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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.

Performance tabs firm for Midwest marketing

As a part of Performance Metals’ expansion, the company has added a rep group to its roster. SGL Sales & Marketing will represent Performance Metals’ high quality anodes throughout the Midwest. Formed in 1958 as a one-man sales agency, SGL Sales & Marketing has expanded into a multi-dimensional agency, functioning in both marine and trailer…more

Clarification: Boston Whaler’s Florida jobs

Boston Whaler will furlough 250 employees at its Edgewater, Fla. plant, through the end of July, according to a notice filed with the state’s Agency for Workforce Innovation. Brunswick, of which Boston Whaler is a part, plans to suspend production at most of its U.S.-based fiberglass manufacturing plants during July, the company said. These actions…more

Brunswick cutting back at Florida plant

Boston Whaler plans to lay off about 250 employees from its Edgewater, Fla., plant. The company notified the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation of its intent last Friday, according to a spokesman with the agency. By law, companies are required to notify the agency of upcoming layoffs. The layoffs are scheduled to take place between…more

Ohio law aims to enhance boating safety

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland last week signed legislation to enhance boating safety on state waterways. The new law establishes “failure to control” as an enforceable boat operator rule. Many accidents occur as the result of operator inexperience or the forces of nature. These are not the result of a “rules of the road” violation or…more

Maine offers online renewals for watercraft registration

Maine Gov, John E. Baldacci last week signed a bill that allows state residents to renew their watercraft online. “Since taking office five years ago, I have made it a goal for Maine government to be more open and accessible to her people and this includes making more government services available online,” Baldacci said in…more

Paradox chooses ComMar to represent products

Wireless boat security, tracking and monitoring systems supplier Paradox Marine has chosen ComMar Sales to represent the company’s product line in the Southeast and Gulf Coast states of the United States. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Paradox Marine products include Marine Magellan Wireless Security Monitoring, Marine Watchmate Remote Yacht Surveillance System, NAV-TRACKER 2.0 GPS Tracking System…more

Marine marketing firm launches new Web site

Boatmail, a Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based agency that concentrates solely in marine marketing, is launching a new Web site at www.boat-mail.net. “This Web site contains a complete rundown of all the various services and products we’re able to offer our marine clients,” said Boatmail owner Laurence Madiot in a statement. “Visitors to the site will come…more

Boating industry loses accomplished veteran

Patrick Daniel Cunningham, 65, died Monday in the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. after a 10-year struggle with heart disease, according to an obituary appearing in the Holland (Mich.) Sentinel. Cunningham, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, was a highly respected member of the boating…more

Westlawn announces new scholarships

Hargrave Custom Yachts and The Taylor Made Group have providing funding to create scholarships for students of the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology. The Hargrave Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of Westlawn alumnus Jack Hargrave, is for advanced students enrolling in Westlawn Modules 3 or 4. Students with a grade-point average of 85 percent or…more

Changing places

Custom Marine names Mark Marrese sales engineer. Custom Marine welcomes Mark Marrese to his new position as sales engineer for CMI. Marrese is a 21-plus year technical specialist and veteran in the marine industry. Starting at Kiekhaefer Aeromarine as an assembly technician in the late 1980s, Marrese progressed as a service and warranty administrator through…more

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