NECPA 2017 Features Technology, Financials & Alternative Energy

It’s hard to believe we are coming to the end of another year and with it, another NECPA Annual Expo & Meeting is almost upon us. NECPA 2017 will, once again, be filled with many opportunities for networking, education and skill building as we bring together the largest gathering of outdoor fabric, canvas, shade, awning and marine professionals in the North East. 

Yarns and Fabrics 101

In the outdoor and industrial fabrics business, it is important to know industry terms. Just because you know what a word means, does not mean your customers do. In our industry, many terms are used interchangeably, ie. waterproof and water resistant. However, the difference between the two can often spell the difference between a satisfied customer and an unhappy one. Whether you are a seasoned industry veteran, just starting out, or somewhere in between, we think you will find these terms helpful and, at the minimum, a good refresher.

Salt Water Area Installations Require Extra Care

Installing awnings and screen systems in areas where salt laden air is present requires extra care on the part of the owner. Salt air is extremely corrosive on all objects including "Non-Ferrous" metals like stainless steel and aluminum.  

Plan Your Winter Promotions Now and Stay Busy All Season Long

When the day-to-day crunch deadlines keep you going 90 miles an hour at this time of year, it's hard to sit down and plan for the winter. But if you want to avoid the off season “dry spell” that is such a challenge for marine fabricators in the North East, there are some ways to plan for it now.

What to Do When Northeast Weather Gives Your Business the Cold Shoulder

As you might remember from our 2015 Expo, this past winter was very cold in the Northeast, bringing record levels of snow and very cold temperatures. As anyone from this area for any amount of time knows, an unseasonably cold winter + long startup to summer makes for a very slow spring start for many in awning and marine businesses.

Avoiding "Shop Shoulder" With Better Ergonomics

This month we are happy to offer an article by NECPA member Diana LeClaire, a physical therapist by training who now runs her own sewing machine at Carriage House Canvas. She brings us some simple steps to create more a ergonomically-friendly set up that will help to avoid common aches and pains many of us face in our day's work.

General Care & Cleaning Tips for Marine & Awning Canvas

Boat covers and awnings for a home or business can be a considerable investment by your customer. As their service provider, you can help them avoid, prevent and resolve the challenge of dirt, stains and normal wear and tear to help protect their investment and keep it looking like new. This month, the team at Marlen Textiles offers their top tips for general care and cleaning for marine and awning canvas.

Color Trends for Spring 2015

After a VERY long hard winter, nothing says spring like a splash of color! Find out the latest trends for 2015 and resources you can share with your customers to help them find the perfect look for their outdoor space.

Increasing Your Business with Facade Improvement Programs

Storefront awnings serve many purposes for a business… shelter for patrons, signage for marketing, electrical savings during hot summer months, and more. Despite these many benefits, for some small businesses there is hesitation in the installation or replacement of an awning because of the associated costs. But thanks to city/town initiatives to increase economic development, you can help your prospective customer overcome these financial hurdles and build their business, and yours.

Be a Part of Our Recycle and Repurpose Collection Event at the NECPA Conference and Expo

Please join in our 5th annual Recycle and Repurpose Collection at the NECPA Conference and Expo, January 22-24, 2015. Bring your scrap and used fabric, small or large, to this grass roots collection drive and help create a “greener” North East.


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