Tech expo attracts wide array of attendees

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More than 200 marine technicians from 28 states attended this year’s National Marine Service Expo hosted by the Association of Marine Technicians.

The event, held Jan. 15-19 in Ormond Beach, Fla., featured technical training courses on a variety of subjects, from engines to electrical systems to fuels and fuel additives. This year, Amtech extended its technical training from two to four days and replaced the traditional service-oriented trade show with a panel discussion and technical seminars.

The panel included professionals from all over the industry’s service community to discuss how marine businesses can survive in a down economy. Topics ranged from shop labor rates, budgeting and training funds, to inventory control, sales and service and market trends.

“The flow of information proved to be so positive that we are excited to add another panel discussion to next year’s program for 2010,” Amtech president Joe De Marco said in a statement.

“I was amazed at the number of technicians that attended NMSE this year during such a difficult time,” De Marco added. “It just goes to prove that marine service is doing well and it’s a key component to our industry’s success, regardless of the economic conditions.”

Amtech also held its annual members meeting during event, at which time the association’s board presented De Marco with a plaque honoring him for his work and dedication to marine service.

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