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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.

Mass. MTA names new co-chairs

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association welcomed new co-chairs to the state’s Legislative Boating Caucus. State Rep. Paul Kujawski (D-Webster) and state Sen. Michael Morrissey (D-Quincy) were named to the caucus. Caucus chairman and founder Anthony Verga (D-Gloucester) completed his term. Verga founded the caucus in 2004 to help protect small waterfront and inland marine businesses…more

Honda recognized by environmental group

Honda Marine was named “Donor of the Month” by Ocean Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of whales and their environment. The groups partnered in 2007 to put a Honda 40-hp outboard on the tender for Ocean Alliance’s research vessel, RV Odyssey. “No program punishes an outboard like an oceanographic non-profit that runs programs for…more

Online workshops aim to reduce certification costs

Beginning in January, the Marine Industry Dealership Certification program is implementing a series of online Launch Workshops designed to reduce costs to program participants. Attendance at a Launch Workshop is the first step for all dealerships that want to get started on the certification process. During the workshop, program requirements are explained in detail and…more

Bombardier reacts to economic climate

Bombardier Recreational Products, manufacturer of Evinrude outboards and Sea-Doo PWC, announced sweeping changes to deal with the economic recession, including job cuts and reducing overall production. The Quebec-based company said about 550 administrative/professional jobs will be eliminated, 80 percent of which will take place this month and another 20 percent during the next nine months.…more

Changing Places

David Goehring was named president of Nordic Tugs, following the death of president/CEO Jim Cress. Gary Miller will serve as chairman of the board of directors. A 14-year veteran of the marine industry, Goehring most recently served as executive vice-president of Burlington, Wash.-based Nordic Tugs, where he ran day-to-day operations for the company since 2005.…more

Florida working to clarify mooring regulations

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has directed staff to proceed with submitting draft legislation that will create a pilot program to test anchoring and mooring regulations in various parts of the state. The commission gave the directive at its meeting last week. Public access sites for boaters have diminished because of development of…more

Gensets to be modified after CO death

A houseboat vendor on Lake Powell said it would retrofit the generators on about 50 houseboats after finding a design flaw that may have contributed to a carbon monoxide-related death last summer, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Investigators from the National Park Service and the Coast Guard discovered the design and alarm issues after the…more

MBIA inducts board chairman into Hall of Fame

John Hatfield, of Howe Interlakes Marine, was recently inducted into the Michigan Boating Industry Association Hall of Fame. Hatfield is chairman of the 2008 MBIA board of directors and president of the Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation. He has served the association for more than 20 years. Hatfield’s long history in serving on the MBIA’s…more

NMMA seeks extension of operating-loss allowance

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is leading a 71-member coalition urging Congress to extend the net operating loss carryback period to five years from the current two-year allowance. A net operating loss is a period when a company’s expenses exceed its profits, resulting in negative taxable income. Currently, a company can use its NOL to…more

Marine Web award nominations sought

Boats.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, are accepting nominations for the 2009 North American Marine Industry Web Awards. The awards are designed to recognize companies that lead the North American marine industry’s drive toward higher standards of excellence in Web site design and content. Awards will be given in…more

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