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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.

Dredge Harbor founder dies

William R. Parsons Sr., founder of Dredge Harbor Yacht Basin in Delran, N.J., passed away July 21. He was 90. Parsons founded Dredge Harbor Yacht Basin with his brother, Herbert Parsons, in 1939. He was a past member of the Marine Retailers Association of America, Marine Trades Association of New Jersey and State of New…more

Western college offering marine degree

The Lake Havasu City Marine Association, the Partnership for Economic Development and Mohave Community College in Arizona entered into a partnership to develop a trained marine industry workforce through a marine technology degree program.  “Two of the major boatbuilders in Havasu have expansion plans, and this program will help to generate a qualified workforce that…more

NTSB holding marine investigation courses

The National Transportation Safety Board is offering two marine safety investigation courses for marine industry professionals. The first, Accident Investigation Orientation for Marine Professionals, will be offered Oct. 7-8 at the NTSB Training Center in Ashburn, Va. It is aimed at mid- to senior-level marine industry professionals interested in learning more about the safety board’s…more

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Changing places

Western Marine Insurance Services appointed Scott Olmstead vice president of programs underwriting of the Aquapac Plus recreational marine package programs. Olmstead will be responsible for managing the underwriting department, taking the lead on program enhancements, and assisting with insurance underwriting to ensure the profitability and longevity of the programs. “Scott has a great track record…more

Paradox names international distributors

Paradox Marine, a wireless boat security, tracking and monitoring systems supplier, has appointed five new international distributors. The new distributors are Marine Express (Brazil), Crystal Electronics (New Zealand), SOFAB (Saudi Arabia), DH Marine Electrical (South Africa), and KALYON Guvenlik & Danismanlik (Turkey). Paradox Marine is based in Fort Lauderdale and its products include the Marine…more

Gander reports modest 2Q loss

Gander Mountain Co. today reported sales of $252.9 million for the quarter ending Aug. 2, an increase of 16.8 percent over the prior year period, while comparable store sales decreased 11.7 percent in the second quarter. The 2008 period includes $39.7 million in revenue because of the expansion of the company’s direct marketing business through…more

King Trailers GM dies at 62

John Cowan, general manager of King Trailers, died Aug. 24. He was 62 and had battled cancer. “His leadership provided the company with unprecedented growth with his determination that customer service is paramount. John will be remembered for his honesty and integrity,” the company said in a statement. Manfred Bleisteiner, who had worked closely with…more

Creditor becomes owner of New River Marina

Ownership of the New River Marina was transferred to Alex Nichols Aug. 15 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida. Nichols received the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., marina through the transfer of a deed in lieu of foreclosure as the principal of 84 Marina LLC and the primary secured creditor, owed $13.3 million by the…more

Brunswick makes offer for West Coast dealer

Brunswick Corp. has offered to buy Redmond, Wash.-based Olympic Boat Centers out of bankruptcy for $48 million, The Seattle Times reports. Olympic Boat and its affiliates run 20 dealerships from British Columbia to California. This week, a bankruptcy-court judge is expected to schedule a Sept. 23 auction of Olympic’s assets and spell out procedures for…more

Derema Group honored by West Marine

Derema Group, a national marine and sporting goods manufacturers representative organization, was awarded top honors at West Marine’s annual V.I.V. (Very Important Vendor) event. John Morin, a member of Derema Group’s vendor-managed support team functioning within West Marine in Watsonville, Calif., received “Rep. of the Year” honors for his contributions in building the business from…more

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