Product Diversification and Networking Workshop

Feb. 23-24, 2022
Sharp’s Tarps Inc. | Salt Lake City, Utah

Take part in this workshop featuring education and networking focused-around product diversification. Join others in the industry involved in various textile markets—industrial covers, marine products, RV skirting, awnings, truck covers and more. Let’s discuss equipment, hiring needs, and getting employees up to speed. Enjoy time connecting with fellow fabricators and suppliers. Registration opens in January.

All times listed are Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Wednesday, Feb. 23

6:30 – 8:30 pm
Epic Networking Night
Join us for Top Golf and a heck of a good time! Enjoy an Epic beer, a dirty diet coke, or other beverage of choice and make connections (All Utah puns intended).

Thursday, Feb. 24

All education is being held at Sharp’s Tarp, Salt Lake City, UT.

8:30 – 9:00 am
Coffee and Conversation
Come and enjoy a cup of coffee with your industry. Share ideas, give advice, make connections, and express concerns.

9:00 – 10:00 am
Product Diversification through Implementing Innovation
Brandt Sharp, Sharp’s Tarp Inc.
How is your business operating differently than 1, 5 or 20 years ago? With the emergence of new technology for the industrial fabric products industry being developed all of the time, how do you stay on top of it all? Innovative new equipment and processes are setting a new standard for productivity and profitability. Regardless of company size or budget, what may seem beyond the realm of possibility may in fact be within short reach. Together we will explore the best time and the strategies to make the leap to secure your future in this ever-changing industry, from funding new ideas to full implementation of innovation to take your company to the next level. Will you be a leader or a follower?

10:00 – 11:00 am
Tour of Sharp’s Tarp

Brandt Sharp, Sharp’s Tarp Inc.
Tour Sharp’s Tarps is a family-owned and operated business with 30 employees. The 40-year-old company got its roots in the manufacture and repair of truck covers. Today, the company specializes in a variety of industrial textile products—boat tops and covers, marine upholstery, awnings, RV skirting, aerospace products, truck tarps and more. The 48,000 square-foot facility features a static cutting table, conveyer cutting table, wedge welder, hot air welder, RF welder, proliner digitizer, sewing machines, grommet machines, latex printer, webbing cutter, die cutter, and CAD software station. Learn all about it in this guided tour!

11:00 am – Noon
Tabletop Exhibits

Meet with sales representatives about new and existing products.

Noon – 1:00 pm

Lunch is provided.

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Employee Hiring and Retention
Navigate the process of hiring and firing.

2:00 – 4:30 pm
Hands-on Breakout Demos and Discussions
Breakout into small groups on specific topics and/or take part in hands-on demos. Pick and choose what’s relevant to your business. Breakout sessions to include the following.

  • Equipment demos
  • Product demos
  • Tools, tips, and tricks
  • RoundTable discussions

*Schedule is subject to change.

Post Event: An optional, post-workshop ski day networking event on Friday, February 25th.  Each attendee will be responsible for all associated costs, but it will be a great opportunity to spend the day on the slopes! Interested? Email