The Top 10 Things We Learned at NECPA 2017

The entire NECPA event staff and board were thrilled with the level of attendance and enthusiasm at this year’s event. As we reflect back on our time in Springfield, our board members noted many of the same interesting developments and observations. Here is our collective top ten "Things We Learned" at NECPA 2017:

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. 

Event Recap: The New Face of the IFAI Expo

I attended the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo last week in North Carolina with several other members of the board of directors. I’ve attended IFAI for the past 10 years and  was pleasantly surprised by all of the positive changes that were evident at this year’s event. Ed Keough, NECPA Board Member was there as an exhibitor with his company Futureguard Building Products. He had this to say: 

Be Part of a Global Effort: The Recycle and Repurpose Collection

Scott Massey, NECPA Board Member and owner/president of Awning Cleaning Industries (ACI) and APCO Products of New Haven, CT, is at the forefront of an effort to recycle and repurpose the thousands of pounds of post-production fabric scraps and worn out awnings and marine fabrics our industry produces every day. Through his efforts, the Recycle and Repurpose Collection ensures that materials, that in the past, would simply languish in a landfill, are now being put to use in a multitude of ways.

Benefits of Attending the Entire 2017 NECPA Expo

These days, everyone has a preference for interacting in their daily lives. My son wants to do all communication via the internet and I prefer the phone. Our administrative assistant extols the virtues of mobile bank deposits, while  I like to go into the bank branch. No one way is best and much of the disagreement is admittedly generational.  I am not completely technologically naive ; I send emails, automated work orders and invoices. We have an aggressive email marketing program. The source of the disagreement is based more on a philosophical difference.

Vendors, Sponsors, Attendees - It’s Time to Get Ready for NECPA 2017!

Fold up your beach umbrella and dust off those sandy toes, it’s time to start planning for the NECPA Annual Meeting & Expo 2017!Big changes are coming to this year’s event, not the least of which is holding the show a WEEK EARLIER this coming year. Please mark your calendars now:NECPA 2017Springfield, MassMutual CenterJanuary 12-14

And That’s a Wrap - the NECPA 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo is a Success on Many Fronts

Despite some rough weather hitting some of our members in southern New England and the  mid-Atlantic area, the NECPA 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo was still an outstanding regional event. Members from around the region and suppliers from across the globe came to experience the exciting educational sessions, hands-on demos and amazing networking opportunities.

Multiple Industry Events Kickoff the Start of a Strong Year for the Awning and Marine Canvas Industries

January and February have been chock-full of events for the canvas industry and I’m finding myself on a whirlwind tour to connect with as many canvas professionals as I can in the next several weeks. We kicked off the year with the  Marine Fabricators Conference in January, where we got insight into the latest innovations and business strategies for the marine canvas industry. The NECPA Annual Meeting and Expo followed shortly after and was filled with exciting sessions, hands-on demos and the first ever LiveStream of the event!

Help Us Jump Start Our 6th Annual Recycle and Repurpose Collection

Please bring your scrap and used fabric, small or large, and be a part of our 6th annual Recycle and Repurpose Collection at the NECPA Conference and Expo, January 21-23, 2016. Add your company to the growing list of NECPA members who are creating a “greener” North East by donating leftover and used fabric to this grass roots collection drive.

Lean Manufacturing Experts Top List of Panelists for the NECPA 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo

Springfield, MA (PRWeb) December 29, 2015Leading Industry Event Provides Vital Learning Opportunities for Awning and Marine Professionals at North East Canvas Products Association Event.


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