Quick Hits: April 27, 2020


While Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest executive order extends the state’s stay-at-home policy through May 15, the state lifted restrictions on several sporting activities, including powerboating. After the announcement, several lawsuits against the governor were dropped, with other pending litigation expected to follow suit.

In short, Malcolm McLean built a better box. Sixty-four years ago this week, the first intermodal shipping containers featuring McLean’s innovative twistlock made their maiden voyage from the Port of Newark, N.J., to Houston, and on to ubiquity. His twistlock made it possible to stack and lock several containers together, then release and latch onto semis utilizing the same mechanism.

The Shanghai International Boat Show, set for June 22-24, has been postponed until next year.“Although the covid-19 outbreak has been largely controlled in China, the spread of the global epidemic has brought more uncertainties for exhibitions,” organizers said in a statement. The 2021 show is scheduled for April 1-3.


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.