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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.

Changing places

Raymarine names Larry Rencken VP of sales; Twin Vee picks Scott Noble as CEO.   Raymarine Inc. of Merrimack, N.H., has named Larry Rencken vice president of sales. He will lead the company’s American sales efforts. “We are thrilled to have Larry on board the Raymarine team,” said Dave Bimschleger, president of Raymarine, in a…more

Sea Tow foundation receives boating safety grants

The Sea Tow Boating Safety and Education Foundation, headquartered in Southold, N.Y., will receive $450,000 in federal grants to support three boating safety programs in the coming year. The grants, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, are funded by the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. Michelle Zaloom, executive director of the foundation, said…more

Council conducting large marine labor study

The Marine Industry Training & Education Council launched an industry-wide needs analysis campaign to determine true labor market demand-and-supply needs within the industry. “Our goal is to obtain at least 1,000 responses to give us the quantity of data we seek, both in terms of training requirements and workforce development needs,” said Ed Sherman, director…more

Webasto moves marine division to Florida

Webasto, in its efforts to support its increasing product portfolio of air conditioners, heaters, integrated HVAC systems and sunroofs, has moved its marine division to Florida and hired a new director. David Wollard, Webasto’s new director of the marine division, comes from a boatbuilding family. He has more than 30 years experience in the marine…more

House subcommittee approves waterfront bill

The House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Oceans last week approved H.R. 3223, the Keep Our Working Waterfronts Act, as part of H.R. 5451, the Coastal Zone Reauthorization Act of 2008. H.R. 3223, sponsored by Rep. Tom Allen, D-Maine, would allow coastal states to invest in the protection, preservation, and expansion of working waterfronts through the…more

Changing places

Bennett Marine hires Mike Radwanski as sales manager, forms new partnership with The Gartner Group and MAC-HUGH & Associates. Trim tab manufacturer Bennett Marine of Deerfield Beach, Fla., adds to its sales team with the hiring of sales manager Mike Radwanski and a new partnership with The Gartner Group and MAC-HUGH & Associates. Radwanski will…more

SeaRay sees jump in AquaPalooza registration

It’s clear that boaters aren’t going to let these stressful economic times keep them landlocked this summer, according to SeaRay officials. At least that seems to be the case if early registration numbers for Sea Ray’s annual AquaPalooza are any indication.   As of Sunday, the multi-location marine extravaganza had seen a 352 percent increase…more

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Changing places

Channel Blade recently appointed Richard M. Jamin vice president of sales and marketing. Jamin has more than 20 years leadership experience in sales, marketing, business and product development. In his new position, he will oversee U.S. and international sales and marketing efforts. He also will play a role in shaping Channel Blade’s overall strategic direction…more

After turbulent start, Yacht Show set to blow away patrons

The opening of the Yacht Show at National Harbor got off to a rough start because of major storms that moved through the Washington, D.C. metro area yesterday. The show had been scheduled to open yesterday, but strong winds blew the 15,000-square-foot exhibitor tent apart, Colin Robertson, director of marketing, said in an e-mail to…more

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