• Last month, I sent an email to our active members asking for their opinions about our economy. In that email, I said the following:

    "Judging from our experience and conversations with many of you, it would seem that the business climate has been more active than in the recent past. Has something changed? Did you do something different,... more

  • Patio cushion recovers have taken off this year, perhaps because more people are creating their ultimate "staycation" places in their back yards, or they just want to update their existing patio sets with the latest outdoor fabrics. In any case, whether you are an awning or marine shop, being able to offer patio recovers is a great way to... more

  • Marlen Textiles is announcing the introduction of BROADWAY, a 10 ounce solution dyed, flame retardant fabric. This new product brings to Marlen Textiles customers a new alternative for applications requiring tight flame-retardant certification.

    BROADWAY has unrivaled tear strength, abrasion resistance, and water resistance... more

  • Red Rocks is a locally owned restaurant group with two locations in Charlotte, N.C., that consistently attract loyal patrons who enjoy varied menus, attentive wait staffs, and convenient locations. Red Rock patrons also enjoy year-round outdoor dining at both locations, including an expansive enclosure that Alpha Canvas & Awning fabricated... more

  • Your customer wants his shoddy boat refurbished. There are dozens of books full of a thousand different colors and textures. Miami has three new options, all comprising different elements and various price points, geared towards your customer’s preference.
    Platinum is a marine grade polyurethane, but priced like a marine... more
  • Innovation can be viewed as the act of introducing something new into the marketplace. Examples can be found everywhere. The iPod and iTunes changed the way we purchase and listen to music - innovations that are responsible for the CD’s demise. For the awning industry, the staple system allowed companies to by-pass sewing and to fabricate an... more

  • Celebrating its 90th year as a leading distributor of marine interior and exterior products, as well as awning fabrics, The Miami Corporation has extended its offering of marine toppings to include Heritage™, Nautimar™ and Nautiplus™.

    A mid-weight product, weighing only nine ounces, Heritage is 100 percent woven polyester with acrylic... more

  • What do awnings or boat covers have to do with Destination Imagination?

    Based on the mission of a non-profit organization, Destination Imagination programs offer students the opportunity to solve open-ended "challenges" that incorporate STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), the arts, and service learning disciplines.... more

  • Getting tops to fit correctly with the proper tension requires an even pull of the fabric fore and aft. Our drawing illustrates the fabric terminology associated with a roll of fabric.

    • Warp - Fibers that run lengthwise and are tightly stretched in the weaving process. These fibers have very little if any stretch.
    • Weft - The... more
  • 1.) Review the shop and get organized.

    Think of shop improvements to make your season go more smoothly. Maybe that means getting your ordering process online, so you can order from the road; or developing a new way to handle customer information; or reviewing your shop layout to move projects through the space more... more


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