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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.

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Changing places

Unified Marine, the Newport, Tenn.-based manufacturer of SeaSense marine and trailer accessories, added two people to its sales team. Greg Rentfro was appointed sales director for the OEM and distribution segments. He will be responsible for developing and implementing sales strategies for boat and trailer manufacturers, as well as aftermarket distribution. Rentfro has more than…more

Brownfields legislation introduced in Congress

The Water Access Alliance supports the introduction of legislation earlier this year to provide federal grants for the revitalization of waterfront brownfields. HR 5469, introduced by Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., amends the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (commonly known as the “Superfund” Act). The bill creates grants for reuse planning, site characterization and…more

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Changing places

David Glasco joined Kadey-Krogen Yachts as a naval architect. Glasco comes to Kadey-Krogen by way of Valiant Yachts and most recently from Tom Fexas Yacht Design, where he was project manager for the new Krogen 55-foot Expedition trawler yacht. He joins staff naval architect Jimmy Krogen at the company’s headquarters in Stuart, Fla. A Kansas…more

BoatU.S. seeks life jacket loaner sites

The BoatU.S. Foundation is looking for new lending sites for its free Life Jacket Loaner Program. Since the program was launched in 1997, at least three children’s lives have been saved as a result of wearing a BoatU.S. Foundation life jacket, according to the organization. More than 90,000 life jackets are loaned out each year…more

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Calif. college starting deckhand program

California’s Orange Coast College will launch a new career program, Professional Mariner, to fill a need for experienced and educated deckhands to work on yachts and small commercial vessels. The two-semester program will begin in August with its first course offerings, Professional Mariner Level 1 (Marine Activities A151) and Boat Handling Skills (Marine Activities A152).…more

Megayacht yard debuts in San Diego

The Port of San Diego officially launched its megayacht mooring yard along San Diego’s bayfront Embarcadero. Up to eight spaces are now available for megayachts sized 100 feet and longer, up to 400 feet. The location includes more than 200,000 square feet of water between the Grape Street piers and the San Diego Maritime Museum. …more

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

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