Staying in the loop

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For those who read our e-newsletter on a regular basis, you’re sure to have noticed a lot of stories lately about layoffs, plant closings and weak earnings reports.

We often get phone calls or e-mails from readers asking why we have to write those stories. People are sick of bad news, they tell us.

We write these stories because it’s our job to provide you with the most up-to-date and accurate information about what’s going on in the marine industry — the good and the not so good. And as much as we wish the news was better, we also don’t believe that we can hide our heads in the sand. Many of you agree.

For what it’s worth, these four stories received the most hits of any on our site over the last couple of weeks:
• Cobia halting production at its N.C. plant received 2,758 hits as of yesterday.
• Hatteras and Albemarle announcing jobs cuts received 1,896 hits.
• Brunswick announcing a $250 million debt offering received 1,705 hits.
• Wachovia pulling out of the marine lending business received 1,493 hits.

You don’t need us to tell you times are tough. You are on the front lines of the industry and see everyday how hard things are. We respect the difficult job that you have in promoting an industry and a lifestyle that can be difficult to sell in a weak economy.

So as you work through this tough market, we try to bring you the important news stories of the day, to keep you informed on what’s going on. It’s not always “good” news, but it’s information that you need to stay current on the boating industry.

Don’t get us wrong, we like to tell the good stories too — when you win awards or break show attendance records or receive an industry certification. We want to know, and we want to share your good news with others. Maybe someone else can take what you’ve done and use it to help their business.

So keep letting us know what you think — we want to hear from you. And when you have news to share, send it along so we can share it with everyone.

Beth Rosenberg
Staff Writer