MFA National Convention the largest in over a decade

STUART, Fla. – The largest Marine Fabricators Association National Convention in more than a decade was held Jan. 13-15 in Stuart, Fla., reported the Industrial Fabricators Association International in its most recent newsletter.

There were over 100 fabricator attendees with full registration and an additional 50 VIP passes were issued for fabricators who came to walk the show floor, which featured 35 exhibiting companies, according to the association.

MFA Division Director Beth Hungiville said that "many exhibitors and attendees commented that this was our best show ever!"

During the convention, the development of a new MFA consumer boating Web site, which will launch in the beginning of March, was announced. The home page will feature a two-minute video starring television personality John Greviskis, star of "Ship Shape TV," now in its 12th year (airing on Speedvision Network, Public Television, and regional networks including Fox Sports Net and Comcast Sports, along with a classic show on Sun Sports), the association reported.

Another convention record was set with 130 entries in the MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards – the largest participation in eight years – with over 20 awards given out. In addition, three people tested for certification--two Certified Craftsmen (CC) and one Master Fabric Craftsman (MFC).

A crew videotaped the pre-convention sessions and all the seminars, which will be available for purchase in the near future on the MFA website, the association added.

The MFA Excellence Award winners, the certification announcements and the "MFA National Convention Highlights and Wrap-up" will be featured on the MFA Web site and in the March/April issue of Marine Fabricator magazine.

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