Industry mourns Akzo Nobel vice president

Stephen C. Smith Sr., who worked at U.S. Paint Corp. and rose to vice president of sales development at Akzo Nobel, died Saturday. He was 65.

Stephen C. Smith Sr., who worked at U.S. Paint Corp. and rose to vice president of sales development at Akzo Nobel, died Saturday. He was 65.


An obituary said Smith began a long career in the marine industry in 1974 as part-owner of Enterprise Manufacturing in Pawtucket, R.I.

He also held positions at Stokes Marine Industries in Coldwater, Mich., and began a sales career at Rule Industries in Gloucester, Mass.

Akzo Nobel named a building in his honor — the Stephen Smith Yacht Paint Application Training Center in Cocoa Beach, Fla. He served on the board of the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association.

The obituary said Smith had a love for the ocean and was an avid boater.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today at the William W. Tripp Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, R.I.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 984 Taunton Ave., Seekonk, Mass. Interment will follow at Seekonk Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family said memorial gifts to The Miriam Hospital Foundation/Miriam Comprehensive Cancer Center, 164 Summit Ave., Providence, RI 02906 would be appreciated.


Patrick Industries Acquires Taco Metals

The components manufacturer had been family-owned for 60 years.

Consumers Say E15 Warning Labels Are Ineffective

A new poll shows that current branding efforts do not adequately warn consumers to the risk and legality of using the blended fuel with certain engines.

Silent-Yachts’ New Project

The Austrian solar yacht outfit will use VW’s electric drive system on a vessel to be drawn by Spanish car brand Cupra.

Industry Mourns Christopher Ramirez

A regional sales manager at Garmin, Ramirez died suddenly at age 35 last month.

Quick Hits: December 1, 2020

Freedom Boat Club announces 250th location; ShoreMaster/Hydrohoist acquires Neptune Boat Lifts; MarineMax names brand manager; and Arkansas scientists study fishing license increase.

Our Great Lakes Are Battered and Need Help

The eight-state region that accounts for one-third of annual boat sales has seen unprecedented damage from high waters. A bipartisan legislative effort looks to protect the region and its small businesses.

Boat Demand Remains Strong, But Inventory Shortages Prevail

Dealers worry that the absence of new boats is driving up prices.

Electric Boat Company Completes IPO Process

Canada-based e-mobility outfit Vision Marine raises $27.6 million to reinvest in its line of electric vessels and 180-hp, E-Motion outboard.

Besenzoni Introduces Electric-Powered Gangways

The company says it will introduce electric power across its line of ladders, tender lifts and more.