Dive into the MFA Great Lakes Regional Workshop Schedule

MFA Great Lakes Regional Workshop

Sept 11, 2023

Registration is now open for the MFA Great Lakes Regional Workshop hosted by ATA’s Marine Fabricators Association (MFA). This workshop takes place Nov. 17–18 at Chicago Marine Canvas in Chicago, IL USA. This event offers exclusive educational opportunities as well as hands-on training in a shop setting. View the full schedule here and register today.






Thursday, Nov. 16
On your own–Dinner Meetup
In town early? Stop by and grab some dinner or a drink with your colleagues. Details TBD.
*Food and Drinks for this pre-event gathering are not provided. All aspects are on your own.*

Friday, Nov. 17
8–9 pm| Registration Open / Continental Breakfast
Pick up your badge and schedule.

9–11:30 am | Enclosures: Part 1
A hands-on exploration patterning and preparing a digital pattern for a bimini top and window panels. We will discuss and fabricate windows from polycarbonate, pressed polished and rolled glass materials.

11:30 am–noon | Shop Safety 101
Discuss basic steps that every shop can take to ensure a safe workspace

noon–1 pm | Lunch and Tabletop Exhibits

1–1:30 pm | Shop Trucks
Check out some of the tricks of the trade while you are on the road.

1:30–2:30 pm| Plotting Table
See Chicago Marine Canvas’s two different cutting tables prepare the bimini fabric.

2:45–4:30 pm | Enclosures: Part 2
Sewing processes and fitting of the bimini top and different types of window panels.

4:30–5:30 pm | Table Exhibits and Refreshments
Grow your network and meet the exhibitors.

Saturday, Nov. 18

8–9 am | Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Giveaways
Start your morning with a continental breakfast with friends and a shot at some fabulous prizes.

9–10 am | Sewing Machines
Hand on display of Chicago Marine Canvas’s straight stitch, double needle, long arm, embroidery and many more specialty sewing machines.

10 am–noon | Upholstery

Evening | Lights Festival
Sticking around on Saturday night? Maybe doing a little holiday shopping before you head home? You may want to check out the Lights Festival happening near the suggested hotel locations on the “Magnificent Mile”. More info here

*Schedule subject to change.

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