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Quick Hits: May 4, 2020

Ferretti Group resumed production at its Italian yards Friday after establishing new covid-19 safety protocols and successful negotiations with trade union representatives at facilities in Ancona, Mondolfo, Cattolica, Forlì, La Spezia and Sarnico. “Today is a good day for us to reopen our shipyards and reopen them safely, thanks to the commitment of many who care about Ferretti Group’s people,” CEO Alberto Galassi said in a statement.

Mantus Marine is converting snorkel masks into ventilator masks, as well as designing and producing acrylic intubation shields. Mantus founder Greg Kutsen is an emergency-room doctor who witnessed the shortage of protective personal equipment, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The Texas company purchased more than 1.5 million surgical masks, 100,000 KN95 masks and 70,000 face shields to supply local hospitals.


Liqui Moly Adds Defender as Distributor

The marine supplier picked up the German fuel additive manufacturer for U.S. distribution.

Good and Not-So-Good News

As Brunswick backs the Vamos A Pescar initiative to increase Hispanic fishing participation, invasive carp DNA has been detected in the Milwaukee River.

U.S. Powerboat Show Returns

Organizers reported more than 300 exhibitors and record attendance. The show “did not disappoint,” said one dealer.

Winnebago Commits to Net-Zero Emissions

The parent of Chris-Craft and Barletta joins U.N. Global Compact signatories aiming for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.