2020 Outstanding Volunteer Award Recipients announced

November 12, 2020

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is very fortunate to have so many volunteers who give of themselves selflessly, helping every day by serving on different boards, task forces and committees. These volunteers judge competitions, provide education and impassioned leadership to others day-in and day-out. To acknowledge their service, IFAI developed a program in 2012 called …

2020 Honored Life Member Award Recipient announced

Honored Life Member status for Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is designed for individuals who have shown a commitment to the association. Honored Life Membership is bestowed by special request only, and at the discretion of the IFAI Board of Directors to candidates based on the following criteria: Meritorious or outstanding work accomplished for the …

Meet the Newly Elected and Re-elected 2021 IFAI Board of Directors

Each year, Industrial Fabrics Association International’s (IFAI) Leadership Development Committee follows a detailed process outlined in our bylaws for electing board members. It is IFAI’s pleasure to announce the newly elected and re-elected individuals who were chosen to serve on the 2021 IFAI Board of Directors. Newly Elected Directors Jennifer Fennell, Polo Custom ProductsJennifer Fennell …

Conceptual fabric artist Christo dies

June 2, 2020

Christo, an artist known for wrapping landmarks around the world with massive fabric installations, died Sunday at his home in New York City. The Bulgarian-born artist who used only his first name was 84; no cause of death was given. Christo’s plans for wrapping Paris’s Arc de Triomphe with 269,097 square feet of recyclable polypropylene fabric …

Seaman Corp. names Jeff Swartz chief executive officer

April 21, 2020

Seaman Corporation, a family-owned business headquartered in Wooster, Ohio, has announced that its board of directors has selected Jeff Swartz as its new chief executive officer. Swartz will replace John Crum, who is retiring after 18 years at Seaman, including the last five as CEO. Swartz is a veteran of the building products industry, having …

Industry veteran Steve Toth retires

January 22, 2020

After 36 years in the textile industry Steve Toth will be retiring from his position at Ennis Fabrics as regional sales manager, specialty division. Over his career, Toth has served on the board for numerous industry associations. Currently, Toth is a director on IFAI’s PAMA board. “From the beginning, Steve’s customer service philosophy and values …

Glen Raven announces new chief marketing officer

August 13, 2019

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, makers of Sunbrella®, announced the hiring of Steve Pawl as its first chief marketing officer. Pawl has a track record of developing growth strategies and strengthening brands for global companies including Husqvarna Group, Fruit of the Loom, Newell Brands and Pfizer. He will direct the global brand strategy, positioning and activation …

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 …

2017 IFAI Board of Directors election results announced

November 1, 2017

IFAI’s immediate past chairman Katie Bradford, MFC, IFM, reported the results of this year’s call for candidates at IFAI Expo 2017 in September in New Orleans, La. The following positions were announced: Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC, is IFAI’s 52nd chairman of the board. Kathy Schaefer, IFM, owner and CFO of Glawe Awning and …

Gant retires as Glen Raven CEO

Allen Gant Jr. has retired as CEO of textile manufacturer Glen Raven Inc., with C.G. “Leib” Oehmig IV, a 28-year veteran of Glen Raven, stepping in as his successor. Gant will remain chairman of the company’s operating board. Gant joined Glen Raven in 1971 and was named CEO in 1996. Gant announced in 2013 that …