Florida Keys shut down due to coronavirus

March 23, 2020

The Florida Keys are closed to visitors, including all hotels and other lodging establishments. Officials from Monroe County, which encompasses most of the archipelago off the southern coast of Florida, posted a statement on the county’s website that said the Keys would be “closed to all tourists and leisure visitors, lodging establishment are no longer …

Miami-Dade mayor orders boat ramps and marinas closed amid coronavirus

The Miami Herald is reporting that the mayor of Miami-Dade County has announced the closure of all marinas and boat ramps in the county, citing large gatherings of boaters on the water amid the coronavirus pandemic. Palm Beach County officials also banned recreational boating activities indefinitely, citing parties and other large gatherings on the water. …

IFAI president responds to Coronavirus, adjusts upcoming events

March 17, 2020

As concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, I want all IFAI members to know we are closely monitoring developments and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We will follow their recommendations to keep our employees, their families and our members healthy and safe. With this in …

Women in Textiles Summit Helps Attendees Build Industry Relationships and Leadership Skills

February 28, 2020

The second annual Women in Textiles Summit, held February 19–21, almost doubled in attendance and gave attendees ample opportunities to build new business alliances while learning about emerging trends in the industry. The event, sponsored by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), was held in Nashville, Tenn. “This event was born through the remarkable stories of …

Marine Fabricators Association Announces Marine Fabrication Excellence Award Winners

January 28, 2020

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) awarded the Marine Fabrication Excellence Awards for design excellence, and quality workmanship in marine applications at the 2020 Marine Fabricators Conference. Marine Fabricators Conference is an annual conference that includes education and training, networking opportunities, and an exhibitor show floor. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and …

Jeff Newkirk Achieves MFC Certification

January 17, 2020

New Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Advisory Board member Jeff Newkirk, owner of Precision Custom Canvas Inc., in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, achieved Master Fabrics Craftsman (MFC) certification in Marine in December 2019. This certification recognizes that Newkirk has attained the highest level of expertise in all phases of hands-on product design, craftsmanship and installation for …

Steve Szenay appointed Serge Ferrari technical support manager

January 13, 2020

Serge Ferrari announced that Steve Szenay has been promoted to Technical Support Manager for North America. Szenay will be responsible for disseminating technical information for all Serge Ferrari products sold in the United States and Canada, including product use, fabrication best- practices, maintenance and claim evaluation. In this newly created position, Szenay will be the …

Seaman Corp. CEO named best in 2019

January 3, 2020

Seaman Corp., a leading industrial coated fabrics company, has received recognition by Comparably as having the Best CEO 2019, according to a news release from Seaman Corp. This recognition adds to Seaman’s streak of workplace accolades, including The Perfect Engine Award (2012), Industry Leadership Award (2014) and Evolution of Manufacturing Excellence Honoree (2015). A recent …

Levi Strauss & Co. and Hohenstein collaborate to bring safer chemicals to the apparel industry

November 19, 2019

Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) and Hohenstein have announced a collaboration to utilize the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification system in the LS&Co. supply chain. This will amplify the capabilities of the Screened Chemistry program developed by LS&Co., helping establish a clearer pathway toward safer chemistry in the apparel industry by providing enhanced levels of …

IFAI president and magazines recognized with MMPA Excellence awards

November 8, 2019

The Minnesota Media and Publishing Association recognized IFAI president and CEO Steve Schiffman with the Hedley Donovan Award at its Annual Awards Gala. In addition, three IFAI magazines received Excellence Awards at the November 7th event. The Hedley Donovan Award, created in 1999 by the MMPA, recognizes individuals who have shown outstanding lifelong dedication and have …