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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.

Dealers and Distributors

Walker Bay Boats says Land ‘N’ Sea will now have complete national coverage of its rigid dinghy, AirDock and Breeze sailboat lines. “Land ‘N’ Sea has an excellent, longstanding reputation for servicing the marine industry. Their inventory management is among the best, and we are thrilled to have them supplying our dealers with product when…more

Help wanted: Northwest MTA seeks new president

The Northwest Marine Trade Association is searching for a new president to replace Michael Campbell, who will step down in June after 10 years with the organization. “Michael Campbell has been a tremendous leader for this organization,” said Patrick Baker, vice chairman of the NMTA. “He brought a new culture to NMTA that fosters growth…more

Hacker Boat adds production facility

Hacker Boat Company has expanded its production facilities with the acquisition of a 32,000-square-foot facility in Ticonderoga, N.Y. The company, which builds Hacker-Craft mahogany boats, now has five locations, including two new acquisitions in Hague, N.Y. The Decker Hill location offers inside and outside storage on nine acres. The other acquisition, Kings Boat Works, offers…more

Eat fish — it’s good for the sole

The Food and Drug Administration is urging the government to amend its advisory that certain groups — women of child-bearing years, pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants and children — should limit how much fish they eat. The FDA says the benefits of seafood outweigh the health risks and that most people should eat more fish,…more

Bass Pro Shops founder honored by Outdoor Life

Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris was named one of the 25 most influential people in hunting and fishing by Outdoor Life magazine. The 25 honorees are grouped into four categories: Leaders, who by their individual efforts and sheer strength of will have had a strong impact on the hunting and fishing scene; Innovators, whose…more

Mass. MTA names new co-chairs

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association welcomed new co-chairs to the state’s Legislative Boating Caucus. State Rep. Paul Kujawski (D-Webster) and state Sen. Michael Morrissey (D-Quincy) were named to the caucus. Caucus chairman and founder Anthony Verga (D-Gloucester) completed his term. Verga founded the caucus in 2004 to help protect small waterfront and inland marine businesses…more

Honda recognized by environmental group

Honda Marine was named “Donor of the Month” by Ocean Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of whales and their environment. The groups partnered in 2007 to put a Honda 40-hp outboard on the tender for Ocean Alliance’s research vessel, RV Odyssey. “No program punishes an outboard like an oceanographic non-profit that runs programs for…more

Online workshops aim to reduce certification costs

Beginning in January, the Marine Industry Dealership Certification program is implementing a series of online Launch Workshops designed to reduce costs to program participants. Attendance at a Launch Workshop is the first step for all dealerships that want to get started on the certification process. During the workshop, program requirements are explained in detail and…more

Bombardier reacts to economic climate

Bombardier Recreational Products, manufacturer of Evinrude outboards and Sea-Doo PWC, announced sweeping changes to deal with the economic recession, including job cuts and reducing overall production. The Quebec-based company said about 550 administrative/professional jobs will be eliminated, 80 percent of which will take place this month and another 20 percent during the next nine months.…more

Changing Places

David Goehring was named president of Nordic Tugs, following the death of president/CEO Jim Cress. Gary Miller will serve as chairman of the board of directors. A 14-year veteran of the marine industry, Goehring most recently served as executive vice-president of Burlington, Wash.-based Nordic Tugs, where he ran day-to-day operations for the company since 2005.…more

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