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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.

Maryland task force submits boating proposals

A special task force set up to study Maryland’s boating industry has submitted its 2008 legislative report to the governor, general assembly and the state’s Department of Natural Resources. The report offers specific recommendations on marketing Maryland waters to out-of-state boaters and creating a more positive environment to grow and expand the state’s marine industry.…more

Harris Battery expands Ohio headquarters

Harris Battery doubled the size of its corporate headquarters and regional distribution center in Bolivar, Ohio, to 44,000 square feet. “The expansion translates into increased inventory and our ability to respond even more quickly and cost-effectively to our customers’ requests in the future,” company president Jerry Harris said in a statement. He said the expansion…more

Defender Industries posts record sales

The economic downturn doesn’t seem to be affecting Defender Industries. The Waterford, Conn.-based marine equipment and accessories supplier reported an 11.3 percent sales increase for 2008. The company said 11 months set all-time sales records. And 2008 was Defender’s fifth consecutive year of record sales and its seventh consecutive year of solid growth, according to…more

Online dealer certification workshops scheduled

A number of Web-based workshops have been scheduled during the next several months for the Marine Industry Dealership Certification program. The workshops will be held on the following dates: Feb. 23-25, March 17-18, April 7-8, and May 12-13. To register for a workshop or for information about the program, visit www.DealerCertification.org or call (800) 975-7894.…more

California group launches ‘call to arms’

Recreational Boaters of California is urging boaters throughout the state to contact their legislators about the proposed elimination of the Department of Boating and Waterways. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is submitting a reorganization proposal that, if passed, would eliminate the department by this spring. RBOC has issued a “call to arms” that includes contact information and…more

US Sailing team signs apparel partner

Atlantis WeatherGear signed on to become the technical and casual apparel partner of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics for the next Olympic and Paralympic quadrennium in 2012. Atlantis plans to develop a new signature clothing line in collaboration with the athletes, and the company will support the team with a combination of apparel and funding…more

Michigan marina upgrade continues

The Grand Haven (Mich.) City Council approved the second phase of a nearly $2 million dock project at the city’s municipal marina. The first phase of the project involved replacing the marina’s 31 fixed docks, which were more than 35 years old and deteriorating, according to a report in the Grand Haven Tribune. That work…more

Tracker merges manufacturing operations

Tracker Marine Group is consolidating its aluminum-boat manufacturing operations in response to “continuing evidence of tight credit and soft consumer demand for new boats.” The Springfield, Mo.-based boatbuilder announced Monday that it is moving all aluminum-boat production to its Lebanon, Mo., plant. Relocation of operations from the Bolivar, Mo., plant will take place during the…more

R.I. show to include roundtable on job growth

As part of the Providence Boat Show, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association will present a roundtable discussion Jan. 29 on the future of marine industry jobs in Rhode Island and what the industry means to the state’s economy. The state has recognized the marine industry as one targeted for growth and critical to the…more

New Checkmate site lets visitors customize boats

Performance powerboat builder Checkmate Marine, of Bucyrus, Ohio, launched a new Web site. At the site, www.checkmatepowerboats.net, visitors can create and customize their own dream boat online, selecting from four Checkmate models. These designs can be viewed online, printed out for future reference, or sent along to the Checkmate boat works for assembly. “For the first…more

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