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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.

Pirate attack renews concerns in Horn of Africa

The attack of the Saudi Arabian tanker Sirius Star by pirates off Kenya came just as officials reported a decrease in the rate of successful pirate attacks on merchant vessels off Somalia. The combination of military and civilian involvement in the area has reduced the percentage of successful piracy attacks from 53 percent in August…more

Dealer conference opens with advice for small businesses

LAS VEGAS — For a small business to be successful, owners must develop a vision for which they have passion and take time each day to think like an entrepreneur and beyond day-to-day operations. That was the message keynote speaker Karin Iwata, from E-Myth Worldwide, had for attendees at this year’s Marine Dealer Conference &…more

Designers team up for new firm

Yacht designers Bob Stephens and Paul Waring have joined with Brooklin Boat Yard president Steve White to form a new design firm called Stephens, Waring & White, in Brooklin, Maine. The three have launched a marketing campaign to attract new clients outside of the “yard” and not limited to custom yacht design. Services include conceptual…more

Annapolis boat show prize winners announced

United States Yacht Shows Inc. announced the grand prize winners from its fall sail- and powerboat shows in Annapolis last month. From the U.S. Sailboat Show, Bob Podolak of Denver won a vacation package that includes six nights and seven days aboard a Moorings sailboat, plus two nights at the Mariner Inn. The grand prize…more

Yacht groups form Pacific Northwest alliance

More than a dozen companies and individuals have come together to create the new Pacific Northwest Yachting Association. The goal of the organization is to further develop the infrastructure for recreational boating in the region. This includes providing vocational training, promoting the region for tourism and business, and lobbying for the industry on legislative and…more

Changing Places

Brad St. Coeur was named the new marina manager at Sunrise Harbor Marina in Fort Lauderdale. Sunrise Harbor is managed by California-based Westrec Marinas. “Brad has worked a number of years in the South Florida market and is very familiar with the needs of professional megayacht captains,” said Gary Groenewold, vice president of the Southern…more

Parker Hannifin buys Aqua Pro

Parker Hannifin Corp., a Cleveland-based motion and control technology company, acquired Aqua Pro Inc., a manufacturer of reverse-osmosis filtration systems. Aqua Pro, which does business as Village Marine Tec and Offshore Marine Laboratories, reported $33 million in sales for fiscal 2008. The company has manufacturing plants in Gardena and San Fernando, Calif., and sales and…more

Changing Places

Northern Marine of Anacortes, Wash., restructured its sales group following the departure of Dave Mahalko, vice president of sales and marketing. The company will bring two former project managers with extensive knowledge into the new sales team as well as a factory sales representative based in Fort Lauderdale. Blair Estenson was named sales and warranty…more

Pepco, Bass team up for energy savings

Pepco and Bass Products will unveil a new “cogeneration” plant Tuesday in Bristol, Conn. It will power, heat and air-condition two manufacturing plants and put surplus power back into the grid, according to the companies. The plant takes the normally wasted heat produced by its engine and supplies two heat absorption chiller/heaters to heat and…more

New boatbuilder sets up shop in Louisiana

Caddo Manufacturing, of Vivian, La., is set to begin building boats Dec. 1. Billy Breed and Joel Euton purchased the VIP, Deckliner and BayStealth assets in September, the same month they incorporated the new company. The boats had previously been part of Vivian Industries. The company is in the process of getting a price book and…more

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