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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.

Changing places

Timothy D. McAdow joins Milwaukee-based Ken Cook Co. as vice president of sales and marketing. McAdow comes to Ken Cook Co. with 20-plus years experience in the printing and publishing industry. Most recently, he was director of sales and marketing at HC Miller Co. in Green Bay, Wis. Prior to that, he served more than…more

St. Petersburg boat show picks PR firm

Kenton Smith Advertising & Public Relations was appointed agency of record for the newly enhanced St. Petersburg Boat Show & Strictly Sail to be held Dec. 4-7. “In selecting an agency for this show, which was recently merged with Strictly Sail, we felt Kenton Smith’s previous boat-show marketing and PR experience, coupled with their solid…more

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Sounding’s Master’s Series wins APEX award

Soundings magazine’s award-winning Master’s Series has again been recognized for publication excellence. “Seamanship & Safety,” the third and latest installment in the series, won an APEX Award of Excellence for One-of-a-Kind: Web & Electronic Publications. The digital digest was one of three winners in that category, selected from nearly 4,500 entries overall in 11 categories…more

Marine marketers forge alliance

Red Oak Marketing of Lake Forest, Ill., and Martin Flory Group of Gurnee, Ill., formed a strategic alliance to complement each company’s core business. Red Oak brings to the table eight years of e-based communication solutions designed to enhance sales, marketing, service and support processes in the marine and powersport industries. Martin Flory Group offers…more

Sea Tow sees 30 percent jump on holiday weekend

Sea Tow Services International today said it experienced a 30 percent increase in the number of requests for on-the-water assistance during the Fourth of July weekend. The tow company, based in Southold, N.Y., described the holiday as moderately busy. “Reports from across the country indicate that boaters stayed close to home this year. However, that…more

Changing places

Jim Moore joined Aluminum Chamber Boats of Bellingham, Wash., as president and chief operating officer. As former president of Renaissance Marine Group, Weldcraft and Lund Boats, Moore brings extensive knowledge and nearly 35 years industry experience to ACB. His responsibilities include overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations, streamlining production processes and increasing sales across all three…more

South Carolina holding summer boat conference

The South Carolina Marine Association will hold its Summer Marine Education Conference Aug. 14-15 at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort at Pawleys Island, S.C. The conference will open with a State of the Boating Industry presentation by Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. That will be followed by a session on…more

Consumer Digest credits Yamaha outboards

Two Yamaha outboards — the Yamaha V MAX Series 2 VZ250 and the Yamaha V MAX Series 2 VZ300 — have been awarded a Consumers Digest Best Buy rating in the August 2008 issue of the publication. “We are pleased the editors of Consumers Digest have chosen the V MAX Series 2,” said Dale Barnes,…more

Couple opens Texas tow port

Capt. David Lee Denz and his wife, Capt. Laura Denz, opened a full-time TowBoatU.S. operation at Jupiter Cove in Lake Whitney, Texas. TowBoatU.S. Lake Whitney has a 25-foot Pursuit response boat. On-board is a full complement of towing and salvage equipment including extra fuel, engine fluids, pumps, and a battery “jump pack” to handle dead…more

Job losses continue to have impact

The unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent in June, but the number of people with jobs continued to trend down. American employers cut jobs by 62,000 for the sixth straight month in June, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The jobless rate was 4.6 percent last year at this…more

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