Specialty Fabrics Review interviews Marc Shellshear, senior vice president of USA SHADE & Fabric Structures

January 1st, 1970

Interview by Sigrid Tornquist How did your nickname “Dr. Shade” come about? I don’t remember exactly how it started but, like many, I’ve been in the industry a long time. And though much of my focus now is on sales, I know a lot about the technical side of the business as well. People around...

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Designing for the elements

January 1st, 1970

By Sigrid Tornquist To keep out rain and spray from the ocean while keeping the interior of the vessel comfortable is a common request made of marine fabricators like Cindy Boersema—but every vessel is different, requiring a different approach to the design. Owners of “The Midwestern” vessel requested an upper bridge enclosure that eliminates all...

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So how’s the RV business?

January 1st, 1970

By Carla Waldemar Josh Skiller, general manager of Countryside Interiors Inc., Junction City, Ore., launched in 1981, reports that following a market decline business has bounced back up. “It’s level again, and today people are asking for more upgrades too,” he says. “It’s been a learning experience,” says Dave Ast, co-owner, Dave and LJ’s RV...

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When to upgrade equipment

January 1st, 1970

When should I upgrade, even if existing equipment is functional? The technology life cycle. On digital equipment, it does just become obsolete after some period of time. When new features and capabilities become available. The 80 percent rule: Our production manager watches capacity on a daily basis. When we see a device that runs at...

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Hurricane Sandy: a personal experience

January 1st, 1970

By Janice Kleinschmidt The day after Superstorm Sandy hit, Mike Catalano opened his truck door and let the seawater out of the cab. The engine started, but nothing electrical worked. CEO of Capitol Awning Co. of Jamaica, N.Y., Catalano recalls driving through his neighborhood. “The devastation was incredible. We turned a corner and 300 feet...

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Stretching to new heights

January 1st, 1970

Stretch fabrics are more popular than ever in the entertainment industry, thanks to the trend toward projecting light and images on three-dimensional forms. But there’s another reason they’re in demand, and it’s a purely practical one. Remember the wrinkle-resistant men’s slacks that used to be advertised in lifestyle magazines? They’re a good analogy for what’s...

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