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.

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.

Mold and Mildew... Separating Fact from Fiction

There are many misnomers out there about mold and mildew. What causes it? What damage can it do? How do I get rid of it? This month's article dispels the myths and provides information about the prevention tips for outdoor fabrics.

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.

Marine Contractor Survival Tips

Marine fabricators always know that Spring is in the air as boatyards emit the droning hum of sanders. It is almost hypnotic that hummmm and it signals the promise that the boating season is to start soon! So start your season right with these Marine Contractor Survival Tips...

All About Binding Cutouts

At Hood Canvas we use binders large and small in all our canvas fabrications. Some fabricators we know apply smaller edge bindings by hand around corners and get excellent results. Every shop has their method of applying edge bindings around cut outs, but it can be difficult, especially for new fabricators. In this article we are going to show you our method of binding around the corners of a cutout using an inexpensive straight binder.

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