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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.

Merger creates new St. Petersburg boat show

Veteran show producers Show Management of Fort Lauderdale and Sail America of Middletown, R.I., have combined two longstanding boat shows into one all-new “super show” now called St. Peterburg Boat Show & Strictly Sail. A projected crowd of 25,000 is expected to attend the Dec. 4-7 event in St. Petersburg, Fla. Under the terms of…more

Fort Lauderdale project mired in lawsuit

A proposed development project for Fort Lauderdale, which resulted in a lawsuit filed against the city by developers, is on hold. The project, called The Sails, would have replaced an 8.5-acre parcel with a new, state-of-the-art, hotel, office and marina. The Sails is a $100 million investment with secured funding to be located at the…more

Eastern Florida companies merge

Hell’s Bay Boatworks of Titusville, Fla., merged with Gordon Boatworks of Oak Hill, Fla. No purchase price was disclosed. All Gordon Boatworks’ models and intellectual property will move to the Hell’s Bay plant. In addition, Hell’s Bay is bringing back veteran fishing boatbuilder Tom Gordon, plus two of its classic shallow-water performance skiffs. “We’re very…more

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Changing places

ASA Electronics, an Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturer of mobile audio and video equipment, hired Aaron Irions as its new product/business development manager. Irions will develop and investigate new business opportunities within, as well as outside, normal business channels. His job responsibilities also will include researching competition and coordinating with ASA engineering on proposed product design and…more

Harris Battery expands to the West Coast

Harris Battery Co. of Bolivar, Ohio, expanded its operations to the West Coast with the acquisition of the Los Angeles branch of Discover Energy, a global leader in stored energy products. Harris Battery’s new California operation features a 6,000-square-foot regional distribution center in Westminster and a sales office in San Francisco. The market area served…more

Industry will push House for small-business help

The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law will hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon on H.R. 5267, the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 2008.   Mark Ducharne, vice president and chief financial officer of Monterey Boats in Williston, Fla., is scheduled to testify at the hearing. He will support the passage of…more

Sailing school offering leadership training

The Offshore Sailing School is partnering with the Center for Creative Leadership, a global provider of executive education, to offer a customized program designed to build leadership and teamwork skills among executives and managers.   The program “Leadership at the Helm,” features intense sailing instruction embedded in an assessment-rich and interactive experience. It combines a…more

Changing places

SeaWide Distribution hires Alex Ray as Northwest regional site manager and Ryan Hart as regional sales manager; Innovative Lighting of Roland, Iowa, restructures its sales department. SeaWide Distribution, a Murrieta, Calif.,-based national wholesale distributor of marine and consumer electronics, hired Alex Ray as the Northwest regional site manager and Ryan Hart as regional sales manager.…more

San Diego boat show slated for late July

The San Diego Yacht and Boat Show, produced by the Southern California Marine Association, will be held July 24-27 at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina at Harbor Island and Cancer Survivors Park at the southern end of Spanish Landing. The venues allow boat show attendees the opportunity to feel, touch and become immersed in the…more

Torqeedo honored for first-year operations

Torqeedo, a German-based electric outboard manufacturer with a U.S. office in Hawthorn Woods, Ill., was awarded Start-Up of the Year by Deutscher Gruenderpreis. More than 100,000 companies are founded in Germany every year. Of those, 130 were nominated for the Start-Up of the Year award. This marks the first time the award was given to…more

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