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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.

Marvair opens England facility

Marvair of Cordele, Ga., opened a new office and distribution facility in Poole, England, to serve the European and Middle Eastern marine markets. Trevor Goldsmith will serve as managing director of the new facility. Marvair, a division of Airxcel Inc., manufactures heating, ventilation and air conditioning products for marine applications, telecommunication enclosures, school classroom and…more

MarChem changes company name

MarChem Coated Fabrics Inc., the New Haven, Mo.-based manufacturer of marine and awning fabrics, has changed its name to MarChem Custom Fabrics Inc. The change was made to reflect the company’s new focus on creating custom fabrics for the marine, awning, tent, outdoor furniture and safety markets. The new name will be promoted in a…more

YBAA offers vendor discount for annual conference

The Yacht Brokers Association of America is offering a special vendor discount to encourage more participation at the 2009 International Conference of Professional Yacht Brokers, scheduled for Feb. 22-24 in Baltimore. YBAA affiliate members who register for a 2009 Vendor Fair Exhibit table will receive one complimentary conference registration, a savings of $225. The exhibits…more

Marquis wins third design award

Marquis Yachts of Green Bay, Wis., received the 2008 Arabian Gulf Yachting Award during a recent gala event in United Arab Emirates. The award recognizes the best new yacht design introduced in the Middle East during the prior 12 months. In this case, the award honored the Marquis 500 Sports Coupe. Introduced last February, the…more

MIASF takes over Lauderdale billfish tourney

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida will manage and produce the 44th Annual Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament. MIASF acquired the event from The Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament, Inc. in 2007 and conducted the 2008 tournament under the management of US Recreational Alliance. Former event producer East Coast Eventz recently decided to relinquish promotion and…more

MMA creates marine speaker directory

Marine Marketers of America has created a new speakers bureau and marketing white paper library. “While our introductory bureau roster is limited, it represents some very solid marketing talent available to the industry,” said Wanda Kenton Smith, president of MMA, in a statement. The marketing white papers library includes a mix of association-produced materials and…more

Gerald Huck going into Canada Boating Hall of Fame

Gerald (Jerry) Huck of Ed Huck Marine Ltd. will be inducted into Canada’s Boating Hall of Fame during Tuesday’s industry breakfast at the 2009 Toronto International Boat Show. Huck was president and co-owner of the family-operated company from 1975-1996. He is a founding member and past president of the Ontario Marine Operators Association, served on…more

Sea Tow: Holiday boating increased in Florida

Buoyed by beautiful weather and lower fuel prices, more Florida boaters took to the water this holiday season compared to last year, according to Sea Tow International. Sea Tow franchises in the Sunshine State reported a 38 percent increase in on-water assistance calls between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, and nearly all locations reported…more

Boat sales down for November

November data for all boat categories declined, with a few low-volume states posting marginal growth. These preliminary statistics include 27 early reporting states, which represent approximately 60 percent of the national market. Only states that currently provide weekly or monthly information are included in this summary. Percentage change is presented on a calendar-year basis to…more

Department of Labor releases December employment numbers

The unemployment rate rose from 6.8 to 7.2 percent last month, the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. Payroll employment fell by 524,000 during the month and by 1.9 million in the last four months of 2008. In December, job losses were large and widespread across most major industry sectors, according to the government. Since…more

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