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EXPO 2022

We are very excited to be together again and have another great conference and expo planned.

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Thursday, January 20-

5:30 - 8:30PM Networking Event with Exhibitor Giveaways at Pease Awning in Warwick 

Friday, January 21-

7:30 - 9:30 am | Registration Table Open

9:00 - 3:45pm | Marine and Awning Conference Seminars (see full list below) 

7:30 - 9:30 am | Breakfast

10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Registration Table Open

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch

2:00 -  4:00 pm | Registration Table Open

6:00 - 10:30 pm | Warwick Bruins Hockey Game- watch game from Private Viewing Deck

Saturday, January 22- Expo Day: see who's exhibiting here

8:00 am - 2:00 pm Registration Table Open

8:30 - 9:00 am NECPA Annual Board Meeting - All are Welcome

9:00 am - 2:00pm Expos and Demos

Friday, January 21, 2022

Marine Track – Powered by IFAI/MFA

9:00 - 10:00 am  

Sewing Machine Workshop

Presenter Sam Sloan, Sloan Machinery Co. 

In his 40 years in the industry, Sam Sloan has presented several sewing machine workshops. For this session, Sloan will cover threading a walking foot sewing machine, cleaning, how to make simple adjustments and demonstrate a binding technique. Attendees will watch this live virtual presentation in the classroom with close-up views and ability to interact with the presenter.


10:15 - 11:20 am

Standards In Action

Presenter: Justin Jones, SewLong Custom Covers

No two custom boat covers, or dodgers are the same, but the way your shop finishes them should be. Justin Jones will share with you how you can standardize your products from start to finish. He will share Sewlong's "Standard Boards" and how they catalog and document every aspect of a cover from the pattern to the install. Attendees will watch this live virtual presentation in the classroom with close up views and will have the ability to interact with presenter.


11:30 am - Noon

High Pressure Steamer Demo

Presenters: Katie Bradford, IFM, MFC, Custom Marine Canvas and Tonya Ricketts, The Canvas Lady

Using a high-pressure steamer is a great tool for removing glued foam off boards or softening vinyl for upholstery. We’ll demonstrate this technique in this hands-on demo.    

(lunch break at noon) 

Awning Track – Powered by IFAI/PAMA

10:00 - 10:45 am

The Evolution and Revolution of Graphics

 Presenters: Derek Robinson, Fabric Tattoo and Mike VonWachenfeldt, Fabric Ingenuity

The evolution and revolution of graphics on textiles for awnings, banners and advertisement progressed in the 70’s and 80’s. It started out with humble beginnings of simple graphics - painted graphics onto vinyl coated fabrics and onto acrylic painted (coated) cotton duck fabrics, which later grew into silk screening and screen printing. With the progression of the backlit market came the first revolution of cut vinyl lettering and eradicable graphics where eradication ink coated vinyl and spraying color with an added UV protective topcoat took off. Additional cut vinyl lettering, but now “new” with pressure sensitive films continued to evolve and came into vogue in the early 2000’s with existing heat transfer equipment.  By 2010 urethane films with thermal activated adhesive were added to the mix. Let’s talk about these methods in use today and what’s brand new, very exciting and available now and on the horizon for the future.


11:00 am - Noon

Panel Discussion on Parklets

Panelists: Fire Marshal Ron Anstey, Fire Protection Specialist, Ron Anstey, CBO, CFI, CFPS, CFEI, Mark Horton, Atlantic Awning, and Stefanie Vanderbeck, SV Design and Consulting, SV Designs

A trend for outdoor street dining, known as parklets, began to emerge when social distancing regulations went into effect. Restaurant owners struggled to keep their businesses running and looked for solutions beyond their walls. While parklets may have begun as a temporary solution, it does appear that parklets are expected to continue in the future. In this panel discussion, we’ll look at the manufacturing of parklets, installation and supply needs, and expected changes for parklet codes in 2022.

