Brunswick Corp’s Fort Wayne, Ind., facility — where Harris and Cypress Cay pontoons are manufactured and home to the company’s Pontoon Technology Center — achieved a major milestone for the builder as its first to reach Zero Waste to Landfill status. In addition to addressing all of the site’s waste streams, some of the sustainable steps included reusing scrap wood from deck boards in shipping materials, utilizing new cutting patterns for aluminum sheets and installing a state-of-the-art air compressor system that replaces an older, water-cooled system that reportedly will save 10 million gallons of water over its lifespan. “This is only the beginning of our sustainability journey,” said Fort Wayne environmental, health and safety manager Aaron Martin in a statement. “We are thrilled to achieve Zero Waste to Landfill status, but we want to be the most sustainable pontoon builder in the world and we are working hard to achieve our goal.”
Kemah Capital, a specialty lines managing general agency headquartered in Houston, Texas, has entered the U.S. marine market by offering recreational yacht insurance. The policies will be underwritten from a newly opened office in Essex, Conn., and the company plans to further expand into the marine market. “The opening of Kemah’s marine business is consistent with our long term strategy of controlled expansion into segments where we believe we can add true value to our customers and produce superior results for our capacity providers,” said Kemah Capital president Graham Bell in a statement.