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Upholstery & Trim International Council to join ATA
T
he Advanced Textiles Association
(formerly IFAI) announced that the
Upholstery & Trim Group (UTG) with its
members are joining the ATA.
UTG membership is comprised of
manufacturers and distributors of
fabrics and accessories for applications
in the automotive, marine, industrial and
contract markets.
" We are so glad to have the Upholstery
UTG is comprised of manufacturers
and distributors of fabrics and
accessories for automotive, marine,
industrial and contract markets.
& Trim Group and its members joining
ATA, " says Steve Schiffman, ATA CEO and
president. " The opportunity to integrate
UTG companies into ATA's existing
divisions just makes sense and allows
us to have a deeper connection to the
upholstery and trim markets. Former UTG
members will receive full membership
beneits and value as ATA members. "
According to Brian Joyner, chairman
of the Upholstery and Trim Group,
UTG's mission is to protect and advance
the interests of businesses providing
aftermarket products and services
to all their markets. UTG educates,
informs, serves and provides networking
opportunities for companies that
manufacture or distribute interior and
exterior fabrics, associated hardware and
other specialty products.
" The Upholstery & Trim Group is
extremely excited to join forces with ATA, "
says Joyner. " After an extensive search
process, ATA emerged as the clear winner.
It is a well-run organization and offers
many unique beneits to its members.
Our executive committee felt that it will
add tremendous value to our members.
We are looking forward to a long-term
partnership, starting with our annual
convention in Las Vegas in November. "
UTG's annual convention focuses
on building relationships between the
premier trim wholesalers and exhibitors
in the auto industry. This year's Upholstery
& Trim Annual Convention is scheduled
for November at the Westgate Las Vegas
Resort and Casino.
In memoriam
Frederick " Fred " Dupy
F
rederick " Fred " Dupy, 69, of Round Rock, Texas, died
May 15, 2022, in Austin, Texas, after a courageous,
but brief battle with cancer. Dupy was the president of
American Party Rental in Austin, Texas. All who knew
him share the same sentiment: He had a huge heart and
never let an obstacle get in the way of his fervent desire
to help those in the rental industry. Fred's generous giving
spirit and his professional inluence on the rental industry
landscape remains signiicant. He served multiple terms
as president of the Texas Rental Association, was named
TRA Person of the Year in 2013 and was awarded the
Distinguished Service Award by the American Rental
Association in 2018.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be
shared at cookwaldencapitalparks.com for the Dupy family.
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Thomas " Tom " Robert Fridley
T
homas " Tom " Robert Fridley, age 69, of Waynesville,
Ohio, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2022,
surrounded by his family. Passionate about business,
he had a 35-year career at Glawe Awnings and Tents in
Dayton, Ohio, before retiring in 2011 as part-owner and
VP of the awning division. Fridley was on the IFAI Board
of Directors from 1990-2003, and chairman from 2000-
2001. He was appointed an Honored Life Member in 2006.
He also served on the Board of Directors of the Industrial
Fabrics Foundation, the executive committee of the Miami
Valley Better Business Bureau and as president of Zone
7 Canvas Products. After retiring, he continued to serve
customers by founding TF Serging LLC, which provided
serging and other carpet services.
Condolences may be shared at stubbsconner.com.
http://www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com http://www.stubbsconner.com

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