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Monday, September 25
1–5 pm

Come see a 288,000-square foot facility, located in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, where you will see some of largest covers being manufactured today. J&M Industries has over 44 years of experience in the specialty fabric cover industry with expertise in agriculture, industrial, and environmental industries. J&M began as a recycler of coffee bean bags that were repurposed into burlap bags for feed, agricultural and oyster industries. J&M has grown and expanded their product line to include tarpaulins, grain covers, frost protection, nursery products, containment covers, construction covers, geotextile tubes, waste management covers, and more. They are also proud to have produced ammunition covers for the army during Desert Storm. The tour is $59 for IFAI Members and $79 for Non-members. Available for purchase at time of Registration.

Schedule as follows:
1:00 PM – Pick up from Convention Center
2:00 PM – Arrive at J&M Industries
2:00 – 3:30 PM – Tour
3:30 – 4: 00 PM – Refreshments and Networking
4:00 PM – Depart for Convention Center
5:00 PM – Arrive Convention Center

Tuesday, September 26
Noon–3 pm

Join the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) for its annual fundraising event on Tuesday, September 26. Enjoy a friendly bowling competition and “strike” up a conversation with other industry professionals. We hope you can “spare” some extra cash as proceeds benefit worthy students enrolled in accredited colleges, universities or technical schools. With your support, we can have a positive impact on the industrial fabrics industry. We hope to see you all there!

The price to bowl is $200 per person. Available for purchase at time of Registration.

WHERE
Fulton Alley
600 Fulton Street, New Orleans
www.fultonalley.com

5:30–7 pm

Relax with a drink, food and comradery after a full day of education and networking. Continue to develop strong connections with fellow industry professionals. Open to all Expo Plus attendees, ATP division members, IFAI Board Members & Advanced Textiles exhibitors

Open to all Expo Plus Conference Attendees (Advanced Textiles & Specialty Fabrics Conference attendees)
Presented By: J.M. Rodgers

Wednesday, September 27
Open Meetings are a forum for members and non-members of IFAI and its Divisions to discuss the program activity and industry impact of each Division, swap ideas regarding industry changes and network with peers.
Open Meetings are located in the IFAI Hub on the show floor.
11 am-5:30 pm Mentor Meetings
11:30 am Open Meeting: Awning/PAMA
12:30 pm Open Meeting: Makers
1:30 pm Open Meeting: Equipment/EQP
2:30 pm Open Meeting: Fabric Structures/FSA
3:30 pm Open Meeting: Advanced Textiles / ATP
4:30 pm Open Meeting: Military / MIL
5:30–8 pm

Join the Second Line Parade and take stroll from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to the IFAI Expo 2017 Opening Reception at The National World War II Museum. Enjoy food and beverages while learning about the history of the war that changed the world.

Thursday, September 28
Open Meetings are a forum for members and non-members of IFAI and its Divisions to discuss the program activity and industry impact of each Division, swap ideas regarding industry changes and network with peers.
Open Meetings are located in the IFAI Hub on the show floor.
11 am-5:30 pm Mentor Meetings
11:30 am Open Meeting: US Fabrics/USIFI
12:30 pm Open Meeting: Tent/TRD
1:30 pm Open Meeting: Fabric Graphics/FGA
2:30 pm Open Meeting: Tarp/TA
3:30 pm Open Meeting: Geosynthetics/GMA
4:30 pm Open Meeting: IFAI Japan
5:30–6:30 pm

40 and under? Gather with your peers at the complimentary Young Professionals Happy Hour. Enjoy drinks and eats while making valuable connections.
WHERE
Drago’s Seafood Restaurant
2 Poydras Street
Inside the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel; walking distance from the convention center

Friday, September 29
Open Meetings are a forum for members and non-members of IFAI and its Divisions to discuss the program activity and industry impact of each Division, swap ideas regarding industry changes and network with peers.
Open Meetings are located in the IFAI Hub on the show floor.
9 am-2 pm Mentor Meetings
9:30 am Open Meeting: Narrow Fabrics/NFI
10:30 am Open Meeting: Marine/MFA
11:30 am Open Meeting: IFAI Canada
11:30–1 pm Free Lunch Friday
Let’s Do Lunch on Friday, Our Treat! Free lunch on the show floor.