Shading for land or sea

October 1st

Whether on land or at sea, Marine Tech caters to the SuperYacht market as well as the shading industry. Photo: Marine Tech. Sandy Sturner is the managing director of Marine Tech LLC, a St. Thomas, Virgin Islands-based sail and canvas shop that thrives on challenging and unusual projects. Established in 1999, Marine Tech focuses during...

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Blair Belluomo brings a strong and appreciative management style to the family business

September 1st

Photography by Marvin Shaouni I went to school with many kids whose parents had businesses, and they thought that just because their parents ran a successful business, they could just step in and be successful as well,” says Blair Belluomo, owner and president of Belle Isle Awning in Roseville, Mich. “So many of them failed because...

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Test of time

September 1st

Owner of Jefferson Tent & Awning Co.IFAI member since 1985 Bea Heinz, owner of Jefferson Tent & Awning Co., St. Louis, Mo., has a bit of experience in the custom canvas industry—51 years to be exact. Established in 1911, the majority of Jefferson Tent & Awning’s business consists of the custom manufacture of commercial and...

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Providing “shady deals” since 1972

August 1st

The House of Canvas manufactures and installs residential and commercial window awnings, patio awnings, shade screens, roll curtains and retractable awnings. Photo: The House of Canvas Inc. Debbie Lacy, general manager of The House of Canvas Inc., Glendale, Ariz., takes pride in her family owned and operated custom awning business. From residential and commercial window...

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Who’ll mind the store?

July 29th

Internship programs are an untapped resource for finding the next generation of leaders for specialty fabrics businesses. After decades of building businesses within the textile industry, entrepreneurial baby boomers are entering a new phase of life. As CEOs, business owners and managers consider transitioning out of their leadership positions, they’re dealing with a lot of...

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Tips for building a strong management team

July 14th

Training staff to be empowered, involved and empathetic means success in the present and in the future. Although it was years away—10 to be exact—from when Jerry Grimaud, president of Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc., St. Louis, Mo., became the company’s sole owner in 2005, he didn’t waste any time considering an exit plan....

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Foundations built to last

June 29th

A pioneer in the flooring trade, NC Carpet Binding & Equipment manufactures carpet equipment, offers 1,200 USA-made edgings and provides 24-hour repair service. Photo: NC Carpet Binding & Equipment Corp. Mal Maher is the CEO of NC Carpet Binding & Equipment Corp., a Newark, N.J.-based company that manufactures machinery and offers supplies for the flooring...

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A succession solution

June 29th

How to determine if an employee stock ownership plan is right for your company. An exit plan is generally not at the forefront of a company owner’s mind, especially at the height of career success, but it’s no less important than any other business strategy. When the time comes to step down, a comprehensive exit...

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Tents, trends and technology

June 1st

Photography by Grant Dotson From RFID to GPS, Mike Holland uses all the newest tools to keep Chattanooga Tent Co. at the leading edge. “We embrace technology here,” says Mike Holland, president of Chattanooga Tent Co., Chattanooga, Tenn. “Especially when it comes to material handling, we’re always looking for anything that can help us work...

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Stretching tent technology

June 1st

Available in a host of colors, stretch tents can be rigged swiftly and securely in practically any space and on almost any incline. Photo: Swift Tents Anton van Druten’s knowledge of the stretch tent industry spans the globe, literally. As owner of Swift Tents, a Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada-based business that specializes in the installation...

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