2019 MFA Great Lakes Regional Workshop

November 1, 2019 - November 2

Join the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) for regional workshops to learn hands-on marine fabrication education in a shop setting. Build your network with like-minded business owners and share business information while you socialize and tour the marine shop.


Friday, Nov. 1

Noon-12:30 pm

Shop Tour
12:30–1:30 pm

Efficiency in Manufacturing
1:30–2:30 pm
Faith Roberts, MFC, IFM, Banner Canvas
Time saving tips for shop layout and cutting and sewing in manufacturing.

2:30–2:45 pm

Bimini Design for Wakeboard Towers
2:45–4 pm
Clint Halladay, Sewlong Custom Covers
Explore boat top designs and styles for wakeboard towers including readily available hardware for a more functional, user-friendly tower bimini. See the inspiration and evolution for a “Folding Canopy Top”.

Marine Flooring Fabrication
4–5 pm
Rob Kotowski III, Lake Shore Boat Top
Explore new patterning methods, design layouts and marine flooring products that will help you add a new division to your marine canvas shop.

Meet and Greet
5–6 pm
Get social! Grow your network.


Saturday, Nov. 2

Breakfast and Sponsor Giveaways
8–9 am

Manually Patterning a Bimini Top
9-10 am
Dan Lesch, MFC, Lesch Boat Cover & Canvas Company Co., LLC
Using a bimini top frame, learn how to create a pattern for a new bimini top.

3D Patterning with A Proliner
10–10:45 am
Charles Klein, Dorsal Sails and Canvas
Learn the basics of a Proliner measurement device and how it is used to create a 3D digital pattern for a bimini top.

10:45–11 am

3D Patterning with a DigiPen
Mitch Lemmen, Canvas Innovations
Learn how to use a DigiPen 3D measuring device by patterning the same bimini top as in the previous two sessions.

Noon–1 pm
Enjoy lunch while growing your network.

Table Top Exhibits
1–3 pm
Meet with industry supplier professionals.

Panel Discussion: 3D VS. Manual Patterning Methods
3–4:30 pm
Industry experts lead an open discussion and answer questions comparing the pros and cons of different patterning methods.

*Schedule subject to change.

Hotel Information

There is no room block for this event, but please see the nearby hotels listed below.

Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Conference Center
1 North Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901
Phone: 1 920 230 1900
Estimated Travel Time to Venue: 10.3 mi. (About 19 mins)
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Oshkosh
1800 South Koeller Street
Oshkosh, WI 54902
Phone: 1 920 233 8504
Estimated Travel Time to Venue: 9.4 mi. (About 14 mins)
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Hilton Garden Inn Oshkosh
1355 West 20th Avenue
Oshkosh, WI 54902
Phone: 1 920 966 1300
Estimated Travel Time to Venue: 9.8 mi. (About 14 mins)
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2019 MFA Great Lakes Workshop Full Registration – IFAI Member $225 / Non-Member $275
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November 1, 2019 8:00 am

November 2, 2019 4:00 pm

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Christine Gerard



Venue: Marine Tops Unlimited, Inc.

2016 Daggett Dr. Omro, WI 54963