(lunch break at noon) 

Combined Sessions – Powered by IFAI MFA/PAMA

1:00 - 1:45 pm

Cleaning Awnings and Other Outdoor Fabrics

Presenter: Scott Massey, Awning Cleaning Industries 

Why would cleaning awnings be something positive to add to our service offerings? When awning cleaning is switched to awning maintenance the work becomes easier, more profitable and the fabric looks good all the time. Scott Massey will share what you need to know before getting started.


2:00 - 2:45 pm

Interviewing and Hiring Best Practices for Small Businesses

Presenter: Gary J. Convertino, Ed.D., SHRM-CP/PHR, CPC, Executive HR Consultant and Coach/ 3P HR Consulting & Coaching

This abridged “A to Z” presentation will help small business owners navigate the process of hiring and retaining an employee.  This easy-to-understand overview presentation covers:

  • What do you know about interviewing?  Come find out!
  • Developing a job description and posting a job
  • The foundation of a good interview
  • Steps to ensure a legal, compliant, and sound interview process
  • Onboarding a new employee
  • They’re hired.  Now what?
  •  Q & A


3:00 - 3:45 pm

Lean Manufacturing

Kristy Grignon, MassMEP

In lean manufacturing the main goal is to optimize your production and response times to customers.  MassMEP is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping small and mid-sized companies to improve efficiencies and achieve growth through lean manufacturing.  Let’s look at the resources available and tools for operational excellence, workforce strategies and innovation.


Bainbridge Booths 38/39
Bruin Plastics Booth 29
Challenge Sailcloth Booth 21
The Cooley Group Booth 22
Datum Booth 26
Eastern Awnings Booths 5/6
Ennis Fabrics Booth 7
Futureguard- SummerSpace  Booths 24/25
Herculite/ Strataglass  Booth 10
Keyston Bros  Booth 15
L.I.F.E. Booth 11
Marlen Textiles  Booth 1
Miami Corporation   Booths 2/3
National Fittings Booth 19
Quality Thread and Notions  Booths 16/17
Rainer Industries Booth 34
Recasens USA Booth 13
Robeco Booth 12
Serge Farrari Booth 31
Sattler Corp Booth 40
Sigma Engineering Systems  Booth 30
Sloan Machinery Company  Booths 16/17
Sonco Pipe and Tube  Booth 23
Sunbrella  Booths 32/33
Trivantage  Booths 8/9
Weathermax Booth 20


  This was my first trade related gathering and it was so affirming to be among a group of people that were of like mind and focus. The networking was wonderful and I loved being able to talk the awning language with so many experienced professionals. The expo package was a bargain for all that was offered, including good food! What a bonus. The museum venue was an added bonus...   

- Suzan Muldown, Montana Custom Awnings






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What You'll Find

Our Annual Conference and Expo provides a peek into the latest and greatest products and services for the awning and marine canvas industry. Meet over 50 vendors at our Expo and learn the latest techniques and best industry practices during our conference seminar tracks.  The weekend is also filled with many networking events that you'll surely find both entertaining and productive!

Who Should Attend?

Any professional working in or serving the awning and outdoor fabric industry should attend our annual Awning and Marine Canvas Products Show.  Manufacturers, distributors, fabricators, retailers and service providers all attend our conference and expo to see the latest innovations, gain new insights, and connect with business colleagues both old and new.


NECPA Cancellation policy – Attendees and Exhibitors

Cancellations made before December 20th 2021 will receive a 50% refund to the original debit/credit card used for registration. Notifications should be emailed to by this date. No refunds of any kind will be given for cancellations made after December 20th 2021. Cancellations of hotel reservations and/or transportation are the sole responsibility of attendees and/or exhibitors. NECPA is not liable for any charges incurred.

NECPA is a non-profit organization and we thank you for your support of the NECPA Annual Expo.

Whether you are a manufacturer, distributor, fabricator, retailer or service provider, the NECPA would love to have you join us! Find out more about our organization, or join today.
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