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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.

Yacht charter featured in Super Bowl marketing show

Meetings Afloat, a Tampa Bay yacht charter service, is featured in a new Internet slideshow from Inc. Magazine about entrepreneurs who have tapped into last weekend’s Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla. The show highlights eight companies and their entrepreneurial leaders who are selling products and services in relation to the Super Bowl. In addition to…more

Marine companies sign exclusive distribution contract

Gem Products of Orange Park, Fla., and Marine Hardware of Redmond, Wash., have formed a business alliance with the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement. Effectively immediately, all Marine Hardware products will be exclusively distributed by Gem Products in the Southeastern United States. Gem manufactures stainless steel products for the marine industry, while Marine Hardware…more

Admission will be free at Fort Myers boat show

The Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association is taking a number of steps to help generate more sales for exhibitors at its Fort Myers Spring Boat Show, scheduled for March 12-15. For starters, the association is offering free admission to the public. The association also cut expenses wherever possible, except advertising, and added a used-boat section…more

Faria picks Brunger for exports

Faria Corp. of Uncasville, Conn., selected Fort Lauderdale-based Brunger Export to act as its factory-direct export representative. “We are confident that this alliance will provide Faria customers with an unequalled level of service and professionalism,” Faria said in a statement. Brunger began receiving and fulfilling orders as of Jan. 26. Faria says the change should…more

Dallas boat show sees uptick in attendance

Marketing efforts appear to be paying off for the Dallas International Boat Show, which enjoyed a 7 percent increase in attendance during the show’s opening weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 1. “Rather than accept the status quo, we implemented marketing to reach new, younger families, including a cooperative effort with the NMMA Discover Boating campaign,” said…more

Cummins records profitable year in ’08

Cummins reported declines in net sales and net income for the fourth quarter of 2008, but the company still was able to boast a fifth consecutive year of record sales and profits. For the year, sales increased 10 percent to $14.34 billion, from $13.05 billion in 2007. Net income rose 8 percent to $801 million,…more

ABBRA picks officers and directors

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association elected its 2009 officers and directors Jan. 27 during its annual members meeting held at the International Marina & Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale. Doug Domenie of Brewer Dauntless Shipyard, Essex, Conn., will serve his first term as president of the board of directors. He will be joined…more

BOE Marine debuts new Web site

BOE Marine of Annapolis launched a new e-commerce site for marine electronics and boat outfitting at www.BOEmarine.com. New features include real-time inventory, tutorials, and an easy-to-use interface to find products. “We are very excited to finally launch our new Web site,” company president Jim Maier said in a statement. “It has been in the works…more

Changing Places

Mid Atlantic Marine Group of Annapolis named John Wise as director of sales for the company’s offices in Cape Charles and Gloucester, Va. For the last seven years, Wise was a yacht sales executive for Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group in Florida. He has 20 years of experience in sales and management and more than…more

‘Biggest’ used-boat show set for March

Clarks Landing at Shady Oaks will host the Biggest In-Water Used Boat Show in Maryland. The show, scheduled for March 28-29, will feature more than 70 used boats in the water and on land, including bow riders, motoryachts, walkarounds and sportfishers, ranging from 17 feet to 56 feet. The selection includes used Sea Rays, Carvers,…more

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