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-Kathy Schaefer
Finding and retaining skilled workers
is a challenge across IFAI divisions.
What IFAI or industry-wide efforts are
helping to address that challenge?
We have been working to address the
challenge of skilled workers for some
time through the activities of the Maker's
Division, video education, the Textile
Career Center and grants from the
Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF). In
addition, member companies are hiring
interns and students, and nurturing those
relationships until they're in a position to
be hired full time.
What about this industry makes you
optimistic? What developments are
you most excited about?
Technology is affecting communication
and the way we do business in
unprecedented ways. Even so, we all
need to connect with individuals and
companies with similar goals. IFAI
provides that connection. Events such as
IFAI Expo, regional workshops, divisionspeci ic conferences and summits will
always be relevant venues for learning
about new products and networking
with professionals on every point of the
specialty fabrics supply chain.
With regard to speci ic developments,
smart fabrics are here now, but the future
will hold things we can't even imagine.
Also, members of IFAI's Geosynthetics
division are involved with projects
such as textiles with sensors to detect
underground leakage. Our industry will
evolve, and I am excited and optimistic
about this.

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ith heavy hearts, we write this letter of recognition. We have
recently heard of the passing of Jed Johnson from Anchor

Industries. Jed was one of the first professional contacts we made
when we entered this business. He will always be known to us as
one of the kindest, warmest and most welcoming men we've ever
had the pleasure to meet. When our family started in this industry,
we were overwhelmed with all the products and possibilities. Jed
steadily became our go-to guy. He always had a solution to our
problems and was always willing to go the extra mile, take the time
to help, and understand our needs. He always had what we needed
and got it to us quickly. When you did business with Jed, you felt
like you were doing business with a friend. Whether you were a big
fish or a little fish, Jed treated everyone equally, and to a small but
growing business it was very much respected and acknowledged
on our end. As Thomas Campbell wrote, "To live in the hearts we
leave behind is not to die." Jed's good nature and kind spirit will live
on with the Hank Parker's team and with the Berardi family.
Warmest regards,
Hank Parker's Party and Tent Rental
The Berardi Family

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