A focus on what we do best

April 1st, 2022

If a college friend hadn’t had extra space in a harborside building he was renting in downtown Bellingham, Greg Keeler may have never started up Washington-based marine canvas company Oyster Creek Canvas Co. After earning a degree in environmental policy and assessment, the lifelong boating enthusiast had spent several years in a related desk job. […]

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Tough, versatile PVC

October 1st, 2020

Featuring a buttery soft hand, Challenger PVC is treated with Endurepel Armour performance finish and offers excellent durability. This versatile PVC is a strong performer across multiple markets including marine, awning and industrial. It has the soft feel of leather and demonstrates both durability and strength. It is offered in numerous style options featuring single […]

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2019 State of the Industry

March 1st, 2019

Economic growth in 2018 increased in the United States: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reached 3.0 percent for the first time since 2005. Unfortunately, growth has been down in other advanced economies such as Canada, Japan and Europe. Growth in the emerging economy of China was also down in 2018—reaching 6.6 percent. China’s GDP is projected […]

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Recommended fabric cleaning products

September 1st, 2018

It’s pretty simple. People buy boats because they want to have fun. The reality, however, is that work—the opposite of fun—is required to keep any watercraft in tip-top condition. Therein lies the rub. “A lot of boaters don’t want to do all the cleaning and maintenance,” says Marianne Iosso, vice president of Iosso® Products of […]

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Added value experiences keep the customers around

July 30th, 2018

Delivering an added-value experience can help companies pull ahead of the pack, giving customers the incentive to return—while also elevating the business and the entire industry. It can be challenging to stand out from the scrum of companies clamoring for attention and business. More challenging still is inspiring the kind of loyalty that keeps customers […]

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Complete coverage

March 1st, 2018

In the marine upholstery industry, covering three-dimensional shapes requires the right design and fabric. It’s all about getting a smooth, secure form fit that won’t loosen over time. That was the challenge Tammy Hampton, owner of Buford, Ga.-based Cover Girl Marine Canvas and Upholstery, faced when fabricating a cover for a recent project—a large marine […]

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Fighting pink stain

November 1st, 2017

The work “pink” brings to mind a little girl dressed as a princess, cotton candy at the county fair and plastic lawn flamingos. But for those in the marine industry, the word takes on a sinister connotation as a stain caused by streptoverticillium reticulum. It’s a far greater menace than a never-washed red garment laundered […]

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Choosing the right foam for your seating project

August 1st, 2017

From cockpit cushions with hull angles to bosun’s chairs and boat mattresses, choosing the best solution for cushion foam is a bit of a science. The task can feel daunting given the complexity of choices in foam types, materials, densities and compression factors, but choosing correctly is crucial to a project’s success. Factor in comfort […]

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Part 1: State of the Industry 2017

February 1st, 2017

Despite some slowing of global GDP in 2016, growth of the U.S. and Canadian specialty fabrics industry is slow but steady, and markets like fabric structures, tent rental and manufacturing, fabric graphics and marine fabrication are outpacing national averages. The pace is expected to continue, but can also be somewhat constrained by changes in unemployment […]

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Dowco acquires plastics and seating manufacturer

May 11th, 2016

Dowco®, a Manitowoc, Wis.-based manufacturer that focuses on cut and sew products for the marine and powersports markets, has acquired Premier Plastics and Leisure Designs of Hoyt Lakes, Minn. Premier Plastics is a manufacturer of rotational molded and vacuum formed plastic components for the marine, powersports and construction industries. Leisure Designs, a subsidiary of Premier […]

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