Memoriam: Michael Funk

May 18th

Michael Funk, of Montgomery, Ill., died unexpectedly from heart failure on May 14, 2016, at Rush Copley Medical Center. He worked for Glen Raven/Sunbrella in sales for the last 30 years. Michael is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Patti, his daughter Jennifer (fiancé Kristoffer Hinchley), his brothers David (Karen) Funk and James...

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IFAI announces 2015 IAA winners

October 8th

Dunn Arquitectura Ligera S.A. de C.V. won the Award of Excellence in the “Shade Sails” category of the 2015 International Achievement Awards for its shade installation at a private school in Mexico. All winners are featured on the IFAI website. Photo: Dunn Arquitectura Ligera S.A. de C.V. Winners of the 2015 International Achievement Awards (IAA)...

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In memoriam: Clyde Grambsch

September 15th

Clyde Grambsch, pop-up manufacturing pioneer and founder of Canvas Replacements, Loyal, Wis., has passed away. In 1957 Grambsch started EZ-Kamper after developing one of the first modern pop-up camping trailers in America. His impact on the RV industry led to his induction into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., where his original prototype...

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BondCote hires Doherty

August 28th

James Doherty has joined BondCote Corp., a Heytex Group company based in Pulaski, Va., as southwest regional sales manager, bringing 10 years of experience in the industrial textile industry. Doherty has a background in product development, working with global customers and markets to develop new products. BondCote manufactures coated, laminated and composite fabrics for the...

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Abdelhak, Czerniakowski join Roland DGA

August 27th

Roland DGA Corp., an Irvine, Calif.-based manufacturer of advanced wide-format digital printing equipment, has hired Ralph Abdelhak as director of product management, and Mark Czerniakowski as regional sales manager. With more than 18 years of product marketing and management experience, Abdelhak recently worked as a professional marketing consultant and will oversee all of Roland DGA’s...

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Former IFAI Board Chairman and Honored Life Member Don Williams dies at 74

June 15th

Don Williams, southwest sales representative for BondCote Corp., passed away on Tuesday, June 9, at his home in Amarillo, Texas. He was 74. Williams served on the Industrial Fabrics Association International board of directors from 1985–2001 and as chairman of the board from 1997–1999. An IFAI Honored Life Member and a certified Master Fabric Craftsman,...

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In memoriam: Jean Lineberger

May 27th

Jean Lineberger, general manager of Cramerton, N.C.-based Brawer Technical Yarns, a division of Brawer Bros. Inc., passed away on May 27 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Lineberger was a dedicated member of the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and an incredible contributor to advocacy work on behalf of the U.S. industrial fabrics...

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Rainier awarded Manufacturer of the Year

May 14th

Seattle Business magazine honored Rainier Industries of Tukwila, Wa., with the silver award for Manufacturer of the Year in the large firms category at the Washington Manufacturing Awards gala on April 29, 2015. The annual event brought together 300 leaders from Washington state. The Manufacturing Company of the Year Award is based on company performance...

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MFA member Don Racine dies at 61

April 21st

Don Racine, a longtime Marine Fabricators Association member and supporter, died on April 18 as the result of a heart attack. He was 61. Racine was a frequent presenter at MFA conventions, workshops and IFAI Expo. He was also a regular featured author of instructional techniques in Marine Fabricator magazine and was a past winner...

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MFC certifications awarded

March 3rd

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 boat and project management skills....

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