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Still something left in the tank

When Jerry Nessenson says he is retiring, he’s using the term somewhat loosely. The founder of ValvTect Petroleum Products might be leaving the company, but he will continue as a consultant to fuel and gasoline marketers and distributors with his new firm and plans to maintain a presence in the marine industry.

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Q&A with NMMA VP of federal and legal affairs Nicole Vasilaros

Ethanol, trade deals, workforce shortages, saltwater fishing access — there isn’t a boating issue you can toss at Nicole Vasilaros that she isn’t well versed on. Chances are, she’s already had multiple conversations about it with members of Congress as she lobbies on behalf of the industry on Capitol Hill.

Attendance at boat shows has been picking up and dealers are happy with their results.

The recovery is getting legs

Though the scars of recessions past continue to linger with businesses as well as consumers, the industry seems poised at the midway point of the year to have a pretty solid 2016 if the current trajectory continues.

Dominion Marine Media thinks boat companies could enhance their Internet presence by more specifically reaching their target audience.

Turn your .com into .boats?

Even those lacking Internet savvy know that .com is the most common domain suffix and have come to expect it in nearly every Web address — with a few exceptions, such as .org or .gov. But a new ability to register more specific domain names could change that.

Brunswick outlines three-year growth plan

Brunswick Corp. expects growth of 7 to 9 percent between 2016 and 2018 and anticipates that the gain will come from continued industry growth, investment in new products and investments in additional acquisitions around its marine parts and accessories business, as well as its fitness business.

Few gasoline stations sell non-ethanol fuel. This one is in Florida.

House members question EPA on ethanol increase

In a letter sent to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, 45 members of the House of Representatives questioned the agency about what it has done to protect boat owners and other small-engine equipment consumers from accidentally misfueling with E15 and higher blends of ethanol.

This 36-foot center console has helped EdgeWater Boats drive demand and contribut-ed to the company’s recent growth in workforce and capacity.

EdgeWater Boats expands workforce and facility

EdgeWater Boats, seeing its third successive year of double-digit growth, expanded its Florida facility by 22,000 square feet and beefed up its workforce by 20 percent to meet growing demand.

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