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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.

NMRA gives scholarships to three Westlawn students

The National Marine Representatives Association recently awarded its first academic scholarships. Three students from the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology were awarded these initial scholarships. Oren Niskin, Andrew Grossi and Frederick Richardson are all currently enrolled in one of the four modules in Westlawn’s professional yacht- and boat-design program. Each was awarded $1,500. The NMRA…more

Chaparral, Burger honored by magazines

Chaparral Boats and Burger Boat Co. each were recently recognized with awards. Chaparral, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marine Products Corp., won Boating magazine’s 2008 Boat of the Year award for its new 400 Premiere Sport Yacht. “No boat has exceeded our standards for breaking new ground like the Chaparral 400,” said vice president and…more

Changing Places

Eric C. Goodwin was appointed assembly manager at Regulator Marine. Goodwin will lead the day-to-day post-lamination construction and assembly efforts for Edenton, N.C.-based Regulator. He has been with the company for nearly six years and most recently headed the engineering efforts in the assembly department. He also served in critical engineering roles in the launch…more

Florida online boating forum up and running

A free online community was created for Central Florida boaters called BoatBrevard.com. The site allows boaters to find out about hot spots, islands and upcoming events, as well as share photos, plan get-togethers and share knowledge and experiences. There are more than 40,000 registered boaters in Brevard County, and the site provides an opportunity for…more

MATES returning to volunteer structure

Beginning Jan. 1, the Marine Association for Technology Exchange Standards will return to a volunteer management structure, as the National Marine Manufacturers Association withdraws its staffing support due to its own financial constraints. John Warnik, an NMMA staffer who served as executive director for MATES, among other duties, was part of the layoffs announced by…more

Changing Places

Jim Johnstone joined the Westbrook, Conn.-based Gowrie Group of Companies as a producer in the boat/yacht department. Johnstone brings extensive marine and sailing industry expertise that will enable the firm to broaden its reach into the boating market and the Rhode Island community served by Gowrie’s Newport office, according to the marine insurer. For the…more

Brunswick earnings estimates reduced

Analysts from Wachovia Capital Markets are lowering their earnings estimates for Brunswick Corp. because of the continuing economic situation, which likely will necessitate further boat and engine production cuts. The investment firm is lowering its estimates to a loss of $1.59 per share for fiscal 2009, compared to a previous loss estimate of 30 cents…more

Unemployment rate hits 6.7 percent

Employers shed 533,000 jobs in November, the largest drop in 34 years, the Department of Labor reported this morning. That brings the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent — a 15-year high — compared to 6.5 percent the previous month. November’s drop in payroll employment followed declines of 403,000 in September and 320,000 in October, as…more

J/Boats hands out Leadership Award

Jim Bishop of New York City was presented the 2008 J/Boats Leadership Award during the annual J/44 awards party at the New York Yacht Club last month. “Behind every successful one design there’s a person that’s the glue, the visionary, the life of the party,” said Jeff Johnstone, president of J/Boats, in a statement. “Since…more

Dealers and distributors

Dr. Shrink, the Manistee, Mich.-based supplier of shrinkwrap and installation accessories, has chosen Hansen Marine as its new distributor in Sweden. “With 24 hours of sunlight in the summer and 24 hours of darkness in the winter, Dr. Shrink products are perfect to protect boats and other outdoor equipment in these extreme conditions,” said Mike…more

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