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Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Dr. Shrink, Encore Boat Builders, AER Supply, Imtra and Donovan Marine.

Dr. Shrink signed on its first distributor in Africa. Shrinkwrap Innovations of Rustenberg will cover South Africa for the company.

Shrinkwrap Innovations will carry all Dr. Shrink shrink-wrap and accessories, as well as provide installation services.  Warren Ross, owner of Shrinkwrap Innovations, also has his own refrigeration and air conditioning company.

Based in Manistee, Mich., Dr. Shrink is an international supplier of premium shrinkwrap and accessories.

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Encore Boat Builders held its first dealer meeting Oct. 4-6 in Columbia, S.C. and the company said attendance surpassed its expectations.

Encore was able to forecast 2,000-plus boats for its 2010 model-year production from the orders received at the meeting, the company said in a statement. Encore introduced many new pontoon models, including a Bentley Encore, Elite Encore, Prestige Encore, a 20-foot Encore Limited Edition and Bentley Encore SE, as well as the new fiberglass 21-foot Encore Sport Deck.

Encore acquired the Duracraft aluminum boat line in August and announced at its meeting Duracraft will be in full production in January.

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AER Supply, a leading distributor of marine equipment in the U.S., is reporting its 2009 annual dealer training sessions was a success.

AER Supply hosts dealer training sessions annually to bring its dealers together with manufacturers and their representatives in workshops and educational sessions. This year, the training sessions were held Oct. 20-22 at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. More than 45 dealers from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas attended the seminars, which focused on Dometic Marine products.

"We had an incredible turnout - this was an excellent opportunity to have some face-to-face time with our dealers," said Richard Miller, president of AER Supply, in a statement. "The timing for this training school was perfect; everyone must be up to speed and prepared to service returning customers as we climb our way out of the economic downturn."

Product engineers, service representatives and customer service managers from Dometic Marine gave presentations and conducted training on several new Cruisair and Marine Air products including the Emerald Split-System Air Conditioning Units, Breathe Easy Air Purifier and SmartStart Control.

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Imtra, a leading manufacturer and importer of marine products, and Donovan Marine, a marine equipment distributor for builders and commercial craft, announced an agreement to sell and support Imtra's complete range of wipers to the Gulf Coast region commercial markets.

Donovan will carry Imtra's Exalto and Decca straight-line wiper product ranges at its Harahan, La. facility and feature both product lines in its 2010 catalog.

"We have worked with Donovan Marine in the past and know them to be the premier commercial reseller in the Gulf States," said Alex Larsen, Imtra product manager, in a statement. "Donovan is an institution to its customers and has earned an extremely positive longtime reputation in their market. We are confident that our new association will be very successful."



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