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Alumacraft adds SkipperBud’s to dealer network

SkipperBud’s announced that it has been added to Alumacraft’s dealer network. “We are so pleased to be able to sign SkipperBud’s and welcome them to our dealer family,” says Bruce Baron, Alumacraft vice president of sales and marketing. “Their multiple locations throughout the Midwest will bring us a strong presence on the Great Lakes, filling a market that will be ...

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Congressional committees approve Everglades Restoration Funding

The U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committees recently approved Energy and Water funding for Fiscal Year 2018. Both bills include $82 million for repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike and $76 million for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration for the Everglades. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, along with 18 recreational fishing and boating groups, sent a letter to members of Congress on June ...

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Skeeter Boats announces new trailer factory

Skeeter Boats announced the establishment of a new trailer factory. Skeeter Built trailers will provide 100 percent of Skeeter boat production starting in the third quarter of this year. As a part of the expansion, Skeeter will add up to 35 new employees who will be based in the 43,000-square-foot trailer factory in Kilgore, Texas. “The expansion into the boat ...

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Nominations open for 2018 STEP Ahead Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Science, Technology, Engineering and Production Ahead Awards are now being accepted. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women on a national platform — from the factory floor to the C-suite — who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in manufacturing. This national honor identifies the best of the best women in the manufacturing industry, and further encourages women to ...

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RBLC task force launches new media awareness campaign

Following last fall's launch of its education training module, “Proven Strategies for Engaging New Markets,” the Recreational Boating Leadership Council’s New Market Task Force released a free package of new trade advertisements designed to invite and drive access to the official training webinar, collateral and video content that will be available to all businesses in the marine industry. The 45-minute ...

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NMMA testifies at EPA hearing, shares members’ concerns about E15

The National Marine Manufacturers Association testified at the 2018 EPA Renewable Volume Obligation hearing. Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA vice president of federal and legal affairs, addressed the concerns the recreational boating industry has with E15 during the Aug. 1 hearing. “The initial 2010 waiver and this RVO proposal, do nothing to guarantee the continued availability of E10, while billions of gallons of ...

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Wells Fargo CDF extends strategic financing program to IBBI

Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance, part of Wells Fargo & Company, has extended its strategic floorplan financing agreement with the Independent Boat Builders, Inc., a boat manufacturer buying group in the U.S. and Canada. The program covers 19 member manufacturers that sell 36 brands. Based in West Frankfort, Ill., IBBI is the largest cooperative buying group in the U.S. and ...

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NMEA announces education and training lineup

The National Marine Electronics Association has published the full education and training schedule for the 2017 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, which runs Sept. 26-28 at the Hilton Bellevue Hotel in Bellevue, Washington. Each day the education and training sessions will end before the exposition hall opens, allowing all attendees, including exhibitors, to attend both the classroom sessions ...

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Newport International Boat Show announces sponsorship agreement with LH-Finance

Newport Exhibition Group has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with marine financing specialist LH-Finance for the Newport International Boat Show. “We are delighted to partner with the Newport International Boat Show as their premiere lending source and sponsor of the LH-Finance VIP Lounge,” said Herve Bonnet, CEO of LH-Finance. “The Newport International Boat Show organizers are dedicated to enhancing the ...

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Technomarine selected for Jockey Club renovation project

With crystal-clear waters, sun rise views to the east, and a downtown Miami skyline to the south, Jockey Club at the north end of Biscayne Bay is tucked away as a quiet little hidden gem. Technomarine has been awarded the design-build contract for the complete renovation of the docks at Jockey Club’s newest addition, Apeiron, which will now offer a ...

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