Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 32

A CENTURY OF SUCCESS

N E C PA
Lessons from four member
companies that have survived
for a century and continue to thrive.

I

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 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."
NECPA board member Stefanie Vanderbeck agrees: "You make so many friends there
and everyone is so collaborative and so willing to say, 'Hey, this is what I do in my shop,
and that really worked well. Tell me what your problem is again-let me try to help you
think it through.'"
"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 four NECPA members and their companies have
endured over time.

32 REVIEW JULY 2020

0720RV_p32-38.indd 32

6/19/20 11:16 AM



Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020

Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - Cover1
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - Cover2
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 1
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 2
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 3
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 4
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 5
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 6
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 7
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 8
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 9
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 10
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 11
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 12
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 13
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 14
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 15
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 16
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 17
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 18
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 19
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 20
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 21
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 22
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 23
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 24
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 25
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 26
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 27
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 28
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 29
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 30
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 31
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 32
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 33
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 34
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 35
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 36
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 37
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 38
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 39
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 40
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 41
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 42
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 43
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 44
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 45
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 46
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 47
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - 48
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - Cover3
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - Cover4
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - IFAI Expo Brochure 1
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - IFAI Expo Brochure 2
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - IFAI Expo Brochure 3
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - IFAI Expo Brochure 4
Specialty Fabrics Review July 2020 - IFAI Expo Brochure 5
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-october-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ata/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-september-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-august-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-july-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-june-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-buyers-guide-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-may-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-april-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-march-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-february-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-january-2022
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-december-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-november-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-october-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-september-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-august-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-july-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-june-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-buyers-guide-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-may-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-april-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-march-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/specialty-fabrics-review-february-2021
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0121RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/1220RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/1120RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/1020RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0920RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0820RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0720RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0620RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/RVBG20
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0520RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0420RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0320RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0220RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0120RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/1219RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/1119RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/1019RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0919RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0819RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0719RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0619RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/RVBG19
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0519RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0419RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0319RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0219RV_Feb
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0119RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/1218RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/1118RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/1018RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0918RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0818RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0718RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0618RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0518RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/RVBG18
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0418RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0318RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0218RV
https://www.nxtbook.com/ifai/specialtyfabricsreview/0118RV
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com