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Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Springfield Marine, Ocean Signal and Pirelli Pzero Boats .

Springfield Marine named Maritim Distributors as the full-line distributor of Missouri-based Springfield's seating and seating hardware in Finland.

The deal was finalized during the 2011 Shanghai Boat Show in April.

Maritim, of Helsinki, will celebrate its centennial next year. The company serves more than 450 chandleries and it exports to the surrounding area, including Russia and the Baltic states.

"Maritim is a great addition to our global distribution network and we are pleased to have such an experienced and respected distributor servicing the Finland market on our team," Springfield Marine co-owner Caroline Carnahan said.

Springfield operates a new 350,000-square-foot manufacturing facility near Shanghai and will supply directly from the factory to keep Maritim's costs competitive.

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Communications and safety-at-sea specialist Ocean Signal appointed Echomaster Marine as its dedicated country distributor in Scotland.

Echomaster will be responsible for distributing Ocean Signal's SafeSea range, which includes the E100/E100G EPIRB series, the S100 SART and the V100 GMDSS Handheld Radio.

"The appointment of quality distributors such as Echomaster is part of our ongoing strategy to expand our distribution network to support growing demand for our products in the commercial sector," Ocean Signal managing director Alan Wrigley said in a statement.

Based in Macduff, Aberdeenshire, Echomaster Marine is a leading distributor of a range of marine acoustic products to the U.K.'s commercial, fishing and leisure markets.

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Denison Yacht Sales, of Fort Lauderdale, was named the U.S. distributor of Pirelli Pzero Boats, a new generation of tenders ranging in size from 30 to 46 feet and priced from $90,000 to more than $600,000.

Co-owner Bob Denison is encouraged by strong interest in the new inflatable tenders.

"The Pirelli Pzero line of boats is distinct from all other tender products out there," he said. "These very special boats carry Mediterranean flash and style with a great layout, surprisingly fast speeds and the highest-quality appointments the industry has to offer."

Denison has three Pirelli Pzeros under construction and has delivered one to a client in Corsica: a metallic gray 1400 Yacht Edition with Bravo 3 Axius drives. Four more deals are in the works.


Suzuki sponsoring TV show

Mike Frisch, host of Fishing the Midwest television series, announced that Suzuki would be the exclusive outboard motor of the show.

Sea Tow Foundation appoints new directors

The nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation has announced the return of Gail R. Kulp as executive director. Michael Wesolowski, the former executive director, is now the director of external affairs.