Are you an auto upholstery industry manufacturer, wholesaler or supplier interested in meeting and doing business with other companies like yours? Then attend next month’s ”Upholstery and Trim International Convention” in San Diego, California.
Whether you’re opening a new auto upholstery shop or reorganizing your current one to maximize space, check out the latest “Interior Insights” article by Harry Weimann – director of education at WyoTech Blairsville and owner of Weimann’s Interiors – in the September issue of Performance & Hotrod Business magazine.
The piece, titled “Shop Dynamics: Setting up the trim shop for efficiency and profit,” gives a fantastic overview of everything you’ll need to know — from what tools to buy to where to place them in order to ensure productivity.
We’ve seen some terrible DIY convertible tops, but the folks over at Top Gear win first prize for the worst of all time.
Back in 2009, they chopped the top off a Renault Espace minivan to create their own retractable soft top. The result was comical (to says the least), but the real fun didn’t start until they were challenged to put it through its paces.
The 2014 SEMA Show is less than three months away. As you make final preparations to showcase your products and services, tune in to SEMA’s free online seminar — today at 10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT — hosted by show director Tom Gattuso. It’ll tell you everything you need to know for a successful showcase.
Last March, we challenged The Hog Ring community to “move beyond traditional diamond pleats.” Since then, trimmers from all over the globe have emailed us photos of their own unique takes on the age-old stitch pattern. We’ve seen long tails, double long tails, single columns and even a few other awesome oddball designs.
However, no one has quite met the challenge like Carlex Design — which thought so far outside the box on this one that they crafted an entire interior to resemble the classic geometric shape of a diamond gemstone.
One of the greatest pleasures for me in running The Hog Ring is the opportunity to speak with auto trimmers and shop owners from around the world and learn how they got their start in our highly specialized craft.
I recently spoke with Jimmy Compton, a retired U.S. Army veteran, who told me all about his new-found career in auto upholstery and his shop, Compton Custom Interiors, an up-and-coming hot rod interior shop making a strong name for itself in Fort Worth, Texas, and far beyond.