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.

Marine companies sign up for export program

The marine industry is already taking advantage of an agreement with the federal government that will provide help to ramp up exports. A memorandum of understanding between the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Commerce Department’s U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service was signed April 25 at the American Boating Congress, according to NMMA legislative director…more

NMMA: No need for random OSHA inspections

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has a different take on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s assertion that random inspections save jobs. “The NMMA supports a voluntary compliance program where the OSHA agency works closely with companies through education and not through enforcement penalties and by giving time to come into compliance,” NMMA director of…more


Face to face on Capitol Hill

Boating Congress participants come away with positive vibes after lobbying home-state lawmakers The 2012 American Boating Congress was truly an industrywide legislative event, with more than a dozen co-hosts coming together to lobby Congress on behalf of recreational boating. “I think that ABC was a great success this year. The agenda was well-organized and we…more

NMMA makes ‘Welcome to the Water’ campaign push

With National Marina Day fast approaching, NMMA president Thom Dammrich says it’s time for the industry to get behind the “Welcome to the Water” campaign. “We really need the whole industry to get on board with this Welcome to the Water movement,” Dammrich told Soundings Trade Only. “We need to demonstrate to the industry the…more

NMMA reports new-boat sales gains in 2011

Sales of aluminum fishing and pontoon boats helped boost new-boat sales last year to their first gain since 2006. That’s according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s annual Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, issued today, which shows the U.S. recreational boating industry improving overall. The NMMA report also shows that boating participation was at its highest…more

NMMA BoatPAC reports success at ABC

The annual BoatPAC reception, held during the recent American Boating Congress, collected more than $26,000 in PAC contributions. The National Marine Manufacturers Association said the event was a “huge success,” with 20 members of Congress in attendance. The NMMA’s BoatPAC goal for 2012 is $125,000. The next ABC is set for May 8-9, 2013.

Marine Leadership Alliance holds annual conference

Attendees at the Marine Leadership Alliance’s annual conference, which took place Sunday through Tuesday on Amelia Island, Fla., took part in educational and networking opportunities, including panel discussions and presentations on issues of importance to the industry. More than 100 marine industry leaders attended this year. On the first day, keynote speaker Scott Rasmussen presented…more

NMMA honors members with environmental award

The National Marine Manufacturers Association recently recognized a group of individuals who made contributions to the recreational boating industry during the last year with an Environmental Achievement Award. The award, which was presented last week at the American Boating Congress, recognizes “NMMA members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, offering innovative…more

American Boating Congress focuses on economy, election

WASHINGTON – The American Boating Congress wrapped up Wednesday following a morning session of speakers covering a range of topics – from the economy to the election – and an afternoon spent visiting lawmakers on Capitol Hill. With 12 co-hosts, this year’s ABC was “truly an all industry event,” said Thom Dammrich, president of the…more

NMMA partnership offers trade-export resource

WASHINGTON — The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced a partnership with the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service to create a formalized program that gives NMMA members improved access to international trade resources offered by the federal government. The announcement was made Wednesday morning at the American Boating Congress. The New Market Export Initiative was developed…more

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