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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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No. 1 story of 2008? Do you have to ask?

The new year is the time those of us in the news business look back on the previous year’s events and reflect on which had the biggest impact. Unfortunately, choosing the No. 1 story of 2008 from a marine industry perspective wasn’t all that difficult. In the words former Clinton political strategist James Carville used…more

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A Texas dealer’s advice: Hang in there

Rod Malone says you can cut costs and push the boating lifestyle to ride out this rough recession What began as an avocation has turned into a career for Rod Malone, owner of Austin, Texas-based Sail & Ski, which has three locations and a mobile service depot and storage location. Malone opened his business in…more

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Getting certified

For one New Jersey dealership, the process was relatively easy, and the rewards are great Michael Davidson, chief operating officer of Green Cove Marina in Brick, N.J., leans against the service counter facing Jim Edwards of Five Star Solutions, the company contracted to conduct workshops and on-site visitations for the NMMA’s Marine Industry Certified Dealership…more

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Courting women

Industry looking for new ways to close its gender gap, opening career paths that some didn’t know existed Barry Acker, president of The Landing School, recalls going to a supermarket last year and having the cashier — a young woman in her early 20s — ask him what The Landing School was. After Acker explained…more

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VIDEO: Where old boats go to die

Today, we offer a tongue-in-cheek look at the abandoned boat problem.Derelict boats are a real problem. Not only do they litter harbors and beaches, they’re also hazards to navigation. Anybody who’s had a run-in with one has almost certainly dreamed of taking the matter into their own hands — maybe with a chainsaw, backhoe and…more

Analysts optimistic about Brunswick’s long-term future

Analysts say Brunswick Corp.’s fourth-quarter results were not surprising, with RBC Capital Markets noting that the company’s liquidity position “leaves us optimistic from a long-term perspective.” Thursday, Brunswick reported a 50 percent drop in marine sales for the fourth quarter of 2008, and a 42 percent decline in total sales for the period. Total sales…more

Silverton reducing work force

Silverton Marine Corp. will lay off 202 employees, beginning today, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor. The layoffs will take place through March 26, according to DOL spokesman Kevin Smith, who said the company cited current economic conditions as the reason for the layoffs. Calls to Silverton this morning by Soundings Trade Only were…more

Dealers and Distributors

Dr. Shrink appointed UA Marine as its newest distributor in the Russian and Ukranian markets. With facilities in Mykolayiv, Ukraine and Moscow, UA Marine has relationships with a wide network of yacht builders, OEMs and retailers. Founded in 2004 in Ukraine as a yacht consultancy and distributor of products from Western Europe, UA Marine opened…more

Changing Places

Power & Motoryacht magazine promoted long-time editor in chief Richard Thiel to publisher. Thiel, who will also continue as editor in chief, has more than 25 years of experience in the marine industry and has been editor of the magazine since 1989. Thiel replaces Jim Foos, who has been promoted to publisher of a number…more

GEM buys Frost Bite Coolers

GEM Products, a manufacturer of stainless-steel products for the marine industry, acquired Frost Bite Coolers. “We feel that Frost Bite’s quality and reputation equals that of GEM and we are excited to offer their coolers as our own,” GEM president Matthew Bridgewater said in a statement. Bridgewater also announced that as GEM begins production of…more

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