Weathering all seasons

January 1, 2023  |  Features, Perspective

Sails have propelled Brydon Roe’s personal and professional paths for as long as he can remember. He and his brother grew up boating and windsurfing on the lakes of Ontario, Canada, before getting their first jobs at a windsurfing shop and eventually opening their own. Enticed by its sunny beaches…
Surviving disasters

January 1, 2023  |  Features

When Jeff Kleger got the call in February 2008 that the building housing his awning company was on fire, he was getting ready to head out of town with his wife and daughter for a weekend event. Instead, sending his family on without him, the president of 432 Design Inc. in Philadelphia, Penn., raced…
An ounce of prevention

January 1, 2023  |  Features

Everyone knows that doing simple maintenance can make all the difference to the life of any tool or piece of equipment. But in the midst of the ongoing labor shortage, avoiding breakdowns is more important than ever.
IFAI Expo highpoints and highlights

December 1, 2022  |  Expo Report, Features

Last year, attendees to the IFAI Expo in Nashville, Tenn., were cautious. We were all still wearing masks and practicing social distancing, and for some, the future was a bit uncertain.
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Pros and cons of mobile marine shops

December 1, 2022  |  Features

When you’re a marine fabricator with a mobile unit, you’re often at a competitive advantage. Not only can you offer customers fast, convenient repairs and service, but you’re often able to recruit business from other boat owners who notice you at their marinas. Vendors who are fully mobile can…
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Truly Circular

December 1, 2022  |  Features

You know the story. Textile waste is one of the largest causes of pollution on the planet. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Americans alone generate more than 15 million metric tons of textile waste annually, which is about 104 pounds per person per year. And we’re not just…
Mike Charlton defines success on his own terms

November 1, 2022  |  Features, Perspective

Mike Charlton begins most weekdays with a leisurely cup of coffee on his back porch with his wife and business partner, Rachel Charlton, in Yorktown, Va. They typically leave for work by 9 a.m., where they fabricate custom marine canvas projects until 5 p.m.—at the latest.
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Geosynthetics in agriculture

November 1, 2022  |  Features

The list of concerns hitting the agricultural industry and the ranchers and farmers who operate in that arena is extensive and seemingly getting longer by the minute. Acts and regulations governing the use of pesticides, fungicides, and insecticides and their containment and disposal; water restrict…
Emerging Leaders 40 and under

November 1, 2022  |  Features

Meet the up-and-coming people who are making their names in the textile industry.
Mission Critical

October 1, 2022  |  Features, Perspective

Call it a business founded on frustration and driven by inspiration. Spiritus Systems, which supplies nylon tactical gear for law enforcement, military personnel and other customers, started as an idea that took root on the side of a mountain in the Hindu Kush range in Afghanistan, where reliable ge…