Promoting shade in the marketplace and happiness in the workplace

April 1st, 2020

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 sail manufacturer based in San Marcos, […]

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The technology behind shade sails

October 3rd, 2019

The technology behind shade sails is often misunderstood and underestimated, and this causes many shade sails to fail long before their normal life expectancy. This was the message from Alan Stewart, vice president of MPanel Software Solutions LLC, and Timothy Akes, software representative, during a highly-detailed classroom education session at Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla. […]

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Amy Poe builds Wyckam from a marine canvas business into a custom sewing shop

April 1st, 2018

As a small business owner you have to be able to adapt to many different situations and needs,” says Amy Poe, owner of Wyckam in Portland, Ore. “You pretty much need to be able to do everything. Even if you hire something out you still have to have a basic understanding of what it is […]

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Marine tension shade options

January 1st, 2018

Marine fabricators help boat owners expand shading options with stretched fabric. It could easily be argued that the pleasures of boating are best appreciated on a deck rather than in a cabin. But protection from sun exposure requires more than that provided by a wide-brimmed hat. With that kind of coverage in mind, boat owners […]

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Shade sails add usability to outdoor spaces

September 26th, 2017

“Shade Sails 2.0” was one of the opening presentations Sept. 26 at IFAI Expo 2017. The presentation featured Tim Koehler, Lawrence Fabric and Metal Structures Inc., and Tim Akes, MPanel Software Solutions, who discussed two projects that could handle wind and snow loads. The first project at Southwest Illinois Community College was an outside study […]

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Sturdy shade fabric

August 1st, 2017

Trivantage® is offering SolaMesh® fabric, an innovative new fabric using polymer technology, recommended for shade sails and other shade structures. Tested in the world’s harshest environments, the shade sail fabric is made from highly stable HDPE monofilament and tape, providing best-in-class strength, value and longevity. Available in 16 colors, it offers a 10-year warranty. Trivantage, […]

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Showing off the showroom

January 1st, 2016

The best place for a manufacturer of outdoor canvas products to show off is its showroom; shade sails positioned over the main entrance should be—entrancing! Transport and Marine (TM) Covers Ltd., Nelson, New Zealand, houses its factory and showroom in an edgy, modern building featuring two shade sails in bright green and blue, one emerging […]

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Sunbrella®—for shade sails

October 1st, 2015

Sunbrella® Contour is the first Sunbrella shade fabric engineered for shade sail applications. Featuring exceptional durability, it’s the first knit Sunbrella shade fabric, and features a rich texture with the ability to fit to any shape and angle, for a variety of applications such as shade sails, fixed awnings, shade structures, windscreens, umbrellas, cabanas, pavilions […]

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Sunbrella® introduces first knit shade fabric

September 8th, 2015

Sunbrella Fabrics, Glen Raven, N.C., has announced its first shade fabric engineered for shade sail applications. Sunbrella Contour is the first knit Sunbrella shade fabric, featuring a rich texture with the unique ability to fit to any shape and angle, making it usable for a variety of applications such as shade sails, fixed awnings, shade […]

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