Robert Motis joins EC Applications

August 25th, 2020

EC Applications (ECA), an Anaheim, Calif., based geosynthetics installer, has announced that Robert (Bob) Motis has accepted the newly created position of vice president–construction. Motis will provide key leadership to the EC Applications Construction Group with a focus on leadership development/professional growth, construction operations oversight and consistent delivery of operational excellence. Motis joins ECA with […]

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Longtime IFAI member Chuck Dill dies

May 19th, 2020

Charles R. “Chuck” Dill, owner of BH Awning & Tent, Benton Harbor, Mich., died March 26. Dill, 80, had been a member of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) since 1971. He was member of IFAI’s Professional Awning Manufacturers Association and the Canvas Products Association, Zone 7. His obituary is available online at

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Seaman Corp. names Jeff Swartz chief executive officer

April 21st, 2020

Jeff Swartz Seaman Corporation, a family-owned business headquartered in Wooster, Ohio, has announced that its board of directors has selected Jeff Swartz as its new chief executive officer. Swartz will replace John Crum, who is retiring after 18 years at Seaman, including the last five as CEO. Swartz is a veteran of the building products […]

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IFAI announces hiring of Fred Chuck as GMA executive director

April 17th, 2020

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the hiring of Fred Chuck as the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) executive director. He brings more than 38 years of geosynthetics industry experience along with him to IFAI. Fred Chuck Throughout the past two decades, Chuck has served in multiple roles at different companies within the geosynthetics industry as well as time […]

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Tim Bauters dies while snowboarding

February 20th, 2020

Geosynthetics engineer Tim Bauters passed away while snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows ski resort in Oregon. The cause of death was not immediately known. Bauters was 47. Bauters served as director of engineering at Slurry Waste Solutions in California. After earning his PhD in soil and water engineering at Cornell University, the Belgium native began […]

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Ehmke Chief Operating Officer and part owner Samuel Stokes retires

February 20th, 2020

Ehmke Manufacturing Company Inc. (Philadelphia, Pa.) has announced that on March 2, 2020, Samuel “Cliff” Stokes will retire, after 33 years of dedicated service to the company. Stokes leaves the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and part owner at Ehmke. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master Fabrics […]

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Industry veteran Steve Toth retires

January 22nd, 2020

After 36 years in the textile industry Steve Toth will be retiring from his position at Ennis Fabrics as regional sales manager, specialty division. Over his career, Toth has served on the board for numerous industry associations. Currently, Toth is a director on IFAI’s PAMA board. “From the beginning, Steve’s customer service philosophy and values […]

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Steve Szenay appointed Serge Ferrari technical support manager

January 13th, 2020

Serge Ferrari announced that Steve Szenay has been promoted to Technical Support Manager for North America. Szenay will be responsible for disseminating technical information for all Serge Ferrari products sold in the United States and Canada, including product use, fabrication best- practices, maintenance and claim evaluation. In this newly created position, Szenay will be the […]

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Dr. Ian D. Peggs retires

January 8th, 2020

After 40-plus years of geosynthetic materials performance consulting work, Dr. Ian D. Peggs has made the strategic decision to close I-CORP INTERNATIONAL for the foreseeable future and to retire. Dr. Peggs will continue his own research and development and technical support projects. Dr. Peggs was awarded an honorary membership in the International Geosynthetics Society at […]

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Geosynthetics pioneer Robert M. Koerner and wife pass away

December 3rd, 2019

Robert M. Koerner and his wife Pauline W. Koerner have passed away. The Koerner family has released information on their passing to GSI Members. The notice to the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) says, “It is with regret and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert M. and Pauline W. Koerner. As you know Bob was […]

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