Kevin Greenwood and Stage Tops USA cover lives events around the globe

June 1, 2020  |  Feature, Perspective

by Jill C. Lafferty “Everything is visual today,” says Kevin Greenwood, owner/CEO of Stage Tops USA, a Manchester, Tenn.-based company that manufactures and installs roof skins, wind walls, stage scrims and other fabric projects for major live events around the world. “[My clients] want to be …
Promoting shade in the marketplace and happiness in the workplace

April 1, 2020  |  Feature, Perspective

For Patrick Howe and Wholesale Shade, high-quality custom shade sails are the product of a happy and efficient workplace. by Jill C. Lafferty My day consists of making sure my employees are happy. That’s my number one job,” says Patrick Howe, owner of Wholesale Shade™, a private label shade sa…
Bob Grambsch leads Canvas Replacements in making new canvas tent tops for old pop-up camper trailers.

March 1, 2020  |  Feature, Perspective

by Jill C. Lafferty We bring over 65 years of knowledge and experience to a growing and changing industry,” says Bob Grambsch, president of Canvas Replacements/Camper & Recreation Inc., a Loyal, Wis.-based manufacturer of replacement canvas tent tops for pop-up campers. “My dad had been buil…
Change as business strategy

February 1, 2020  |  Feature, Perspective

After jumping from the food industry to truck tarps, David Callahan targets customers who value quality and innovation over price.   by Jill C. Lafferty Local competitors are trying to go cheaper and cheaper, while we’re trying to do more and more quality,” says David Callahan, owner of Gra…
Investing in excellence—and workforce readiness

January 1, 2020  |  Feature, Perspective

Kathryn Maisto mastered her marine canvas skills over a lifetime and across oceans, and now she’s training a new generation. by Jill C. Lafferty I’m always looking for ways to enhance our product line,” says Kathryn Maisto, MFC, owner of Fairwinds Canvas LLC, Racine, Wis. “In what we do and …
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Polo Custom Products: from concept to production with a full range of services

December 1, 2019  |  Feature, Perspective

by Rebecca Post Everything is global now. There’s more opportunity to enter into partnerships with your customers now. You can make suggestions that will improve their business, and that’s even expected,” says Kent Lammers, CEO and president of Polo Custom Products. In fact, says Lammers, keep…
New board chair Kathy Schaefer: meeting industry challenges

November 1, 2019  |  Feature, Perspective

New IFAI board chair Kathy Schaefer shares her vision for an organization that helps its members navigate a changing industry landscape. by Jill C. Lafferty I walk into IFAI Expo every year and say, ‘Wow. What’s new?’ There’s always something really ingenious,” says Kathy Schaefer, IF…
Tom Auer works to keep Bearse USA—and the U.S. sewing industry—on a firm foundation

October 1, 2019  |  Feature, Perspective

Tom Auer strives to put Bearse USA—and the U.S. sewing industry—on a firm foundation.   by Jill C. Lafferty I believe in the philosophy of partnership with my customers,” says Tom Auer, president of Bearse USA, a Chicago., Ill.-based contract sewer of bags and other non-apparel items…
Challenge accepted: Pete Mogavero and Anchor Industries are keeping craftsmanship up to date

September 1, 2019  |  Feature, Perspective

Pete Mogavero leads the team at Anchor Industries to meet today’s market demands for quality, craftsmanship, speed and customization. by Jill C. Lafferty Anchor is 127 years old, and we have remarkable traditions here,” says Pete Mogavero, president of Anchor Industries Inc. “I’ve been here …
Carl Pellegrini’s SeaCanvas: managed growth through quality, creativity and customer focus

August 1, 2019  |  Feature, Perspective

By building his business slowly, Carl Pellegrini keeps SeaCanvas focused on quality, creativity and customer service. by Jill C. Lafferty Each project we accept is a new chance to make a change in the current design,” says Carl Pellegrini, the owner-operator of custom marine fabrication company Se…