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Quick Hits: May 12, 2020

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.

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