Quick Hits: May 12, 2020

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Working with trade association partners, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas issued a comprehensive guide on best practices to operate safely as marine businesses — dealers, marinas, boatyards — begin to reopen. MRAA’s “Guide to Operating Your Boat Business Safely” can be downloaded here.

SeaDek Marine Products said it added professional fisherman Bill Lowen, a 10-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, as brand ambassador. The company added that partnering with aluminum bass-boat builder Xpress Boats, an early adopter of SeaDek’s non-skid flooring products, has been instrumental in building the brand’s presence in the freshwater fishing segment.

Pettit Paint president Scott Townsend announced the company opened a new facility in Mount Airy, N.C., that triples its warehousing space. Pettit said the facility will provide expedited shipping for 80 percent of its customers. The company also said it is moving corporate offices from Rockaway, N.J., to Hickory, N.C. The Rockaway location will remain the company’s global manufacturing hub.


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.