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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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Changing Places

Ralph Ulisse, global general manager of Southco Inc.’s Transportation Business Unit, will assume additional responsibilities for directing Southco’s Marine, Recreational Vehicles and Caravan Business Unit, effective Nov. 1. Ulisse replaces Richard Hipp, who led Southco Marine since its creation in 2004 and was recently appointed managing director of Southco’s Asia Pacific region in Hong Kong.…more

Changing places

Grand Banks Yachts named Matthew Wroblewski its new quality assurance manager. Wroblewski is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a lean manufacturing expert, according to Grand Banks. The company says he also brings a proven track record of success as the former quality assurance manager at Sea Ray Boats, where he had worked since…more

NMMA thinks builders can meet new EPA standards

The National Marine Manufacturers Association says that, because of the lead time for compliance, engine manufacturers and boatbuilders should have no problem meeting the new emissions standards for gasoline boat engines and fuel systems that were issued last Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency. “Mercury Marine and Brunswick Boat Group have been working with the…more

Texas boatbuilder recovering from fire

Shoalwater Boats of Port O’Connor, Texas, expects to be back to full operation in about a month following a weekend fire that destroyed a 5,000-square-foot building at the plant. The company plans to resume production in four to six weeks “bigger and better than before,” according to information on the company Web site. The fire…more

Fort Myers show on tap in November

The Fort Myers (Fla.) Boat Show will take place Nov. 13-16 at the Harborside Convention Center and along the waterfront of the Fort Myers City Yacht Basin. The 36th annual show will feature 800 boats from more than 150 manufacturers, along with accessories exhibits and seminars. Sponsored and organized by the Southwest Florida Marine Industries…more

Foundation receives FEMA grant for hurricane education

The Florida Boating Foundation has been awarded a $313,000 hurricane education grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to produce and distribute DVDs for boaters and marine businesses in the state. “We are really excited about the opportunity to educate boaters and marine businesses throughout Florida on precautions needed to protect against damage from hurricanes,”…more

Marine companies debut new Web sites

Three companies recently announced the launch of new Web sites. ABI/Precision Lighting’s redesigned Web site celebrates the company’s 25-plus years as a leader in marine hardware and lighting. The “About Us” tab connects visitors with a brief history of ABI/Precision Lighting. Viewers can click on a link to take them to ABI’s 84-page catalog, and…more

Tiara unveils certified pre-owned program

Tiara Yachts has launched a certified pre-owned program. The CPO program has been in development for the last two years, and many aspects were modeled around similar programs for premium luxury auto makers, including BMW, Mercedes and Lexus. Tiara’s Marine Industry Certified and Platinum Customer Service rated dealers will be the exclusive agents for this…more

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Changing Places

Peter B. Hamilton has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer at Brunswick Corp., effective Sept. 15. Hamilton, 61, served as Brunswick’s chief financial officer from 1995 to 2000 before moving to operations. He was president of Brunswick Bowling & Billiards from 2000 to 2005, president of the Life Fitness Division from 2005…more

Eyes on Ike as it moves toward the Gulf

As the East Coast mops up from Tropical Storm Hanna, those in South Florida and along the Gulf Coast have their eyes on Hurricane Ike. Ike is expected to impact South Florida early in the week before heading into the Gulf of Mexico. Where along the Gulf Coast the storm might make landfall remains uncertain,…more

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