Fabricators Conference and Showcase—Fall 2019 held in Seattle, Wash. USA motivated, educated and energized attendees. The one and a half day event featured a shop tour followed by a networking event at Rainier Industries Ltd., along with a full day of education and time to meet with showcase suppliers at the Crowne Plaza Seattle Airport Hotel. Participants came together to share experiences, challenges and industry knowledge with other attendees via round table discussions.
“Attending the Fabricators Conference was well worth the time invested. Meeting and talking with other business owners in a similar field, discussing topics from manufacturing processes to employee training issues, allows you to return to your own shop motivated to try new techniques and processes.” Matt Guthrie, SuperiAire Technologies, Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA).
Education sessions included how to design and incorporate shade sails, learning about foam types and its numbering system, an overview of digital patterning and cutting, along with an afternoon devoted to sewing proficiency, automated machines and machine maintenance.
“Fabricator’s Conference was a fantastic event, with great training, resources and networking. I brought my entire staff up for the conference, and they came away with a greater understanding of the products that they make and the industry that they work in, along with instruction on new techniques that they can directly apply in their workflow today.” Amy Poe, Wyckam, Portland, Oregon (USA).
The conference featured a tour of Rainier Industries Ltd’s headquarters in Tukwila, Wash. Throughout the show, attendees buzzed about how they were blown away with Rainier’s diversified product line, overall structure and their personal story. Attendees were inspired to apply what they learned from the shop tour in their own shops.
“Starting with a tour of a respected manufacturing facility was a great way to put people in a mindset of growth and success, imagining what they could achieve with the right approach.” Jonathan Palmer, Autometrix Inc., Grass Valley, California (USA).
Save the Date for Fabricators Conference and Showcase—Spring 2020
Mark your calendar now! Fabricators Conference and Showcase—Spring 2020 will be held at the Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel in Jacksonville, Fla. USA, on April 31–May 1, 2020. For more information, visit www.IFAI.com/fabricatorsconference/spring . Watch for registration to open in February 2020.
Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is a member-owned, member-driven trade association representing the global industrial fabrics industry since 1912. IFAI invests more than $8 million each year to advance the industry and support member companies. IFAI provides members with relevant information, sourcing solutions and networking opportunities to sustain and grow their business.