Quick Hits: November 3, 2020


The National Marine Manufacturers Association will host a webinar on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. to discuss the results of the 2020 election, and what the results mean for the recreational marine industry. The lineup includes NMMA government and legal affairs vice president Nicole Vasilaros, Forbes-Tate partner George Cooper, and Hamilton Place Strategies partner Tucker Warren, according to the NMMA. They will also host followup webinars to examine the elections’ impact on various states. Register for the Post-Election Federal Advocacy Briefing here

Marine distress signal supplier Wescom Signal and Rescue is sponsoring Latitude 35, a four-man team that will participate in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge — a 3,000-mile ocean rowing race that kicks off this December. The extreme event starts on the Canary Islands and ends in the English Harbour of Antigua, and has raised more than 6 million pounds, roughly $7.8 million, for people in need. “Flares are an essential piece of kit that we must carry, and WesCom Signal and Rescue manufacturers the best on the market,” said LAT35 team member Jimmy Carroll in a statement. “Handling pyrotechnics professionally is key and understanding how to use them is an important part of the preparation we have undertaken to take part in the race.”


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.