Changing Places


Custom yacht builder Northern Marine named Wes Fridell as human resources and safety manager.

Fridell previously worked at the builder under former owner Bud LeMieux. He has been in the industry for 30 years in the boatbuilder, retail, marina and distribution markets.

Fridell serves on the board of Skagit Valley College and Seattle Central Community College, which offer boat construction and design programs.

Northern Marine is based in Anacortes, Wash.

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Laborde Products hired salesman David DiSalvo, who will handle diesel equipment sales and marketing. He will serve the Gulf Coast and inland rivers territories.

DiSalvo brings 20 years of marine industry experience to Laborde. He spent 15 years as a senior sales consultant at Green Marine, selling major equipment. He spent two years working offshore on seismic vessels for Offshore Navigation Inc. and three years at Marine Power/Commercial Marine as a mechanic.

Covington, La.-based Laborde is a distributor of Yanmar, Mitsubishi, FPT and Hatz engines. It also packages its own diesel-powered generators, pumps, pressure washers and other custom diesel equipment under Diesel America.


NMMA Confirms Industry Growth

NMMA president Frank Hugelmeyer said the boating business grew 12 percent last year during yesterday’s virtual State of the Boating Industry address.

Newport Show Dates Announced

Organizers are planning for an in-person Golden Anniversary edition of the show Sept. 16-19.

Quick Hits: March 5, 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers names Brunswick Corp. CFO Ryan Gwillim to its Board of Directors.

Caught Red-Handed

Two commercial fishermen were jailed for possessing an illegal haul that included 100 undersized lobster tails, which is a felony. Also, fisheries management gets new funding.

Bennington Expands Operations

The pontoon builder plans to add jobs at its new facility in Elkhart County, Ind., and increase manufacturing output.

KVH Industries Names CFO

Longtime telecom financial executive Roger A. Kuebel assumes the position that COO Brent Bruun had held in an interim capacity.