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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.

VIDEO: Pilot, marine community avert disaster

Watch how New York’s lower Hudson River commercial marine community sprang into action Thursday, working alongside the Coast Guard and other emergency personnel to rescue all 155 passengers of the downed US Airways plane from the 35-degree water. {youtube}fxXw9bPvDOU{/youtube}This Coast Guard video shows the scope of the effort, with at least six vessels crowding around the plane.…more

Pearson announces layoffs

Pearson Composites LLC of Warren, R.I., is laying off 50 employees in response to the economic downturn. “Unfortunately, Pearson is not immune from the challenges that the global economy is facing,” said Scott Bryant, vice president of sales and marketing, in a statement. “We are fortunate, however, to have a backlog of boats to build.…more

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Changing Places

Red Oak Marketing of Lake Forest, Ill., named Jeff Scherer vice president of strategic development. Scherer has set up e-business programs for organizations such as AutoNation, MarineMax and Tracker Marine Group. He also has implemented and launched award-winning Web sites with MarineMax and Tracker Marine.   “He’s a proven success at identifying, understanding and satisfying…more

AIWA names new board member

Maureen A. Healey, executive director of the Personal Watercraft Industry Association, was named to the board of directors of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association. “All boaters who navigate through the [Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway] are safer because of the work of the AIWA,” Healey said in a statement. “I intend to raise awareness about boating safety…more

NMMA wants extension of NOL carryback period

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is urging its members to take action on economic-stimulus legislation being considered by Congress. The NMMA is helping lead the effort to provide an extension of the Net Operating Loss carryback period from the current two-year allowance to five years for tax years 2008 and 2009, and to temporarily suspend…more

The Moorings opens new charter base in Turkey

The Moorings, of Clearwater, Fla., opened a new base in Orhaniye, Turkey, for the 2009 sailing season. The new location will offer a range of monohull and catamaran sailboats from 40 to 44 feet. Orhaniye is located on the west coast of the Hisanoru peninsula with a mountainous coastline that offers numerous anchorages within easy…more

Century’s 2350DC wins design award

Century Boat Co. of Panama City, Fla., won a 2009 Excellence in Design award from Trailer Boats magazine for its 2350DC dual console. According to the magazine, “Dual console models must function as both big-water sportfishers and family boats. The trick is to make it work well in both roles, and Century has succeeded with…more

TMP named Northeast rep for Nettle Net

A Fresh Tack LLC of Severna Park, Md., named TMP Marine to represent the company’s Nettle Net Boat Pools in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The portable pools can be deployed from boats or docks to keep swimmers free from stinging sea nettles and jellyfish. The Nettle Net flotation ring is…more

Summer gas prices expected to stay under $2

For those who may worry that gasoline prices will climb back up to more than $4 a gallon this spring and summer — the height of the boating season for many states — take heart. The Energy Information Administration, which provides official energy statistics from the U.S. government, recently issued a report indicating that gasoline…more

Mass. waterfront property available for lease

The town of Scituate, Mass., has cleared the way for private investment in Scituate Marine Park to preserve the harbor’s maritime heritage and provide recreational, commercial and public access to the waterfront. The boatyard portion of the property will be leased from May 15 to Oct. 15, and an additional 33,800 square feet from Oct.…more

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