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Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Hornet Marine, Dr. Shrink, Bayliner, and Hampton Watercraft and Marine.

Hornet Marine, a new builder of fully customizable 17-foot powerboats, added A&S Boats of South Windsor, Conn., to its growing dealer network.

A&S Boats is the first East Coast dealer to sign with the brand.

"We here at A&S Boats are both excited and proud to have been chosen as the new Hornet Marine dealer for the state of Connecticut," A&S Boats president Mark Passeri said in a statement. "We look forward to working with Hornet Marine to represent this exciting, new, fun and innovative product."

A&S Boats will display the Hornet 17 Jan 28-30 at the Hartford Boat and Fishing Show.

Hornet Marine will continue to expand its dealer network across the United States this year. For information on becoming a Hornet Marine dealer, contact Jason Bolas at (860) 516-3141 or

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Dr. Shrink named a new distribution partner in Russia.

Rulontermopak now serves the nation, bringing premium virgin resin wrap to customers.

"Russia is a large nation to cover and we have faith they'll be very successful in this venture," Dr. Shrink president Mike Stenberg said in a statement. "This company has the ability and ambition to promote shrink wrap in almost any market, and we hope to have a long relationship with them."

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Bayliner significantly increased its dealer network since mid-2009, the manufacturer announced.

The builder signed 51 new dealerships in the United States and Canada and additional agreements are pending. Bayliner has kept more than 80 percent of its territories intact and in the hands of its original network of dealers.

"We are fortunate to have a brand with the strong reach and reputation that Bayliner enjoys," vice president of global sales Pat Blake said in a statement. "Our historical dealers, many of whom have been with us for decades, have done a tremendous job maintaining our leadership share in bowriders and cruiser sales worldwide. In every open market we have had tremendous interest in the brand, allowing us to move forward with the best dealer from a sales and customer service perspective."

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New York's Hampton Watercraft and Marine moved up in this year's Top 100 Dealers awards, presented annually by Boating Industry magazine.

The dealership placed 18th this year, moving up from 23rd in 2009.

"Hampton Watercraft moved up from the 23rd spot they held last year by implementing business strategies to make doing business with them as pleasant and accessible as possible; they expanded their hours of operation, provided after-hours phone numbers to customers and enhanced its facilities," the dealership said in a statement.



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