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Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Marvair and the Parker Racor Division.

Marvair announced that Baker Distributing Co. was selected as the exclusive distributor for aftermarket sales for Marvair Marine.

The Baker Marine Products Group was formed to sell to marine dealers. Marvair will continue to sell directly to boatbuilders.

Bob Williamson, vice president of the marine products group, was selected to head the marine group.

“Several branches of Baker Distributing have been selling Marvair Marine’s equipment for use in large commercial vessels,” he said in a statement. “We were impressed by their customer focus and quality of their products. We then realized there is a significant opportunity in the pleasure boat market. After looking at all of our options we found that Marvair was a leader in both commercial and pleasure boats, and so it was a natural decision to partner and grow with them.”

Marvair Marine products will now be stocked in sales centers in 14 states, from Virginia down through Florida and Texas and over to California,” Shaun Hall, Marvair Marine’s national sales manager, said in a statement. “This provides us with unparalleled access to marine dealers in these states.”

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Parker Racor Division announced that Oil Filter Service opened a retail sales and service facility with a showroom in San Diego that features Racor Filtration and Village Marine-branded products.

They include fuel filtration systems, reverse osmosis water purification systems and related service parts and accessories. Oil Filter Service also will offer many other product lines to support marine and industrial customers.

“Oil Filter Service is a full-line Racor distributor covering the San Diego area. They have grown along with their customers and have opened the Point Loma location to expand customer service in the sales and service of Racor and Village Marine systems,” Robert Reilly, Racor distribution sales manager, said in a statement.

The facility is at 2820 Shelter Island Drive and had been a Village Marine center.

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Yamaha sponsors Jacksonville show

Yamaha has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show that runs April 13 -15 at Metropolitan Park and Marina in Jacksonville, Fla.

Volvo Penta announces contest

Volvo Penta of the Americas is asking new engine owners to submit stories to its inaugural Boating Dreams contest and will award the winner with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

MIASF volunteers collect 32 tons of trash

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, organizers of the 41st Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup held on March 3, collected 32 tons of trash from 31 sites around the county.

New Jersey saltwater fishing show opens today

The Progressive Saltwater Fishing Expo opens today, nearly doubling its footprint as it moves from the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, N.J., to the larger, more centrally-located New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, N.J.