2019 MFA Great Lakes Regional Workshop

November 1 - 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

Registration and Shop Tour │ 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Welcome & Announcements │ 1:25 pm

Efficiency in Manufacturing │ 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Faith Roberts, MFC, IFM (Banner Canvas – Ham Lake, MN)
Time saving tips for shop layout and cutting and sewing in manufacturing.

Break │ 2:30 – 2:45 pm

Bimini Design for Wakeboard Towers │ 2:45 – 4:00 pm

Clint Halladay, Sewlong Custom Covers (Salt Lake City, UT) 
Explore different designs and styles of tops for boats with wakeboard towers including the inspiration and evolution for Sewlong’s “Folding Canopy Top”. Learn about readily available hardware for a more functional and user-friendly tower bimini.

Fabricating Marine Flooring │4:00 – 5:00 pm
To be announced.

Meet & Greet │5:00 – 6:00 pm

Get social and make new connections while renewing old friendships held at the workshop location.


Saturday, Nov. 2

Breakfast and Sponsor Giveaways │ 8 – 9:00 am

Announcements │ 8:55 am

3D Patterning with A Proliner │ 9 – 10:00 am

Charles Klein, Dorsal Sails and Canvas (Sturgeon Bay, WI)
Attendees will learn the basics of a Proliner measurement device and how it is used to create a 3D digital pattern for a bimini top.


3D Patterning with a DigiPen │ 10 – 10:45 am

Mitch Lemmen, Canvas Innovations (Holland, MI)
Attendees watch and learn how to use a DigiPen 3D measuring device as the presenter patterns the same bimini top as in the previous session.

Break │ 10:45 am – 11:00 am

Manually Patterning a Bimini Top │ 11 – 12:00 Noon

Dan Lesch, MFC, Lesch Boat Cover & Canvas Company Co. LLC (Norwalk, Ohio)
Using the same exact bimini top frame as the previous two sessions, the presenter will give an overview of how to create a pattern for a new bimini top.

Lunch │ 12:00 Noon – 1 pm

Enjoy lunch while you grow your network.

Table Top Exhibits │ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Solve your manufacturing and sourcing issues with expert advice from industry experts.

Panel Discussion: 3D VS. Manual Patterning Methods │ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

A panel of industry experts lead an open discussion and answer questions comparing the pros and cons of different patterning methods.

*Agenda and speakers subject to change


2019 MFA Great Lakes Workshop Full Registration – IFAI Member $225
2019 MFA Great Lakes Workshop Full Registration – Non-Member $275
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November 1 8:00 am

November 2 4:00 pm

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Magda Ronningen



Marine Tops Unlimited, Inc. Omro, WI

Omro, WI