Author Archives: David

Hey, D.C. – The House is on Fire!

In the late 1990’s the U.S. government was running a budget surplus with plans to be totally out of debt by 2006. Shortly after the new millennium our leaders decided to cut taxes, add prescription drugs as a new Medicare entitlement, and fight two wars on a credit card, all of which created significant annual deficits and turned a good ...

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Brunswick announces sale of fitness division for $490 million

Brunswick Corporation today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its fitness business to KPS Capital Partners, LP, a private investment firm, in an all-cash transaction for approximately $490 million. Following completion of the sale, Brunswick will be comprised solely of its global marine portfolio, which includes market-leading positions in propulsion, parts and accessories, boats and services. ...

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House appropriations spending bill would boost workforce funding

The House Appropriations Committee released its proposed Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) funding bill, which would bolster workforce development initiatives. Securing robust funding for the Department of Labor’s workforce programs to help address the recreational boating industry’s shortfall of qualified workers is a top NMMA priority, and the association applauded the ...

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Florida lawmakers approve boat titling law

The Florida Legislature approved the Uniform Certificate of Title Act (HB 475/S 676) – a top recreational boating industry priority – sending the bill to Governor Ron DeSantis for his signature. NMMA heralded the legislation’s passage, calling titling a vital tool in the effort to protect consumers from buying damaged, destroyed, or stolen boats. In response, NMMA vice president of ...

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NMMA welcomes Senator Grassley’s call to end aluminum and steel tariffs

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) – chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade-related matters – penned an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, stating that Section 232 aluminum and steel tariffs targeting Canada and Mexico – and both countries’ subsequent retaliatory measures – must be removed before Congress will ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). ...

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NMMA applauds Congressional Democrats and President Trump meeting on infrastructure

President Trump and congressional Democrats met at the White House to begin discussions on passing and signing a robust infrastructure package into law. NMMA welcomed the summit and urged leaders to modernize blue-green infrastructure as part of any comprehensive proposal. "We applaud the continued dialogue between policymakers on repairing our nation's crumbling infrastructure, said Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA senior vice president ...

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Beneteau America appoints Emerald Coast Marine Group as its newest powerboat dealership

Beneteau America has appointed Emerald Coast Marine Group as its newest powerboat dealership to represent the Gran Turismo, Monte Carlo, Swift Trawler, Antares, Flyer and Barracuda product lines exclusively in the Northwest Gulf Coast from Mississippi to Port St. Joe, Florida, beginning model year 2020. New product is expected to arrive at the dealership in July. “Beneteau is proud to ...

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IDS partners with Kenect to help dealers streamline customer texting

Integrated Dealer Systems (IDS), a leading RV and marine dealership software provider, is excited to announce its integration with Kenect, a business texting platform that allows dealers to send and receive text messages from their existing business phone line. This integration allows users of the IDS Astra G2 dealership management system to sync contacts from IDS to Kenect and vice ...

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Lake Union Sea Ray changes name to Union Marine

Lake Union Sea Ray announced its name will change to Union Marine effectively immediately. At the same time, the company unveiled a new identity and website at www.unionmarine.com. The new site prominently features the company’s inventory sales & service departments at their three locations in Seattle, Fife & Bellingham. The redesigned site allows customers to shop with ease and find ...

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Fusion brings big sounds in marine audio to a new compact form factor

Fusion, a leader in marine audio entertainment, introduces the new Apollo RA670 delivering powerful technology to a wider market in a new premium form factor. The Fusion RA670 has all the bells and whistles of the Apollo Series in an all new compact form. Featuring a brilliant, optically bonded, full-color LCD display, Fusion’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, Fusion-Link integration ...

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