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2019 Chairman’s Award winner: Scott Campbell, Rainier Industries

October 8th, 2019

The Chairman’s Award (originally, the President’s Award) is an honor bestowed by the chairman of IFAI to an individual that has had an extraordinary and meaningful impact on the association. It is rarely given, and awarded at the sole discretion of the IFAI chairman. At IFAI’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo 2019, IFAI chairman Steve […]

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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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2019 Show Stoppers at IFAI Expo

October 3rd, 2019

All the best from Florida: Thursday morning, Oct. 3, at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year, including the most popular products on the show floor. The eighth annual Show Stopper competition was designed to showcase the best of the best in the industry, from fabrics, equipment and chemicals to services […]

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2019 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition winner announced

October 3rd, 2019

Vertex Pavilion won a first-place award in the 2019 Fabric Structures Student Design Competition. The project was created by Omar Fabrisio, Avellandea Lopez and Ramon Sastre, students the Manufacturing Laboratory of the School of Architecture, Art, and Design at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, in Barcelona Spain. ​The Fabric Structures Association, a division of IFAI, recently […]

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Puerto Rico pups steal hearts at IFAI Expo 2019

October 3rd, 2019

Four puppies are hoping to find their lifetime human companions on the show floor of IFAI Expo 2019. Amid the latest fabrics, equipment, technology and services for the specialty fabrics industry, Lorenzo, Lilo, Lolo, and Lulo stole hearts, and, according to some dog lovers—the show—at IFAI Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla. For this Expo, the […]

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Better software, better service, faster growth

October 2nd, 2019

Bob Fatahee, owner, and Mike Falahee, president, of Marygrove Roll Screens, discussed the importance of software technology for the manufacturing industry at Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla., during a pre-conference education session.  The presenters explained how technology has helped their company grow significantly and has allowed it to better compete with companies that offer quick […]

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IFAI Expo 2019: Growth through diversification

October 2nd, 2019

Bud Weisbart, vice president of AR Tech, Fontana, Calif., led the advanced textiles conference session “Growing through diversification into technical markets: from trash covers and truck covers to ground support and flight hardware,” presented Tuesday, Oct. 1, at IFAI Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla. The session explored how diversification based on core competencies—capabilities or advantages […]

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IFAI Expo 2019 Keynote: ‘Choose people’ to make effective connections

October 2nd, 2019

Thom Singer, the keynote speaker at IFAI’s annual meeting on Wed., Oct. 2, at IFAI Expo, is clear about one thing: People want to do business with people they know, like and trust. And that connection won’t happen through second-hand tools offered on social media or other electronic sites. Singer, a consultant to executives and […]

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