Registration Open – 7 – 8 am


Continental Breakfast & Networking Time with vendors – 8 – 9 am


Sewing Maintenance Checklist – 9 – 11 am

Mr. Ralph Sunday, Cutting Sewing Room Equip. Co., Atlanta, GA.

Keep your sewing machine in running order by following general maintenance tips covered in this session. Learn about kinds of stitches, the major elements of sewing and things that can go wrong if you don’t maintain your machine. How to prevent common issues, and trouble shoot problems.

All about Bobbins and Thread – 11 – Noon

Ron Paratore, Trivantage, Cleveland, OH

Once you learn best practices about maintaining your machine in tip top shape, learn about the times you may need to troubleshoot as well as discover how to choose the best thread type for your application that will help you improve quality and precision.

Networking Lunch – Noon – 1 pm

Make time to nurture and grow your professional network while enjoying lunch. Bring your business cards!

Exhibit time & dessert/coffee with vendors – 1 – 1:30 pm

Enjoy dessert and coffee, while you meet vendors to discuss new products and increase your knowledge.

Implementing an Ex-Offender workforce – 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Bill Rodgers, Georgia Center for Opportunity, Atlanta, GA.

Discover a new thought process, there are great advantages at implementing an ex-offender workforce in your company once they have been released. You’ll learn things to consider, success stories, resources, bring your questions along!

OSHA Related topic – 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Paul Schlumper, Georgia On-Site Safety & Health Consultation Program, Atlanta, GA

This presentation will provide an overview of OSHA and an update on relevant activity to the awning/shade industry with an emphasis on safety hazards. Planned topics include an OSHA overview, frequently cited standard in general industry and construction, machine guarding, welding, fall protection and silica dust.

Printing on outdoor textiles – 3:30 – 4:30 pm

The purpose of this session is to educate attendees of the key opportunities with digital printing which includes: a focus on awning and outdoor banner materials, available technologies in digital print, cost of acquisition, life expectancy by application, and available/required top coatings. Come prepared to learn from the experts!

*Agenda Subject to Change