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.

Sea Ray dealerships to celebrate AquaPalooza

Sea Ray’s AquaPalooza, which begins this week, is expected to draw a record 15,000 boats and 50,000 enthusiasts to 150 events on lakes, rivers, bays and harbors from New York to California, Egypt to Australia. Sea Ray and its dealers will officially start AquaPalooza stateside July 18-20 at the signature event in Lake of the…more

Blackfin Skeg expands Web site

Blackfin Skeg has introduced its newly updated and expanded Web site at www.blackfinskeg.com. This new site features video clip demonstrations of product usage and installation, downloadable images and new interactive product features. It’s easy to navigate and provides faster Web browsing using the latest technology available, according to the company. “We have implemented a number…more

Atlantic Marketing launches new Web site

Connecticut-based Atlantic Marketing Company, a manufacturers’ representative firm, has launched a new Web site at www.amconet.com. The new site features a guide for marine product manufacturers on the role of manufacturers’ representatives in the product marketing process. “While our new Web site is certainly designed to promote our company’s experience and expertise, it is also…more

AOC raises prices on products

AOC announced an eight cents per-pound price increase on all resins, gelcoats, pigments, colorants and additives for the United States, Canada, Mexico and export shipments to Central America and the Caribbean. The increase is effective for all shipments on and after Aug. 2. Collierville, Tenn.-based AOC also will raise prices on product delivered in drums…more

NMMA hands out CSI awards

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has recognized 73 boat and engine manufacturers with its 2008 Marine Industry CSI Awards. Recipients will be formally acknowledged during the annual industry awards breakfast at the 2008 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference, taking place Oct. 6-8 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The Marine Industry CSI Awards program honors…more

Delaware marine salesman dies

Walter J. Soha, 62, of Ocean View, Del., died June 21. Soha was in marine supply sales for 40 years in the Mid-Atlantic region. Most of those years were in marine distribution, as well as at the manufacturing sales level. He also was an Air Force veteran. He is survived by his son, Dr. Walter…more

Marine Products to release 2Q results

    Marine Products Corp. will release its second quarter results before the market opens July 23 for the period ending June 30.  In conjunction with its earnings release, the company will host a conference call to review its financial and operating results at 8 a.m. EDT. Individuals wishing to participate in the conference call…more

Ownership changes at Night Vision

Night Vision Technologies of Irving, Texas is under new corporate ownership. Scott Satine, who previously served as general manager, has been named CEO. “We recognize an enormous potential for growth and innovation in this company,” Satine said in a statement. “Look for NVTi to be a leader in both marine and land-based applications.” NVTi’s physical…more


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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