New IFAI member benefits

January 24, 2019

IFAI has created new member benefits over the past year. For more information about each benefit, visit https://www.ifai.com/membership/member-benefits/.   Marine Fabricators Business Insurance The Marine Fabricators Business Insurance program is tailored to MFA division members and their unique risks and exposures. The best in practice program offers these insurance lines with competitive pricing: * Property—property …

Retractableawnings.com add new features to website

January 18, 2019

Retractableawnings.com® recently added an infographic to its website as a new feature to educate customers on retractable fabric awnings. This feature explains the value that retractable awnings add to a home or business, and the savings they can provide via utilities bills, 20 fast facts about retractable awnings, faq’s about retractable awnings, retractable awning features, and other …

Longtime Hoigaard’s sales manager passes away

January 14, 2019

Michael J. O’Toole, a sales manager at Hoigaard’s Custom Canvas and Awning, Plymouth, Minn., has passed away. O’Toole worked for Hoigaard’s for more than 50 years. More information about O’Toole is available here. Hoigaard’s, an awning manufacturer, was founded more than 120 years ago and was one of fourteen companies that founded Industrial Fabrics Association …

2019 Fabric Architecture Specifier’s Guide opens soon

January 9, 2019

The 2019 Fabric Architecture Specifier’s Guide is a one-stop guide for architects, designers and fabricators. This guide features the versatility and reliability of fabric, whether your focus is on awnings and canopies or air, tent and tensile structures. The guide highlights products, services, supplier directories and detailed specifier guides. Make sure you are part of …

A dazzling duo: indoor fabrics and lighting

January 1, 2019

Fabrics have always been an essential component in commercial interior spaces. But, historically, their inclusion has been limited to more conventional roles, such as draperies and curtains, or flexible room dividers. With some exceptions, fabrics were not intended to serve as a focus in and of themselves. That has changed—decidedly. Fabrics are now looked to …

The development of the membrane structure industry in China

In past decades, with the rapid development of the Chinese economy, noticeable progress has been made for both theoretical research and practical applications of spatial structures in China. New forms of shell and spatial structures have been used in sports facilities, convention and exhibition centers, hangars, manufacturing plants and warehouses. Membrane structures, with the unique …

Motorized shades for customer comfort

People often agree that a meal tastes better outdoors. That’s why restaurant patios never go out of style. Not only is it enjoyable for patrons, the restaurant benefits from a larger service area with more tables. Princi Italia, a casual dining spot in West Plano, Texas, is one of three locations owned and operated by …

2018 OFPANZ Awards for Excellence winners

Twelve projects were recognized as winners of the 2018 Awards for Excellence competition hosted by The Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ). The Awards for Excellence offers OFPANZ members a chance to showcase design excellence, technical skills and innovation to other members and the industry. Entries are judged by appearance/workmanship, complexity, design/innovation, and …

New game apps teach safe lifting and materials handling practices

The Center for Construction Research and Training, an OSHA Alliance Program participant, has launched a number of new safety resources, including free game apps to help educate employees on how to prevent injuries that result from manually lifting and moving heavy materials. Lifting heavy items is one of the leading causes of injury in the …