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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.

Mercury trims staff at Oklahoma plant

About 70 employees at the Stillwater, Okla., Mercury MerCruiser plant were laid off at the end of 2008, a company spokesman confirmed to Soundings Trade Only. The reduction in staff, which followed the layoffs of nearly 200 people last summer, was in response to current market conditions, the company said. The Stillwater plant manufactures sterndrives.…more

Mass. MTA names new vice president

Russ Vickers was elected third vice president of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association. Vickers previously served on the organization’s board of directors for a three-year term. He owns and operates two marine businesses in Salem — the Salem Water Taxi since 2001 and Hawthorne Cove Marina since 1993. Between the two, he has 350 moorings…more

Writer starts new how-to blog for boat owners

Well-known boating journalist Mark Corke has started a blog aimed at helping boat owners. His new blog, “On Board,” features news, opinions and projects and will continue the trend of step-by-step projects that became so popular in the magazines. Corke was previously deputy editor of Boatworks and senior editor at Sail magazine. Prior to that, he…more

New show is just for Jersey

South Jersey Marina, in Cape May, N.J., recently announced that it will host a new show scheduled for May 1-3, 2009. “Strictly Jersey,” will feature New Jersey boat dealers, manufacturers and related businesses. “This show is small by design and represents a new approach to making sales for the state’s boating industry,” marketing director Bob…more

Fusion has new majority shareholder

Fusion, a leader in car audio, marine audio and display products, announced that Peter Maire, founder and former CEO of Navman, has increased his financial position in Fusion Electronics and is now the majority shareholder in the company. Maire provided capital through his investment company, Tahia Investments. “Fusion Electronics manufacturers the most innovative car and…more

Changing Places

Steve Schultz, a marine industry leader and Interlux veteran of 29 years, recently announced his retirement. Schultz has been executive vice president of Yacht Coatings North America since 2002. He started his career in 1980 as Interlux marketing manager and in 1984 became general manager of Interlux US. He went on to become responsible for…more

BoatU.S. Magazine relaunched with a redesign

BoatU.S. Magazine has undergone a major redesign and been relaunched with a new look, layout, content and features with its January 2009 issue. Published by Boat Owners Association of the United States, the redesign was spearheaded by boating publishing industry veteran Bernadette Bernon, who has been appointed consulting editor. “Bernadette is an award-winning writer and…more

Florida releases 2008 manatee mortality numbers

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute documented 337 manatee carcasses in state waters in 2008, which is below the five-year average of 357. The low number of red tide-related mortalities last year helped lower the figure, biologists said. Watercraft strikes and perinatal (newborn) deaths were the two most commonly…more

Maine initiative focuses on marine careers

Partners in Maine’s North Star Alliance Initiative plan to launch an outreach campaign Wednesday aimed at young state residents looking for career opportunities in the marine trades, including the boatbuilding and composites industries. The campaign has three components: a new Maine Marine Careers Web site, a poster and brochure, and a display for use at…more

Genmar launching line of entry-level fiberglass fishing boats

Genmar is introducing its first 17-foot VEC entry-level fiberglass fishing boat in time to ship to dealers for the early spring selling season, company chairman Irwin Jacobs announced in a letter to dealers. Jacobs had previously said the company would be re-entering the aluminum boat business, but that won’t happen with this announcement. “Rather, it…more

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