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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.

Hurricane Ike will make landfall in Texas

Texas is bracing for Hurricane Ike, which is expected to make landfall late tonight or early tomorrow morning. At 8 a.m. EDT Ike was about 365 miles east of Corpus Christi and about 230 miles southeast of Galveston. The Category 2 storm was moving west-northwest at 13 mph, with maximum sustained winds near 105 mph.…more

Marine trade group gives away three boats

More than $120,000 worth of boats were awarded to three winners last weekend as part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s regional Grow Boating campaign. Two boats were awarded last Saturday to grand prize winners of the 2008 Northwest Salmon Derby Series. Jim Hardey of Tacoma, Wash., was the winner of the adult division prize…more

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Maritime Crowley CEO to receive Mystic Seaport award

Thomas B. Crowley Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corp., will be honored Oct. 29 with Mystic Seaport’s third annual America and the Sea Award in New York City. The award, which will be presented during a dinner at the Rainbow Room, recognizes an individual or organization whose contributions to the history, arts…more

Dealer Digest

MyBoatShares, a fractional boat-ownership program, has added five Jacksonville, Fla., retailers to its dealer network. In Jacksonville, Haskell’s Marine, Jacksonville Yacht Sales and Atlantic Coast Marine will sell MyBoatShares partnerships in 23- to 40-foot center consoles, sportfishers, cruisers, pontoons, and performance and ski boats. In addition, MyBoatShares will offer clients fractional ownership of boats at…more

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Changing Places

Ralph Ulisse, global general manager of Southco Inc.’s Transportation Business Unit, will assume additional responsibilities for directing Southco’s Marine, Recreational Vehicles and Caravan Business Unit, effective Nov. 1. Ulisse replaces Richard Hipp, who led Southco Marine since its creation in 2004 and was recently appointed managing director of Southco’s Asia Pacific region in Hong Kong.…more

Changing places

Grand Banks Yachts named Matthew Wroblewski its new quality assurance manager. Wroblewski is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a lean manufacturing expert, according to Grand Banks. The company says he also brings a proven track record of success as the former quality assurance manager at Sea Ray Boats, where he had worked since…more

NMMA thinks builders can meet new EPA standards

The National Marine Manufacturers Association says that, because of the lead time for compliance, engine manufacturers and boatbuilders should have no problem meeting the new emissions standards for gasoline boat engines and fuel systems that were issued last Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency. “Mercury Marine and Brunswick Boat Group have been working with the…more

Texas boatbuilder recovering from fire

Shoalwater Boats of Port O’Connor, Texas, expects to be back to full operation in about a month following a weekend fire that destroyed a 5,000-square-foot building at the plant. The company plans to resume production in four to six weeks “bigger and better than before,” according to information on the company Web site. The fire…more

Fort Myers show on tap in November

The Fort Myers (Fla.) Boat Show will take place Nov. 13-16 at the Harborside Convention Center and along the waterfront of the Fort Myers City Yacht Basin. The 36th annual show will feature 800 boats from more than 150 manufacturers, along with accessories exhibits and seminars. Sponsored and organized by the Southwest Florida Marine Industries…more

Foundation receives FEMA grant for hurricane education

The Florida Boating Foundation has been awarded a $313,000 hurricane education grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to produce and distribute DVDs for boaters and marine businesses in the state. “We are really excited about the opportunity to educate boaters and marine businesses throughout Florida on precautions needed to protect against damage from hurricanes,”…more

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