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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.

Reichhold names UK sales distributor

Reichhold of Research Triangle Park, N.C., appointed an Azelis company, Brøste U.K., as its distribution partner to serve the United Kingdom market with the exception of sales in Northern Ireland. Reichhold is one of the world’s largest producers of unsaturated polyester resins for the fabrication of composites products and a leading supplier for coating resins.…more

Dometic donates battery to Glacier Society

Dometic Environmental of Pompano Beach, Fla., contributed a Sentry battery charger to The Glacier Society’s whaleboat, the Arctic Gayle. Located in Fort Lauderdale, the boat is being used to train sea cadets. Dometic has contributed a number of products to support The Glacier Society’s mission to restore the 300-foot icebreaker, Glacier, and some of its…more

Confusion surrounds New River Marina auction

Did Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group buy New River Marina at Thursday’s bankruptcy auction for $13.4 million? No one is expected to know for sure until Monday because of an objection to procedure at the auction, which was held on the marina’s property in Fort Lauderdale. “There is a do-over (auction) at 2:30 p.m. on…more

NMDA survey sees hope for ’09

LAS VEGAS — The National Marine Distributors Association released the results of its state of the industry questionnaire earlier this week at the association’s annual S.T.E.P. Conference here. Half the marine distributors surveyed expect their company’s marine accessories sales to improve in 2009, while 18 percent expect their sales to fall. More than 30 percent…more

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Changing places

All Island Marine Power Center, a Volvo Penta gasoline and diesel engine power center in Oceanside, N.Y., named David M. Aust as business development territory manager. Aust brings 25 years of marine industry experience to the table. His most recent position was outside sales representative for Morgan Recreational Supply, a wholesale distributor of marine parts…more

Dealer digest

Pursuit Boats of Fort Pierce, Fla., will host a marine industry dealership certification launch workshop Aug. 27, following its 2009 dealer conference at the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island, Fla. Non-Pursuit dealers also are welcome to participate. “We know that in today’s demanding marketplace, customer expectations have never been higher,” said Pursuit’s Ron…more

ABYC unveils large report revision

The American Boat & Yacht Council announced one of the largest revisions to its Standards and Technical Information Reports. The council said 16 of its 66 reports have been updated, and will now be available as part of the 2008-2009 edition of the ABYC Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft. These 16 standards…more

Brunswick moves up 2Q conference call

Brunswick Corp. has rescheduled next week’s conference call on its second quarter 2008 financial results. The call will be held at 10 a.m. EDT next Thursday; the earnings report will be released before the market opens. “We decided to hold the call an hour earlier than previously scheduled to avoid a conflict with another company’s…more

Ranger makes powerboat “best buy” list

Consumers Digest magazine named the 2008 Ranger Z520 its top “premium selection” in its list of “Best Buys in Powerboats.” The editors of Consumers Digest praised the interior layout, seat design and smooth, rough-water ride of the Z520. The magazine also touted the speed, acceleration and standard equipment features of the Z520 Comanche. “To receive…more

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Changing places

Island Packet Yachts of Largo, Fla., recently announced several new staff positions and titles. Will Dittmer, who has been with the company for 13 years, was promoted from his position as customer care manager to purchasing/materials manager. Warren Sweet, who has been with the company for eight years, has taken over as customer care manager.…more

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