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Quick Hits: April 21, 2020

The Outdoor Recreational Roundtable announced it named Lindsey Davis vice president. The group said it created the new position to offer leadership and help meet the “ever-evolving needs of the industry during this pandemic and into the future.”

FLIR Systems shares rallied after Reuters reported that Amazon was buying thermal-imaging cameras to scan the temperatures of employees at six of its warehouses. FLIR is the parent company of Raymarine.

The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation — named after the founder of Robalo and Chaparral parent Marine Products Corp. — announced a donation of $100,000 to Nashville, Ga. -based non-profit The Caring Place. “Chaparral Boats has operated in Nashville since 1976,” Marine Products Corp. CEO Richard A. Hubbell said in a statement. “We are pleased to participate in a meaningful way to support our employees, their families, and the broader community in Nashville and Berrien County.”


St. Petersburg Show Opens Thursday

The 44th edition combines with the Tampa Boat Show to create what organizers say is the largest show on the Florida Gulf Coast.

Pay To Play

When Covid restrictions were widespread, some MTAs found a new revenue stream by charging admission to previously free shows, and visitors had no problem ponying up.

Yamaha Expands F25 Line

The company added short-shaft power trim and tilt models, and two models with improved tiller handles.

MRAA Donates to Educational Foundation

The group reinvested $100,000 in donations it received to help the foundation’s effort to address workforce shortages.

TPG Adds to Marine Portfolio

The hospitality and marina management firm acquired Conanicut Marina and Taylor Point Boat Yard in Jamestown, R.I.

Trade Only Today Returns Jan. 18

The daily e-newsletter will not publish Monday, Jan. 17, in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday weekend.

ECONOMY REPORT: Omnipresent Omicron

The year closed with an uptick in consumer confidence, but the latest coronavirus variant threatens to derail progress