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Quick Hits: January 14, 2021

The Ferretti Group released its first sustainability report on corporate operations. The report, “Leading A Sustainable Future,” covers the Italy-based conglomerate’s efforts in environmental impact, innovation, supply chain and human capital. “If we want to continue to grow steadily as a market leader, it is essential to address the economic, environmental and social impacts produced by our activities on the local areas where we operate,” CEO Alberto Galassi said in a statement. Read the report here.

The National Marine Representatives Association is accepting applications for its $3,000 Marine Trades Scholarship, which is open to high-school seniors, as well as college and vocational students, pursuing education and a career in the marine industry. “We've awarded students working toward a wide range of careers, including boatbuilding, marine logistics, naval design and the Merchant Marines,” NMRA president Scott Kolodny said in a statement. Click here to apply. The deadline is April 1.

Beaufort County Community College in Washington, N.C., will offer two new diploma programs for the fall semester: Boat Manufacturing & Service and Boat Building. Connor Jones, who previously worked for Grady-White Boats, most recently as a process improvement engineer, was named the school’s lead boatbuilding professor. “I grew up around boats,” Jones said in a local newspaper article. “So I decided to take my experience in the industry … as an opportunity to teach other people about it.”


Battle on the Great Lakes Rages On

The Icebreaker Wind Turbine Development faces strong headwinds from boating and fishing groups.

Limestone Boat Co. Expands Dealer Network

The company adds four new dealers to its roster, with three to represent Aquasport Boats.

NMEA Announces ‘22 Training Course Schedule

For next year, marine training courses will be offered as virtual and in-person sessions for basic marine electronics installers, and in-person only for advanced installers.

GM Invests $150M in Electric Boat Start-Up

General Motors has acquired a 25-percent stake in Pure Watercraft, a Seattle-based e-propulsion outfit.

Patrick Acquires Marine and RV Seating Maker

The Elkhart, Ind.-based component manufacturer finalized its purchase of Williamsburg Marine and Williamsburg Furniture.

Dealers: Tell Us Your 2022 Retail Outlook

Our monthly Pulse Report survey asks dealers for their outlooks on 2022 retail sales.