Quick Hits: April 9, 2020


Chaparral and Robalo parent company Marine Products Corp., donated a shipment of hundreds of N95 masks to nursing homes and three hospitals in rural, southern Georgia. The masks, originally intended for its workers, were critical, especially as small hospitals struggle to get supplies, Chaparral vice president Ann Baldree told Trade Only. “They were desperate and were very appreciative,” said Baldree. “The state of Georgia is approaching a crisis mode.”

In a case that goes back to 2018, the conviction of a Miami charter captain who recklessly backed up a 91-foot yacht — leading to the death of a passenger — was upheld. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a district court was reasonable in sentencing Mauricio Alvarez to three years in federal prison via the Seaman’s Manslaughter Statute.

Marine Retailers Association of the Americas president Matt Gruhn was appointed to Minnesota’s Outdoor Recreation Task Force by the Department of Natural Resources and the state’s tourism board. The goal of the task force is to expand access to the outdoors and find areas for economic growth through outdoor recreation.



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.