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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.

IBEX forum: Be smarter, leaner in tough times

MIAMI BEACH — A panel of industry veterans last night said the keys to getting through the current economic conditions include building more fuel-efficient boats, bringing new people into boating, and streamlining business operations. The discussion took place at a “Surviving the Storm” forum during the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference, which runs through today…more

Green Marina Summit starts Friday

Marine construction professionals from around the country will gather in Stuart, Fla., Friday and Saturday for the first Green Marine Summit. The summit will showcase sustainable, eco-friendly products, construction and management practices, and inform attendees on the design, building and financing of green marine projects. Speakers include Jan McAdams, an expert in funding for green…more

Changing Places

Lance Brown was appointed vice president of business development at Glacier Bay Inc., the Union City, Calif.-based manufacturer of power and thermal management technologies. Brown will be responsible for the development of new products based on the Glacier Bay OSSA Powerlite platform. A licensed California yacht and ship broker, he comes to Glacier Bay from…more

NMBA lending conference slated for mid-November

The program for the National Marine Bankers Association’s Marine Lending Conference will feature business sessions on lending and boating industry issues, networking opportunities, and other events. The conference is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells, Calif. Business sessions include Economic Update, Gaining and Keeping Customers, Protection from Fraud,…more

Lewmar offering seminar series at boat shows

Lewmar is reaching out to educate customers through a new Lewmar University seminar series. The series will be held during U.S. boat shows at which the manufacturer is exhibiting. The program is free to all show attendees and will focus on various issues, from maintenance to installing products. The first of the series will be…more

Annapolis show includes tribute to U.S. troops

Producers of the U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis, Md., will treat wounded veterans to a special day of R&R during next week’s show. United States Yacht Shows Inc. will host Vets on the Bay, a U.S. Navy Sailing project for wounded veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, during the Oct.…more

Burnewiin picks Ocean Equipment for U.S. distribution

Ocean Equipment of Irvine, Calif., was appointed exclusive U.S. distributor for Burnewiin, the Hood River, Ore.-based manufacturer of gunwale mounts and accessories. “Burnewiin is a valuable addition to our family of innovative marine products,” said Rob Walsh, Ocean Equipment president, in a statement. Burnewiin’s Universal Mount System installs in the boat’s gunwales and allows boaters…more

Changing Places

Ted Jones was named vice president of Albury Brothers Boats. He will head up all day-to-day operations. Jones has more than 38 years of experience in the marine industry. He founded the Sundance Marine chain of South Florida dealerships, spent 15-plus years with Hydra-Sports in manufacturing, and most recently spent five years with multistore dealerships…more

IBEX producers report strong interest

Producers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference are reporting strong preregistration for the trade show, which opens Monday. The numbers are slightly off from last year’s record figures, but given the current economic climate, IBEX co-director Carl Cramer says he is “pleased to see such a strong preshow indicator for our numbers.” Cramer said…more

AFI founder Kitchen dies at 69

John C. “Jack” Kitchen, considered a marine industry leader, innovator and pioneer, died Sept. 28 at the age of 69. “Jack was an industry icon for many years,” John Tinghitella, vice president of sales for Marinco Electrical Group, told Soundings Trade Only. Kitchen was one of the founders of American Foreign Industries, now part of…more

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