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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.

Redirection of Grow Boating funds finds support

Industry leaders are voicing their support for the recent decision to postpone a national advertising campaign and redirect Grow Boating assessments to the manufacturer and dealer levels. “I’m 100 percent for it,” Phil Keeter, president of the Marine Retailers Association of America, told Soundings Trade Only. “I think it’s the right thing to do.” The…more

Mixed indexes signal slow recovery

The U.S. leading index for September saw its first increase in five months, but economic recovery is some time away, according to the latest report from The Conference Board. The leading index increased 0.3 percent last month. The index now stands at 100.6 (2004=100). Based on revised data, the index fell 0.9 percent in August…more

Boating-certificate courses available next week

The third edition of America’s Boating Course will be available Oct. 31. Offered by the U.S. Power Squadrons, the course is a convenient way for boaters to obtain their boating certificate. It is certified by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and recognized by the Coast Guard. “The course has been extensively revised…more

Midwest Industries announces layoffs

Midwest Industries of Ida Grove, Iowa, laid off nearly a third of its work force because of the struggling economy. The company, which manufactures ShoreLand’r boat trailers and other equipment, laid off 80 of its 280 employees, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. Midwest president and CEO Andy Brosius told the newspaper the…more

NMMA suspends Grow Boating ad campaign

The continuing slump in the marine industry has prompted industry leaders to suspend the national advertising campaign for Grow Boating and redirect assessments to support immediate sales-driving efforts at the manufacturer and dealer levels. By unanimous vote, the board decided to redirect 85 percent of assessments incurred on or after Oct. 1 and continuing through…more

Quantum Marine raises money for charity

Quantum Marine of Fort Lauderdale raised $19,400 in donations and sponsorships to benefit the Kids in Distress charity as part of the Three Peaks Challenge. The challenge took place last month and involved sponsoring hikers to climb the three highest peaks in the British Isles (Scafell, England; Snowdon, Wales; and Ben Nevis, Scotland) within 24…more

Dive-N-Dog Web site offers new options

Dive-N-Dog launched a new Web site that offers more automated features to determine product availability and streamline ordering, including shipment and order confirmation, invoice delivery, and inventory tracking. “In today’s market it is vital that we offer our clients additional features and valued services,” said company owner Scott Rowles, in a statement. Click here to…more

Century shuttering Fla. plant for two months

Century Boat Co. is shutting down its boatbuilding plant in Panama City, Fla., for two months because of the slow economy. The November-December closure will include the temporary layoffs of 103 employees. “The marine industry is experiencing one of its weakest periods in recent history,” said Dean Burnett, vice president and general manager of Century…more

Comments sought on Pacific fishing ban

The National Marine Manufacturers Association issued an Action Alert to help prevent recreational fishing closures in areas of the Pacific. NMMA says anti-recreational fishing groups are pressuring the Bush administration to ban angling in thousands of square miles in the central Pacific. The association is asking members to remind government officials about the importance of…more

Conn. DEP extends deadline for runoff regulation

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection is extending the deadline for the state’s marinas and boatyards to comply with the environmental regulations of the federal and state Water Pollution Control Act. The act deals with discharges associated with runoff from pressure-washing boat bottoms. The deadline for compliance had been December, but the DEP extended the…more

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