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 members to contact Congress

National Marine Manufacturers Association chairman David Slikkers is urging the group’s members to contact their representatives in Congress and help raise the industry’s profile. In a letter to industry colleagues and NMMA members, Slikkers said the association is continuing to tackle the complex issue of floorplan financing and outlined its actions to date, including helping…more


Dour statistics and a ray of hope at ABC

Industry tells lawmakers it’s lost 135,000 jobs – Congressional economist sees turning point near At each American Boating Congress, industry leaders emphasize the importance of being active in Washington, D.C. This year it may be more crucial than ever, says Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. “This is a unique and challenging…more

Proposal stalls to eliminate Cal Boating

A proposal to eliminate California’s independent Department of Boating and Waterways, or Cal Boating, was taken off the agenda for today’s meeting of the California Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee. “We are very pleased by the committee’s decision and appreciate this clear statement in support of sustaining an independent Cal Boating,” said Dave Breninger,…more

Ethanol, economy take center stage at ABC

Ethanol and the economy – two of the biggest challenges facing the marine industry today – topped the agenda this morning at the American Boating Congress in Washington, D.C. “The financial crisis that began last fall has been the greatest economic slump in 50 years,” said David Slikkers, chairman of the National Marine Manufacturers Association…more

NMMA Canada seeks floorplan relief

The National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada appeared as a witness last week before the House of Commons Finance Committee in Ottawa as part of a review of the credit market throughout Canada. Sara Anghel, NMMA vice president of government relations and public affairs, spoke on behalf of the Canadian recreational boating industry, voicing concerns with…more

American Boating Congress starts Wednesday

The American Boating Congress opens Wednesday, and the one-day conference features a diverse lineup of speakers on topics ranging from ethanol policy to the economy. ABC is the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s annual legislative conference. More than 130 attendees are expected to attend the conference, representing boat manufacturers, engine manufacturers, trailer manufacturers, marina owners and…more

Speakers set for American Boating Congress

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has confirmed many of its speakers for the upcoming American Boating Congress, set for May 5 and 6 at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event will focus on economic recovery, energy policy, and key natural resource issues. Confirmed speakers include: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) – Senate Banking…more

NMMA pares down boat show schedule

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is discontinuing three of its shows – the San Diego Boat Show, the Schaumburg Boat & Sportshow, and the Virginia In-Water Boat Expo & Sailfest. “In the current state of our industry, our shows’ exhibitors are compromised by an overabundance of boat shows in these markets,” said Ben Wold, NMMA…more

MRAA, NMMA split over dealer bill

The Marine Retailers Association of America is lobbying for passage of a new dealer bill in Alaska, calling it a necessary measure to protect dealers as well as consumers. The National Marine Manufacturers Association is against the bill, arguing that it will disproportionally transfer business risks from marine dealers to marine manufacturers. Larry Innis, MRAA’s…more

NMMA joins effort to stop E15 fuel blends

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is working with partners outside the marine industry to stop the push for higher ethanol levels in gasoline. Growth Energy, a group representing U.S. ethanol producers, recently filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency for a waiver to allow ethanol blends of 15 percent, or E15, compared to the…more

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