Quick Hits: May 1, 2020


Add Kicker Marine Audio to the list of marine companies contributing to the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. Stillwater Designs, its parent company, said in a statement it donated more than 9,500 masks to medical centers in the Stillwater and Tulsa, Okla., with an additional 500 shipping to hospitals in New York City. The company also is 3-D-printing the bands that hold medical face shields in place.

KVH Industries announced it will add the Mediterranean region to its Elite service for HD streaming aboard yachts. The dedicated service, which has no overage charges or data limits, was launched last October in the Caribbean, where, the company said, it was well-received by both privately owned and charter yachts.

Patrick Industries said net sales decreased about 3 percent in the first quarter, with a 9.6 percent increase in operating income and a 6.7 percent operating margin expansion of 80 basis points. In the marine segment, which accounts for around 13 percent of sales, revenues of $78 million were a decrease of 14 percent, while powerboat wholesale unit shipments decreased 18 to 20 percent.

Groupe Beneteau said it will resume production at its Marion, S.C. facility May 4 after pausing operations for several weeks due to the covid-19 pandemic. “Groupe Beneteau has put many protective measures in place, keeping each employee’s safety at the forefront of importance,” COO Yannick Madiot said in the statement.


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.