Author Archives: Adam Quandt

World Cat awarded 2019 Governor Export Award

World Cat was recently awarded the 2019 Governor Export Award by the Economic Development Partnership North Carolina (EDPNC). World Cat was one of six companies to receive this illustrious award. The EDPNC Governor Export Award is awarded to North Carolina-based manufacturing companies who have shown growing sales success in international markets. “The EDPNC is proud to celebrate companies like World ...

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Boating and Fishing communities celebrate approval of Biscayne fisheries management plan

Last week, after decades of debate, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved the Biscayne National Park (BNP) Fisheries Management Plan. NMMA and much of the recreational boating and fishing community advocated in favor of the plan, which is aimed at increasing the size and abundance of targeted species within the Park by 20%. The plan enters into ...

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Cobalt celebrates manufacturing safety milestone

Cobalt Boats has announced that in 2019 it achieved the distinction of compiling more than one million hours worked without a lost-time injury. Cobalt’s approximately 708 employees at its factory in Neodesha, Kansas, reached the million-hour milestone just before Christmas, providing further confirmation of the company’s commitment to workplace safety. This is a first in Cobalt’s long history. To mark ...

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NMMA reports December powerboat registrations

NMMA announced its December New Powerboat Registrations Report showing new powerboat retail unit sales closed the fourth quarter of 2019 up 4% on a rolling 3-month year-over-year (R3M YOY) basis and closed 2019 down 1% on a rolling 12-month year-over-year basis, marking the second highest level of new powerboat sales in 12 years.  “It was encouraging to see new boat sales pick ...

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Garmin reports strong revenue, operating income growth

Garmin Ltd. announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 28, 2019. “2019 was another exciting year of growth thanks to our strong lineup of products and unique innovations,” said Cliff Pemble, president and chief executive officer of Garmin Ltd. “We entered 2020 with a great lineup of recently introduced products with more on the way. We ...

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United States Warranty Corporation celebrates 45 years of consumer education

A milestone is fast approaching for United States Warranty Corporation (USWC) as it celebrates 45 years as an educator in the service contract industry.  Established in 1975, USWC was purchased in the early 1990’s, by Terry Landis and originally offered RV and Bus Service Contracts, (extended warranties). Today, the company's diversified portfolio includes up to four different coverage plans for marine ...

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New England Boat Show reports strong attendance, boat sales

The nine-day Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show concluded on Sunday, reporting an attendance of 50,726, down 2% from last year’s record attendance of 51,725, but up 2% from the three year average attendance of 49,728. Even more, NMMA said exhibitors are reporting strong boat sales and positive conversations with attendees for the second year in a row. NMMA reported the show’s brand ...

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Williams Jet Tenders names new development director

Williams Jet Tenders has announced that long-term team member, Dan Bloice-Smith has been promoted to development director. In his new position Bloice-Smith will oversee the development of all new products for Williams, as well as the on-going evolution of the existing world-class Williams range. Bloice-Smith joined Williams 10 years ago as an engineer and has been instrumental in the growth ...

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Sea Tow Foundation promotes life jacket use at MIBS 2020

When more than 100,000 individuals visited this year’s Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show to see the new boats and boating gear, the Sea Tow Foundation made sure that the attendees received a quick course in the importance of wearing life jackets when on or around the water. As a result of the show’s captive audience, tens of thousands of boating enthusiasts  interacted with ...

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18 products receive Innovation Awards at MIBS 2020

he NMMA and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored winners of the 2020 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, recognizing exceptionally groundbreaking new consumer marine products. The Awards were presented during the boat show’s annual Innovation Breakfast, held at the Rusty Pelican on Virginia Key. This year’s program evaluated 71 products across 21 categories. The judges ultimately selected 18 winners. The Innovation Awards ...

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