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South Florida Business Journal Hands Out Marine Awards

MarineMax took the No. 2 spot for number of employees, as well as for revenue earned in 2019.

MarineMax took the No. 2 spot for number of employees, as well as for revenue earned in 2019.

JL Audio was ranked the No. 1 marine business in South Florida by the South Florida Business Journal for the number of workers it employees at 416, followed by MarineMax, which has 310 in the region.

Ranked in the No. 3 through 10 spots were, in order:

• Wartsila North America

• Land ’N’ Sea Distributing

• Bradford Marine

• Nautical Ventures Group

• Denison Yachting

• Pantropic Power

• Yacht Management

•Derecktor Florida.

In terms of revenue, ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar took the No. 1 spot with $36 billion earned in 2019.

The publication ranked MarineMax second with $630 million in revenue, followed by GMT Global Marine Travel ($180 million), Pantropic Power ($85 million), Nautical Ventures Group ($43.6 million).

The South Florida Business Journal produced a special section in conjunction with the Marine Industry Association of South Florida, highlighting the industry’s resilience during the pandemic, as well as its growth and focus on sustainability.

It also highlighted the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, slated to run Oct. 28-Nov. 1.


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Founded in January 2020, the firm has thus far acquired Beavers Bend Marina in Oklahoma and Galveston Yacht Basin in Texas.

Two Boosts for Boating and Fishing

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Norwalk Boat Show Held This Weekend

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Raritan Expands Team

Patrick McNeel joins the New Jersey-based manufacturer as a marine equipment product developer.

Industry Mourns Walter “Bing” Burns O’Meara

The longtime publisher of Lakeland Boating magazine has died at 81.

NMMA Announces Hall of Fame Inductees

Regulator Marine’s Joan Maxwell and Bill Watters of Syntec Industries will be honored at IBEX.

Brunswick Acquires SemahTronix

The supplier of wiring harnesses and other electrical assemblies will be part of Brunswick’s growing Advanced Systems Group.