Longtime Hoigaard’s sales manager passes away

January 14, 2019

Michael J. O’Toole, a sales manager at Hoigaard’s Custom Canvas and Awning, Plymouth, Minn., has passed away. O’Toole worked for Hoigaard’s for more than 50 years. More information about O’Toole is available here. Hoigaard’s, an awning manufacturer, was founded more than 120 years ago and was one of fourteen companies that founded Industrial Fabrics Association …

TRD Steering Committee director Tom Markel dies

December 14, 2018

IFAI Outstanding Volunteer Award recipient Thomas “Tom” Markel passed away Dec. 12. Owner of Bravo Events Expos Displays of Buffalo, N.Y., Markel was honored with the volunteer award in 2014 for his contributions to the Tent Rental Division (TRD) code committee. As a TRD steering committee director and chair of the TRD code committee, Markel …

Wodetzki Award honoree Ernest Hagler dies

August 8, 2018

Former IFAI Board Member Ernest Hagler of Denver, Colo., passed away July 29. Hagler, 96, was a past recipient of IFAI’s Bruce W. Wodetzki Award, the tent rental industry’s most prestigious honor. President of American Canvas Company and Denver Tent Company, Hagler served on IFAI’s Board of Directors from 1981 to 1988 and was an …

Tennessee Webbing names McGlothren

January 25, 2018

Tennessee Webbing Products, Knoxville, Tenn., has hired Michael McGlothren as a sales executive. McGlothren will oversee the cultivation of existing relationships and will explore new business opportunities to bolster the growth of the company, a major supplier of surplus seatbelt webbing and surplus military webbing worldwide.

Joe Gotshall joins PCMC

January 24, 2018

Joe Gotshall has been named printing, coating and laminating regional sales manager at Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) in Green Bay, Wisc. He will be responsible for the sale of PCMC’s products in the southeastern U.S., as well as in Latin America. Gotshall has more than 15 years of sales experience in the industrial automation, …

Petersen promoted at Enduratex

January 23, 2018

Eric Petersen has been promoted to director of sales and marketing at Enduratex. In this expanded role, he will have oversight of the marketing for the company in addition to his role as manager of national sales. Petersen joined Enduratex in 2011 as sales manager and was previously associated with Omnova Solutions and Avery Dennison.

Stevenson and Woodie join HEYtex USA

January 22, 2018

Carol Stevenson has been named northeast sales manager and Eric Woodie has been named purchasing and logistics manager for HEYtex USA. Stevenson has experience in sales and marketing, is a Boston native and attended Emerson College. Woodie has experience in buying, planning, scheduling materials purchasing management, logistics and strategic sourcing.

Denney joins BondCote, Anderson retires

January 19, 2018

Martin Denney has been named president of BondCote, the American branch of the international textile group, HEYtex®, Bramsche, Germany. Denney succeeds Ted Anderson who retired after 14 years of leadership. Previously, Denney was president of North American operations for Gale Pacific Ltd. He has also held senior positions in general management, and sales and marketing. …

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI president, dies

October 26, 2017

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI board member and president, died October 8th. He served on the IFAI Board of Directors from 1977 to 1989, and as IFAI president (a position now called chairman) from 1985 to 1987. He was involved with the IFAI Awning Division, now called the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association. His obituary appeared in …

Sand Sea and Air accepting supply donations for Puerto Rico

October 4, 2017

Terri Madden, the owner of Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc., located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and a regular contributor to Marine Fabricator magazine, recently contacted IFAI to provide an update of the situation facing her business as well as many others on the hurricane-ravaged island. “I am more fortunate than most,” Madden says. …