Industry News

Consisting of builders, dealers, marinas, parts and accessories makers and sellers and the trade groups that serve them, the marine industry is a sprawling and colorful collection of companies and people. From the number and type of boats it sells to its advocacy for the rights of boaters to enjoy their recreation on pollution-free waters, using fuel that doesn't damage their engines, the industry makes news in many ways.

NMMA CSI report touts success of certified dealers

Boat dealers that were Marine Industry Certified Dealerships received higher customer satisfaction scores than those without certification, according to recent data collected by the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Customer Satisfaction Index program.

Bluefin LED adds East Coast sales rep

Bluefin LED, a U.K.-based manufacturer of underwater lighting, named Guilford, Conn.-based Ocean Marketing to represent its products on the East Coast.

Appeals court denies challenge to E15 rule

The latest court case over labeling E15 was thrown out Tuesday because the industries bringing the complaint, including the recreational boating industry, can’t show people have been harmed as a result of the misfueling regulation.

NMEA hands out product awards

Marine electronics experts named 11 products in nine categories as winners of the 2014 National Marine Electronics Association Product Awards.

Coast Guard Foundation will honor former commandant

The Coast Guard Foundation is set to honor the retired admiral who oversaw search-and-rescue operations after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was the incident commander after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Bonnier acquires event producer

Bonnier Corp. acquired The Promotion Company-Family Events, a sporting event organizer and producer outside Indianapolis.

Gekko Sports adds 13 new dealers

Gekko Sports Corp. said its 2015 model lineup was met with enthusiasm at its recent dealer meeting in Minneapolis and the company signed 13 new dealers.

U.S. manufacturing weathers global volatility

Isolated cases of Ebola in the United States and slow growth in Europe have caused investor concern, but U.S. manufacturing has shown resilience despite the fears, with output increasing 3.7 percent in the last 12 months — doubling from its 1.5 percent rate in January.

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