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Mercury receives record donations for annual food drive

Mercury Marine’s annual “Fill the Boat to Cast Out Hunger” food drive to benefit the Fondy Food Pantry has raised close to $13,000 — a new record for food and cash donations. For a full week, Mercury employees in Fond du Lac participate in one of the most popular company events of the year. In 2019, Mercury employees contributed 4,811 pounds of nonperishable food ...

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Trump Administration announces Section 301 List 4A exclusion process

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently announced that on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 it will begin accepting tariff exclusion requests for Chinese products subject to an additional 15% tariff (Section 301 List 4A) that went into effect on Sep. 1, 2019. Exclusion requests will be received via USTR’s online exclusion request processing portal at exclusions.ustr.gov – details regarding the ...

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Minneapolis Boat Show seeking Innovation Award entries

The Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® Innovation Awards program is now accepting submissions. The program provides the opportunity for eligible exhibitors to enter new products into three product categories: aluminum fishing boats, fiberglass fishing boats and pontoon boats. Entrants to the 2020 program will not only have a chance to win a coveted Innovation Award, but will also boost their product’s visibility through editorial ...

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NMMA Canada issues call for Hall of Fame nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 NMMA Canada Hall of Fame. Inductees in the NMMA Canada Hall of Fame include those who have, or those who continue to generate substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry.  The due date for nominations is October 25. The 2020 NMMA Canada Hall of Fame inductee will be announced ...

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Grow Boating, MRAA launch part II of first-time boat shopper course

As part of its educational partnership, Grow Boating and MRAA are now offering the second course – Selling to First-Time Boat Shoppers’ Motivations – in a three-part series of e-learning courses, which can be viewed at www.mraa.com/GrowBoating.  The purpose of the series, Grow Your Dealership with First-Time Boat Buyers, is to transform Discover Boating’s research of first-time boat buyers into education, tools and resources that ...

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US Department of Commerce honors Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers

Ian Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, presented Yamaha Marine Precision Propellers Incorporated (YPPI) with a certificate of appreciation honoring the company’s investment in the state of Indiana. The certificate recognizes YPPI as an international company making a significant contribution to the state’s economy. “On behalf of the entire team at ...

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Brant Hansen to speak at marine industry culture summit

Correct Craft recently announced that Brant Hansen will be speaking at the upcoming Marine Industry Culture Summit. Brant Hansen is an author, nationally syndicated radio host, and advocate for healing children with correctible disabilities through CURE International, a global ministry of hospitals and programs that offer healing for children. Brant has won multiple “personality of the year” awards for his work ...

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CED Marine announces sale to electronics industry veteran

Consolidated Electronic Distributors/CED Marine, a wholesale distributor of marine electronics, has announced the sale of the company by long-time owner Jules Rutstein to veteran consumer electronics industry investor and operator Gregory Borchardt, effective as of Oct. 1, 2019. Established in 1971, CED Marine carries well-known marine electronics brands from top manufacturers for navigation, communication, sonar, entertainment, safety & lighting, and ...

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NMMA: New powerboat registrations down slightly through August

NMMA’s New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated with data through August. New powerboat sales were down slightly (0.9%) on a rolling 12-month year-over-year basis and down 2% on a rolling three-month year-over-year basis through August. Total new units sold to date in 2019 reached 274,200 and by year-end are expected to be on par with or slightly below 2018. “Despite ...

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Trump Administration announces partnership to grow outdoor recreation economy

Last week, in support of the Trump administration’s Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) announced the selection of 10 communities under the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities assistance program to help revitalize their Main Streets ...

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