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Brunswick names new Lowe and Crestliner presidents

LAKE FOREST, Ill. March 27, 2013 – The Brunswick Boat Group (BBG), a unit of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), today announced Ben Cast has been named president of Lowe Boats, and Cecil Cohn president of Crestliner Boats, succeeding Cast.  Both report to Jeff Kinsey, president – Freshwater Boats.  Both appointments are effective April 1. Both Cast and Cohn joined Brunswick ...

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NMMA, others challenge E15 ruling

On March 25, 2013 the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) as a part of The Engine Products Group, comprising the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Alliance), The Association of Global Automakers, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and the National Marine Manufacturers Association; filed a petition for certiorari asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the DC Circuit Court of Appeals’ August ...

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Brunswick names new Boston Whaler president

LAKE FOREST, Ill. March 22, 2013 – The Brunswick Boat Group (BBG), a unit of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), today announced Huw Bower has been named president of Boston Whaler, reporting to Andy Graves, president – Brunswick Boat Group.  In his new appointment, which is effective March 25, Bower will be responsible for managing the Boston Whaler, Brunswick Commercial & ...

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BRP introduces its inboard jet propulsion system

Valcourt, Québec, March 19, 2013 – BRP expands its marine engines portfolio by offering an in-board jet propulsion system, using its proven Rotax 4-TEC 1503 engine. BRP's Marine Propulsion Systems division in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, formerly the Outboard Engine division, will now assemble Rotax inboard propulsion systems in addition to Evinrude outboard engines. The heart of the jet propulsion system is ...

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Brunswick names new Sea Ray president

 LAKE FOREST, Ill. March 8, 2013 – The Brunswick Boat Group, a unit of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), today announced that Tim Schiek has been named president of the Sea Ray Group effective March 11.  He will report to Andy Graves, president – Brunswick Boat Group.  Schiek, with Brunswick for the past 18 years, has been president of the Boston ...

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Brunswick consolidates yacht production, suspends manufacturing in Merritt Island, Fla.

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) announced today that it will consolidate its yacht and motor yacht production at its Palm Coast, Fla., manufacturing plant.  As a result, Brunswick will suspend manufacturing at its Sykes Creek boat manufacturing facility in nearby Merritt Island, Fla., at the end of June. The Brunswick Boat Group's (BBG) Product Development and Engineering center, located adjacent to ...

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Spectra Composites opens Florida facility

Spectra Composites, a full-range composite materials distributor based in Springfield, Missouri has announced the opening of its newest warehouse in Fort Pierce, Florida. “We are extremely pleased to be able to better address the needs of our Florida customers with this dedicated 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art distribution facility” stated Tom Faris, Spectra’s National Sales Manager. “This has been lengthy process ...

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NMMA revises Miami boat show attendance numbers

The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced a correction in its reporting of the Miami International Boat Show final attendance numbers today, revising the final number to 102,118 – a 1-percent increase when compared to last year. Originally, the NMMA reported 100,689 people attended the show, which was essentially flat when compared to the 100,917 people who attended  in 2012.

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West Marine rides e-commerce and store optimization to gains in 2012

West Marine’s net revenue increased nearly 5 percent in 2012 over the prior year as it moved forward with its store optimization strategy and increased focus on its e-commerce operations. In 2012, West Marine’s revenue increased 4.9 percent to $675.3 million, while comparable store sales increased 3.3 percent, which marks the 12th consecutive quarter of comparable store sales growth. In ...

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Vancouver Boat Show holds strong with new holiday dates

VANCOUVER, BC – The 51st annual Vancouver International Boat Show closed Monday, February 11, with onsite sales and leads generated during the 5-day show forecasting a positive 2013 for Western Canada’s boating industry. “The feedback from exhibitors and attendees alike has been excellent,” says Show Manager Eric Nicholl. “Our focus on developing new and diverse features and seminars was clearly a ...

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