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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the International Yacht Restoration School, the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association and the International Marina & Boatyard Conference.

The International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I., is hosting its sixth annual Marine Industry Career Day on March 5.

The event will give career seekers an opportunity to talk with employers and gather information about hiring trends and technology that will give them an edge in the marketplace.

"The marine industry is a dynamic business right now as companies plan for new production and work force demands as they pull away from the recession," said Susan Daly, IYRS vice president of programming, in a statement. "We invited a wide variety of companies this year, as well as speakers who have their finger on the pulse of the industry, to educate marine professionals, job seekers and those considering marine careers in the future."

Free to the public, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Restoration Hall.

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The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association 2011 Summer Symposium is scheduled for July 18-19 at the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites in New Bedford, Mass.

This event is open to all members of the industry.

"Following in the footsteps of the successful 2009 and 2010 summer symposiums, we are so pleased to move the gathering to Massachusetts in 2011," association president Pam Lendzion said in a statement. "We are always trying to make the cost of ABBRA events affordable for our members. This year, to help with that goal, we have secured a highly competitive room rate for all attendees."

The symposium again will include panel seminars featuring industry leaders, attendee-led roundtable discussions on current issues and a keynote presentation.

The room rate currently is $125 for all attendees who utilize the host hotel. Information about securing this rate is available by calling (401) 247-0318 or e-mailing

A reduced-price early registration rate is available to attendees who register no later than June 30.

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The next International Marina & Boatyard Conference will be held Feb. 1-3, 2012, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

"We are excited to host our 10th anniversary conference in an imaginative, fun, positive and inspiring location," said Jim Frye, president and chairman of the Association of Marina Industries, in a statement. "Disney offers great resources and opportunities to help celebrate the history and future of IMBC."

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort offers the convenience of convention space and hotel rooms on one property, as well as amenities such as boat and bicycle rentals and a fitness center.

Discounts on park tickets and benefits for family members of attendees will be available to IMBC participants.


MRAA welcomes new partner member

Marina and marine management software provider DockMaster has become the newest partner member of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas.

Caterpillar to close two facilities

Caterpillar Inc. will close two facilities in Texas and Panama and is considering shutting its engine manufacturing plant in Illinois as part of a strategy to boost profitability and better handle business cycles, according to Reuters.

Brunswick executive honored by Savoy magazine

Danielle Brown, vice president and chief information officer for Brunswick Corp., was recently honored among the "Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America" as chosen by Savoy Magazine, a leading African-American lifestyle publication.