Industry executives meet with Congressional Boating Caucus

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According to today’s Currents newsletter, staff of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, executives from marine manufacturers and members of the Congressional Boating Caucus met yesterday for a briefing on Capitol Hill. The event, called “Boating Industry Briefing: Jobs, Businesses and the Economy,” highlighted the economic impact of boating.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) attended the event.

The NMMA released its latest economic data infographics, which highlight the industry’s economic impact at national, state, regional and congressional district levels. The association reported that the boating industry generated $170.3 billion in spending in 2018. It also supported 691,000 jobs and 35,000 businesses across all 50 states.

Walorski told marine manufacturers she is working to fight the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, which are hurting Indiana manufacturers, as well as businesses across the country. Huizenga noted that support of business-friendly legislation, such as the Modern Fish Act, is crucial to ensuring the boating industry continues to thrive. Beatty thanked the industry representatives for supporting small businesses and discussed how the Congressional Boating Caucus looks for bipartisan opportunities to help the boating industry.

The industry was represented by Kevin Grodzki of Brunswick Corp., David Slikkers of Tiara Yachts, Bill Yeargin of Correct Craft, and Joan Maxwell of Regulator Marine. The executives discussed issues facing marine manufacturing and their outlook for business growth in the coming years.

"We're here today to tell you that boating is more than fun,” Maxwell told the legislators. “What we really want you to understand is that it's about people going to work, and we need your help to ensure these people keep going to work."

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