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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.

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Newmar model PT-80 12-volt battery charger

Newmar of Newport Beach, Calif., released a new 12-volt battery charger, model PT-80. This unit is the 14th model in the Phase Three Battery Charger Series and utilizes “smart” battery charging technology to interact with batteries to put them through the optimum three-stage charge process. This method provides for the fastest recovery and ideal conditioning,…more

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Soundings Trade Only will not publish its e-newsletter Monday in observance of Labor Day. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

WEST SYSTEM donating to Great Lakes non-profit

This year, WEST SYSTEM is giving something back to the environment with every purchase of 105 Epoxy Resin in size “B,” the most popular WEST product. The can is sporting a colorful hang tag, notifying consumers the company is donating 2 percent of the proceeds from sales to Alliance for the Great Lakes, a non-profit…more

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Changing places

Tom Brewington was promoted to vice president of Unified Marine. Brewington recently returned to Unified Marine after leaving the company in 2001. He had worked there for seven years and was responsible for assembling and supervising nearly 100 full-time sales team members across the United States. As vice president he will be responsible for the…more

YBAA accepting Bennett award nominations

The Yacht Brokers Association of America is accepting nominations for the Paul Bennett III Memorial Award. The award honors the memory of an exemplary, visionary industry leader and yacht brokerage professional. It will be bestowed annually upon a qualified and deserving professional who best exemplifies Bennett’s characteristics and commitment, according to the YBAA. Nominations should…more

National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Political Action Committee disbursements for the 2007-08 election cycle

Through June 30, 2008Total receipts: $315,898* Total disbursements: $287,800 Political Contributions by NMMA PACRep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa. $1,000Rep. John J. Barrow, D-Ga. $1,000Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas $3,500Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.  $1,000  Rep. Melissa Luburich Bean, D-Ill. $1,000Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev. $1,000** Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio -$2,500Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif.  $1,000Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va. $2,000Rep. Allen Boyd, D-Fla.  $1,000Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.  $5,000Rep.…more

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Friends in high places

The boating industry has many friends in Congress, according to chief lobbyists from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Marine Retailers Association of America. “One of the great things about boating is that boating is geographically dispersed and boat manufacturing is geographically dispersed,” says Scott Gudes, NMMA vice president of government relations. “There are…more

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Boats and votes: It’s election time, and industry’s a player

NMMA and MRAA spread money among pro-marine Democrats and Republicans, hoping a relatively small sum goes a long way The recreational marine industry’s financial contributions to the political stage are fairly modest compared to some political action committee funds, so even the industry’s two biggest trade groups have to be selective in how the money…more

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Inventory control: Lenders lend a hand

They’re helping with floorplans and cash flow, hoping to avoid 1990s-type dealership failures In light of an economic downturn, manufacturers and dealers are working in tandem with lenders to control and move inventory. Lenders are helping dealers manage their floorplan lines. In some cases, lenders have been extending curtailment periods and, in others, they have…more

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