Lindsay, Britten Inc. printed the artist’s images direct to fabric to cover every wall in the exhibit. A white/black/white material was used for this exhibit, both for its bright white color and to eliminate any washout or backlighting. This fabric has a tactile quality that doesn’t cast a glare...

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Whitehouse unveils new Bill to help Rhode Island manufacturers address workforce challenges and support innovation

June 30th

Legislation provides funding for manufacturers to train employees and retain institutional knowledge U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse today joined Congressman David Cicilline and leaders in Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry to unveil new legislation to help manufacturers temporarily retain retiring employees to train a replacement and transfer their institutional knowledge. Whitehouse made the announcement at Cooley Group,...

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Fabricated Geomembrane Institute highlights accomplishments and current activities

June 27th

It has been more than a year since the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) inducted new officers and a new board of directors, which occurred in March 2017 at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geotechnical Frontiers Conference in Orlando, Fla. Officers and directors currently serving include Patrick Elliott,...

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