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From factory openings to production milestones to the launch of new boats, the marine industry makes news in numerous ways. Trade Only follows developments wherever they occur.

Genmar says layoffs are not ‘imminent’

A recent newspaper report concerning layoffs at Genmar’s boatbuilding operations in Little Falls, Minn., has been disputed by the head of the Larson, Glastron and Seaswirl divisions there. “There are a lot of fallacies in [the article],” division president Al Kuebelbeck told Soundings Trade Only this morning. The St. Cloud Times reported this morning that…more

Walker Bay signs three marketing firms

Walker Bay Boats of Yakima, Wash., signed three new representative firms for its Airis Inflatable Kayak line. “Atlantic Marketing, Midwest Outdoor Marketing and the Charles Perry Group have excellent infrastructure to support, educate and service our growing Airis dealer network,” said Chris Carroll, vice president of sales for Walker Bay Boats, in a statement. The…more

Star brite will continue TV promotions

Fort Lauderdale-based Star brite renewed its sponsorship of Ship Shape TV, the cable program that shows viewers how to maintain and upgrade their boats. A demonstration of Star brite products will be featured in an episode of Ship Shape TV’s 2009 schedule. Previous episodes have featured a tour of Star brite’s Kinpak manufacturing and distribution…more

Manitou offers dealers, consumers cash incentives

Manitou Pontoon Boats of Lansing, Mich., is offering a Spring Fling incentive program to help sell boats during the 2009 show season. The program includes a Visa gift card worth up to $1,000 to retail customers who buy a qualifying boat and motor package from now until March 31. “Along with offering dealers an added…more

Jeppesen wins award for C-Map charts

Jeppesen Marine of Englewood, Colo., received the 2009 Editors’ Choice Award from Practical Sailor magazine for the company’s C-Map MAX and MAX Pro electronic charts. Jeppesen and other marine product award winners were highlighted in a “Gear of the Year” article published in the December 2008 issue. The editors singled out Jeppesen Marine for offering…more

Changing Places

Noyce Yachts in Annapolis recently appointed five yacht sales associates. Tom Knoedler leads the team that now includes Rick Casali, Art Howard, Bill Yates, Marcio Sadler and Bob Williams. The professional sales team will share their knowledge of new boat development, yacht purchase and brokerage sales. Noyce Yachts is the flagship office for Tayana Sailing…more

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DockMaster restructures management team

DockMaster Software has repositioned its key management team and hired a new director of operations following the recent departure of Art and Buddy Peacock, the brothers who founded Software Support Team. Exuma Technologies, DockMaster’s parent company, had purchased the assets of Software Support Team from Marex in 2002. Since that time, Art Peacock has served…more

Marvair opens England facility

Marvair of Cordele, Ga., opened a new office and distribution facility in Poole, England, to serve the European and Middle Eastern marine markets. Trevor Goldsmith will serve as managing director of the new facility. Marvair, a division of Airxcel Inc., manufactures heating, ventilation and air conditioning products for marine applications, telecommunication enclosures, school classroom and…more

MarChem changes company name

MarChem Coated Fabrics Inc., the New Haven, Mo.-based manufacturer of marine and awning fabrics, has changed its name to MarChem Custom Fabrics Inc. The change was made to reflect the company’s new focus on creating custom fabrics for the marine, awning, tent, outdoor furniture and safety markets. The new name will be promoted in a…more

YBAA offers vendor discount for annual conference

The Yacht Brokers Association of America is offering a special vendor discount to encourage more participation at the 2009 International Conference of Professional Yacht Brokers, scheduled for Feb. 22-24 in Baltimore. YBAA affiliate members who register for a 2009 Vendor Fair Exhibit table will receive one complimentary conference registration, a savings of $225. The exhibits…more

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