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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.

Shurflo acquires Ambassador line

Shurflo, the Cyprus, Calif.-based manufacturer of pumps and systems, purchased the Ambassador line of stainless steel and glass vessel sinks, drains and accessories. Starting next week, the Ambassador Marine sink program will be part of the Shurflo family of marine plumbing products and will be known as the Shurflo Marine Sink program. Ambassador’s principles, Scott…more

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Beneteau USA hits milestone

Beneteau USA recently built hull No. 7,000 at its factory in Marion, S. C. “This significant achievement is a testament to the craftsmanship and diligence of all the hundreds of team members at our plant,” said Wayne L. Burdick, president of Beneteau USA. “Through their talents and perseverance, Beneteau USA has been able to reach…more

Fast Wrap doubles number of franchises

Fast Wrap USA of Reno, Nev., added four new franchises to its portfolio. The new franchises are located in Las Vegas; Sacramento, Calif.; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; and Dania Beach, Fla. They join the company’s existing franchises in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada and Washington. Fast Wrap provided special training for each new franchise in the company’s business…more

Prospec hands out sales awards

Prospec Electronics recognized three independent rep groups with special sales awards. Brunger Export received a Special Recognition Award for the largest overall sales increase over last year. Coatney Sales was recognized with the Outstanding OEM Rep Group of the Year Award. The Outstanding Aftermarket Rep Group of the Year Award went to William F. Miller…more

Taylor Made picks export rep

Taylor Made Products of Gloversville, N.Y., selected Brunger Export Inc. as its factory-direct export representative. “Brunger’s qualified sales personnel are experienced at servicing marine distributors and boatbuilders in international markets,” said Dave Karpinski, vice president of sales and marketing for Taylor Made Products, in a statement. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Brunger Export maintains sales offices…more

Hutchinson teams with Quantum for product development

Professional sailboat racer Terry Hutchinson is partnering with the Quantum Sail Design Group to help the company with product development and customer awareness. Hutchinson will work directly with Quantum designers on developing sails and technology, and he will use Quantum sails exclusively for his racing programs. He will be helming the TP52 Quantum Racing in…more

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

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