The National Marine Manufacturers Association is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the United States and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle.

NMMA urges Congress to act on small-business relief

As Congress reconvenes today in advance of the mid-term elections, legislative business is likely to be complicated by pre-election posturing, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which is monitoring a number of bills of interest to the industry. Major agenda items include an NMMA-backed small business bill that languished before the recess over procedural…more

NMMA adds new certification standards

The National Marine Manufacturers Association says its boat and yacht certification program added two new standards for model-year 2012, making it stronger and more comprehensive. The new standards are gasoline and propane detection systems and galvanic isolators. “Safety and quality design are of the utmost importance for boaters and prospective buyers, and as the only…more

NMMA urges members to oppose lead-tackle ban

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is urging its members to ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reject a request to ban all lead in fishing tackle. Last month, the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the EPA to enact a ban under the Toxic Substances Control Act. The ban would include sinkers, jigs, weighted fly…more

NMMA names CSI award winners

The National Marine Manufacturers Association named 44 boat and engine manufacturers recipients of the 2010 Marine Industry CSI Awards. Award recipients will be acknowledged at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 28 during the annual Industry Breakfast at the 2010 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference. The Marine Industry CSI Awards honored participating manufacturers that actively measure customer satisfaction…more

NMMA seeks guidance on Gulf oil spill claims process

The National Marine Manufacturers Association on Monday submitted a letter to Gulf Coast Claims Facility administrator Kenneth Feinberg requesting clarification of the claims process for pending and future claims from marine businesses that have experienced economic damage from the oil spill. The letter also shares the results of the NMMA’s recent survey on the impact…more

Groups seek congressional hearings on E15

Thirty-nine environmental, food, motor vehicle, energy, power equipment and recreational industry groups – including the National Marine Manufacturers Association – have requested House and Senate hearings on a pending Environmental Protection Agency action that could increase the amount of ethanol permitted in gasoline. In letters to the chairmen and ranking members of the House Energy…more

Grow Boating task force to select marketer

The effort to relaunch Grow Boating is under way, with three companies today pitching strategies to the Grow Boating Agency Selection Task Force in Chicago for the industrywide campaign that seeks to draw more people to boating, NMMA president Thom Dammrich said. “We’re in the final stages of agency selection,” Dammrich told Soundings Trade Only.…more

NMMA: Survey details Gulf oil spill’s fallout

The National Marine Manufacturers Association recently surveyed its members about the effects of the BP oil spill and found that three out of five recreational marine manufacturers have been affected. The NMMA surveyed 178 member chief executives from late June through July. “Results from this member survey offer a timely and realistic picture of how…more

Nominations sought for Briggs award

Nominations are being accepted for the Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year Award, which will be presented in November during the Marine Dealer Convention & Expo in Orlando, Fla. The award is presented annually to an outstanding woman who is actively involved in the marine industry. It recognizes long and devoted service, untiring commitment…more

New motor vehicle tax would include trailers

Congress is considering legislation that would assess a manufacturer fee on every motor vehicle sold, including trailers, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. The fee would be assessed quarterly on manufacturers and would go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to fund its vehicle safety operations. The NMMA recommends that members call or send…more

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