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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.

Harris Battery expands to the West Coast

Harris Battery Co. of Bolivar, Ohio, expanded its operations to the West Coast with the acquisition of the Los Angeles branch of Discover Energy, a global leader in stored energy products. Harris Battery’s new California operation features a 6,000-square-foot regional distribution center in Westminster and a sales office in San Francisco. The market area served…more

Industry will push House for small-business help

The House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law will hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon on H.R. 5267, the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act of 2008.   Mark Ducharne, vice president and chief financial officer of Monterey Boats in Williston, Fla., is scheduled to testify at the hearing. He will support the passage of…more

Sailing school offering leadership training

The Offshore Sailing School is partnering with the Center for Creative Leadership, a global provider of executive education, to offer a customized program designed to build leadership and teamwork skills among executives and managers.   The program “Leadership at the Helm,” features intense sailing instruction embedded in an assessment-rich and interactive experience. It combines a…more

Changing places

SeaWide Distribution hires Alex Ray as Northwest regional site manager and Ryan Hart as regional sales manager; Innovative Lighting of Roland, Iowa, restructures its sales department. SeaWide Distribution, a Murrieta, Calif.,-based national wholesale distributor of marine and consumer electronics, hired Alex Ray as the Northwest regional site manager and Ryan Hart as regional sales manager.…more

San Diego boat show slated for late July

The San Diego Yacht and Boat Show, produced by the Southern California Marine Association, will be held July 24-27 at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina at Harbor Island and Cancer Survivors Park at the southern end of Spanish Landing. The venues allow boat show attendees the opportunity to feel, touch and become immersed in the…more

Torqeedo honored for first-year operations

Torqeedo, a German-based electric outboard manufacturer with a U.S. office in Hawthorn Woods, Ill., was awarded Start-Up of the Year by Deutscher Gruenderpreis. More than 100,000 companies are founded in Germany every year. Of those, 130 were nominated for the Start-Up of the Year award. This marks the first time the award was given to…more

Dealer digest

Thunder Marine announced the opening of its newest location in Englewood, Fla. The new location at the Harbor at Lemon Bay carries the boat and yacht lines of Four Winns, Hydra-Sports, Riviera and Silverton. “This expansion has come at a perfect time and is only Phase One in our company’s plan to grow market share,”…more

MBIA members get 7.5 percent insurance dividend

Sixty Michigan Boating Industries Association members have received insurance dividends.  The members participated in the MBIA-endorsed Great Midwest Insurance Co. program, and were qualified to receive $72,290 in dividend checks. The dividends are a result of members’ efforts to reduce risks within their businesses to protect employees and customers, and help reduce claims.  ”We are…more

Boat association offering online quote service

National Boat Owners Association (NBOA Marine Insurance) has launched a new Web site at: www.nboat.com. The site will streamline the quote-request process and provide boat owners with competitive, quick-response rates. The NBOA aims to educate boat owners by providing industry insight, custom towing programs and specialized insurance services online. The site’s key feature is an…more

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Bertram Yacht turns to eco-friendly products

Bertram Yacht says it effectively eliminated the use of acetone from its manufacturing processes, a major step in Bertram’s ongoing implementation of “green” initiatives. Acetone is typically used by boat manufacturers in their production process for the cleaning of fiberglass, tools and equipment. Although it is an effective cleaning agent and the use of it…more

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