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n January 2020, the North East Canvas Products
Association (NECPA), a trade organization for
the canvas and outdoor fabric industry, marked
its 100th anniversary. Members celebrated at its
annual conference with a gala and by touring a
"museum" showcasing historical artifacts.
As an affiliated zone of Industrial Fabrics Association
International (IFAI), the organization is unique in
numerous ways. One is its location in the densely
populated Northeast, which allows for short travel times
for most members attending meetings.
Another key to its longevity is its annual convention
and free expo, which typically attracts 250-350 visitors.
The organization itself has about 120 active members.
The friendliness of the group is another huge draw.
Katie Bradford, MFC, owner of Custom Marine Canvas,
Noank, Conn., says it's a friendly and passionate
group. "People can't wait to share new techniques with
each other, new sources of material. Our seminars are
real lively. You have someone in the front of the room
giving the seminar but then you have the free exchange
of information from everyone in the audience."
"These relationships we create by going to these
meetings have definitely, by far, made the industry a
stronger place," says Scott Massey, owner of Awning
Cleaning Industries, New Haven, Conn., and longtime NECPA board member.
In light of the current challenges facing textile
industries in the U.S. and around the world, here's a
brief look at how several NECPA members and their
companies have endured over time.

Sharing knowledge,
fostering community
and growing the industry
have been goals of the
North East Canvas Products
Association (NECPA) since
its inception in 1920.
NECPA celebrated its
centennial at its January
expo by looking back at
history, including these
photos of Astrup Co. (now
Trivantage®), founded in
1876. Photos: Trivantage LLC.

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