Webinar | Textile Training & Education Resources

September 29

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT


Members: Free | Non-Members: $39

The Manufacturing and Textile Innovation Network (MTIN) is a partnership between the Gaston College Textile Technology Center and the Catawba Valley Community College Manufacturing Solutions Center. With help of industry partners and the respective community colleges, the MTIN partnership offers product development, testing, incubator space and customized training for the textile industry. Webinar attendees will gain a better understanding of the MTIN partnership resources and opportunities for training and retaining a new workforce.

Webinar | How to Choose the Right Marine Fabric

October 6

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT


Free to Members and Non-Members

Content paid for by Sunbrella

Delivering high quality and lasting results starts with selecting fabric. Join Bill McDaniel, Marine Market Manager, Sunbrella, and Mike Erickson, Fabricator, Canvas Designers, as they detail what to consider when choosing the right marine fabric. This webinar will provide an overview of fabric options and recommendations for a variety of situations and customer expectations.

Webinar | Cleaning Awnings and Other Outdoor Fabrics

October 13

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT


Free for members | $39 for nonmembers

Why would cleaning awnings be something positive to add to our service offerings? What do we need to know before getting involved? Will this give us an edge on the competition? What costs are involved?

Scott Massey will share why he believes that cleaning awnings can be like having a crystal ball. People are attracted to and want clean and beautiful awnings. When awning cleaning is switched to awning maintenance the work becomes easier, more profitable, and the fabric looks good all the time.

GMA Fall 2021 Lobby Day (DC)

October 20

City Center - Washington DC

Washington, DC

As we continue to deal with the implications of the pandemic, GMA is making every effort to maintain our influence with federal and state governments to position our industry for success. This year’s lobby day will take place in Washington, DC. Due to today’s fluid nature of visitations, Whitmer & Worrall (W&W) will be setting up three styles of meeting options: 1) Congressional Office Visits; 2) Reception/Lunch Invitations; 3) Virtual Visits. Please register your intent to attend as soon as possible so that we can start the requests to meet with the correct congressional offices.

IFAI Expo 2021

November 1 – November 4

Music City Center

Nashville, TN

Advanced Textiles Conference Education: Nov. 1

Show Floor Dates: Nov. 2 - 4

For more than a century, IFAI Expo has been the industrial fabrics industry’s flagship show. As the premier textiles event, Expo is the place where over 4,000 industry stakeholders and leaders connect, learn, and make purchases in order to grow their businesses.​


November 4 – November 5

Music City Center

Nashville, TN

Register now! Join us as we bring the geotechnical industry back together for the first all plenary geosynthetics event featuring: Representatives from The Army Corp of Engineers, FHWA, FAA, and the Koerner Award Lecture: Geosynthetic-reinforced column-supported embankments: Bridging theory and practice presented by Prof. Jie Han Ph.D.

Webinar | What is Your 2022 Internet Marketing Plan?

November 10

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT


Free to Members | $39 for Non-Members

This webinar will give attendees a clear plan of attack as it relates to their internet marketing & lead generation strategy for 2022. This updated plan is based on all the changes in the online space in the last year and gives a complete roadmap to building a website and online presence that consistently generates leads for their business.

Member Exclusive Webinar | FSA-AIA Course Preview

November 17

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT


MEMBER EXCLUSIVE | Free for Members

This member exclusive webinar will preview the new AIA-CEU courses developed for the fabric structures division and offer strategies for how to best present the course materials to architects.

Webinar | Navigating the “New” SAM.Gov

December 1

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT


Free to Members | $39 for Non-Members

There have been significant changes in SAM.gov due to the recent merger with beta.SAM.gov. This has resulted in a new look, new login requirements, and new user features. This webinar will give you a live, hands-on demonstration to help you navigate the new SAM.gov. Participants will learn how to navigate some of the basic SAM.gov features, learn about the different user domains and new security features. If you want to begin federal government contracting, or if you’re already registered in SAM, the information from this webinar will benefit your company.

MFA Virtual Series: Marine Fabrication Around the World

December 2


The Marine Fabricators Association Virtual Series is BACK! Join attendees and suppliers as we gather on December 2nd, for a 2-hour look into how fabrication methods vary around the world. Enjoy networking, visiting with suppliers, prize drawings and a fun surprise or two to ring in the holidays. Registration is now open.