Marine Fabricators Conference 2020 Creates Vibrant Buzz

January 21st, 2020

The 2020 Marine Fabricators Conference that took place Jan. 9–11 in Daytona Beach, Fla., created a vibrant buzz among the 269 verified participants, 46 exhibitors and 65 first-time attendees. Conference-goers enjoyed a wide variety of educational sessions, networking events, an impressive shop tour and the high-energy exhibitor show floor where they explored the newest innovations...

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Jeff Newkirk Achieves MFC Certification

January 17th, 2020

New Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Advisory Board member Jeff Newkirk, owner of Precision Custom Canvas Inc., in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, achieved Master Fabrics Craftsman (MFC) certification in Marine in December 2019. This certification recognizes that Newkirk has attained the highest level of expertise in all phases of hands-on product design, craftsmanship and installation for...

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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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Seaman Corp. CEO named best in 2019

January 3rd, 2020

John Crum, CEO of Seaman Corp. Seaman Corp., a leading industrial coated fabrics company, has received recognition by Comparably as having the Best CEO 2019, according to a news release from Seaman Corp. This recognition adds to Seaman’s streak of workplace accolades, including The Perfect Engine Award (2012), Industry Leadership Award (2014) and Evolution of...

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Levi Strauss & Co. and Hohenstein collaborate to bring safer chemicals to the apparel industry

November 19th, 2019

Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) and Hohenstein have announced a collaboration to utilize the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification system in the LS&Co. supply chain. This will amplify the capabilities of the Screened Chemistry program developed by LS&Co., helping establish a clearer pathway toward safer chemistry in the apparel industry by providing enhanced levels of...

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Marine Fabricators Association Great Lakes Regional Workshop Featured Practical Tips and Strong Education

November 11th, 2019

Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Great Lakes Regional Workshop was well-attended with attendees and exhibitors soaking up practical tips and gaining new insights from multiple educational sessions. The workshop was held in Marine Tops Unlimited Inc.’s 9,000 sq. ft. shop on Nov. 1–2, in Omro, Wis., USA. Hands-on education included a demonstration of an electronic measuring...

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IFAI president and magazines recognized with MMPA Excellence awards

November 8th, 2019

The Minnesota Media and Publishing Association recognized IFAI president and CEO Steve Schiffman with the Hedley Donovan Award at its Annual Awards Gala. In addition, three IFAI magazines received Excellence Awards at the November 7th event. The Hedley Donovan Award, created in 1999 by the MMPA, recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding lifelong dedication and have...

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Marine Fabricators Association Southeast Regional Workshop Offers Beneficial Education

October 30th, 2019

Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Southeast Regional Workshop was a hit with attendees and exhibitors gaining new knowledge from beneficial educational sessions. The workshop was held in Southern Stitch Canvas & Upholstery LLC’s marine shop, on Oct. 25–26, in Gulfport, Miss., USA. Hands-on education sessions included a step-by-step process of digital patterning software and demonstration of...

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A Success – IFAI Expo Attracts Strong Attendance in Orlando

October 22nd, 2019

ORLANDO, FL USA—IFAI Expo 2019, North America’s largest specialty, industrial and advanced textiles event, hosted more than 325 exhibiting companies and a total of 4,412 verified participants from 64 countries at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL USA. IFAI Expo is produced by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). IFAI Expo provided attendees access...

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IFAI announces changes to Board of Directors

October 15th, 2019

ROSEVILLE, MN – The IFAI Board of Directors announced changes in leadership at the IFAI Annual Meeting held Oct. 2 at IFAI Expo 2019, in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. The new members of the board and position changes are: Chairman – Kathy Schaefer, IFM, Glawe Tent and Awning Company (2-year term)...

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