Innovation Award winners from Minneapolis show announced

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International presented the winners of the 2019 Minneapolis Innovation Awards on Wednesday, the opening night of the Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show.

Last year was the first time the Innovation Awards were chosen at Minneapolis and for 2019, manufacturers were judged by BWI members in the following categories, aluminum fishing boats, fiberglass fishing boats and pontoons. This year’s three winners, Lund Boats, Skeeter Boats and Smoker Craft, Inc., were chosen from 11 products.

“We’re proud to host a portion of the prestigious Innovation Awards here in Minneapolis, showcasing the strength and innovation of marine manufacturing in the upper Midwest,” Darren Envall, Minneapolis show manager, said in a statement. “Fishing boats and pontoons have a strong presence in this marketplace, and the boat show is the place to check out the newest innovations, particularly in these sectors, year after year.”

The 2019 Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show Innovation Award winners are:

  • Aluminum Fishing Boats: Lund Boats Adventure
  • Fiberglass Fishing Boats: Skeeter Boats WX2200
  • Pontoon Boats: Smoker Craft Inc. Mirage 8524 DLZ Bar

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