Trade officials speak at Outlook

July 1st, 2014

More than 100 attendees convened at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., May 4–5 for the annual Outlook Conference. This is the premier leadership forum for the specialty textile industry and is the only conference where technical textile executives and decision makers meet to focus on the industry’s business and economic outlook. It...

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Young professionals group forms

June 1st, 2014

At IFAI’s Specialty Fabrics and Advanced Textiles Expo there will be exciting opportunities for young professionals (under age 40) in the industrial fabrics industry. A sponsored happy hour will give young professionals a chance to gather and network. During Expo, there will be a panel discussion including established professionals, where participants of all ages are...

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Workforce training leads topics at the Capitol

June 1st, 2014

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, (right) was among the officials interested in hearing about the specialty fabrics industry from Martin Whitmer, IFAI Lobbyist (left) and IFAI president Mary Hennessey. IFAI Day on Capitol Hill and federal lobbying event was held in Washington, D.C., April 28–29. The focus of this event was to introduce members of Congress...

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IFF fundraising event

June 1st, 2014

IFF will host a Curling Tournament the afternoon of Oct. 13, in advance of the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo in Minneapolis, Minn. You’re invited to curl with the Four Seasons Curling Club at Fogerty Arena in Minneapolis, where Olympians practice. Learn from the best and enjoy some friendly competition with your...

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TRD Boot Camp held

June 1st, 2014

The Tent Rental Division (TRD) teamed up with the American Rental Association of Massachusetts (ARAM) for a successful day of training for area tent installers April 30. The one-day ”Boot Camp” training session at Encore Party Rentals, Hudson, Mass., was dedicated to educating teams and promoting safety during installations and public usage. Attendees traveled from...

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Award opportunities

June 1st, 2014

IFAI sponsors several awards programs to recognize achievement in the specialty fabrics industry. These programs are open for submissions at this time: The International Achievement Awards, showcases design excellence and technical skills in specialty fabrics. The deadline is June 30. The MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards recognize excellence in marine fabrication. The deadline is Sept. 30....

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TA exhibits at trucking show

June 1st, 2014

The Tarp Association (TA) teamed up with Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) to create a membership directory for distribution at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in March. The main goal for this event was to connect fleet owners, truck drivers and other truck industry professionals with TA and NFI members supplying tarps and narrow fabric goods....

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IFAI Canada Expo held in Toronto

May 1st, 2014

More than 240 industry professionals braved challenging winter weather to attend the 2014 IFAI Canada Expo at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel March 13–14. Educational sessions received high remarks and included Tent Installation, Anchoring Clinic, Sewing Workshop and a business track. Thirty companies exhibited on the show floor. During the Annual Meeting the Honours Awards...

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Tent Conference well attended

April 1st, 2014

Approximately 95 industry professionals gathered on the famed Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, for conference sessions, exhibits and networking at Tent Conference 2014, an annual event of the Tent Rental Division (TRD) of IFAI. At the 2014 annual business meeting, board chair Dan Nolan of Tents Unlimited addressed the membership on the division’s accomplishments in...

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Marine fabrication awards announced

April 1st, 2014

Winners of the 2014 Fabrication Excellence Awards were announced at the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) National Convention, recognizing achievement in the following categories: Dodgers, Dodgers with Extensions, Marine Miscellaneous, Marine Exterior Upholstery, Marine Interior Upholstery, Ridged Enclosures, Soft Enclosures, Tops & Enclosures 29 feet & Under, Tops & Enclosures over 30 feet, Tops and Travel/...

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