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World Cat names new COO and CFO

World Cat power catamarans announces the promotion of Vann Knight to Chief Operating Officer, as well as the promotion of Andrea Woolard to Chief Financial Officer.  Knight has served as the Vice President of Operations for World Cat for the past three years. He has 23 years of manufacturing and product development experience, over half of which has been within the marine ...

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Outer Armor opens new facility

Commercial Sewing, the manufacturer of Outer Armor boat covers, bimini tops and accessories for the marine industry announced the opening of its new facility in Mexico. The new 75,000 square-foot facility adds 50-percent capacity to Commercial Sewing's network of plants and partners across the U.S. and Canada. The plant will also double capacity for PWC and boat cover production and allow ...

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Pre-owned boat sales exceeded one million units in 2020 for the first time since 2006

The Pre-Owned Boat Market section of NMMA’s 2020 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available. This report includes retail unit sales data, retail market values, average price information, and pre-owned boat sales trends from 2008-2020. Data from the report show pre-owned boat sales exceeded one million units in 2020 for the first time since 2006 to reach 1.05 million boats, an 8.6% increase ...

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Boating industry celebrates passage of bipartisan infrastructure bill

Many in the the recreational boating industry are applauding the passage of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act – commonly referred to as the bipartisan infrastructure framework (BIF) – which includes funding for recreation-based ports and waterways, funding for climate resiliency measures, and reauthorizes the $750 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. “The passage of this ...

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OSHA vaccine rule halted for now

A federal appeals court temporarily halted the Biden administration's Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule requiring private employers with 100 or more employees – firm or company-wide – to develop, implement, and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt a policy requiring employees to choose to either be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID-19 testing and wear a face covering ...

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Seakeeper purchases new facility to support growth

Seakeeper, has purchased a new, larger facility in Leesport, Pennsylvania to support its rapid growth. The 25.4-acre property will house Seakeeper’s core manufacturing and engineering operations and has a 249,504 square-foot facility already on site. The purchase comes after a search for the right facility that would allow the company to retain its current workforce of more than 150 of ...

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TPG Hotels, Resorts & Marinas acquires two historic marinas in Boston

TPG Hotels, Resorts & Marinas announced the acquisition of two historic marinas located on Boston’s spectacular South Shore. The Mill Warf Marina and the Scituate Harbor Marina, both located in Scituate Harbor, MA, add nearly 200 slips to the firm’s expanding marina management portfolio. “Mill Warf Marina and Scituate Harbor Marina are tremendous additions to our growing marina portfolio and ...

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New anglers become winners at “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!”

More than 40 aspiring anglers came from Florida as well as several other states to learn from the pros at the "Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!" Keys University, at the Elks Lodge, Tavernier, FL. Participants came to learn about fishing and practice their skills on the water. The event kicked off with a meet-and-greet social featuring networking, fundraisers and a Potluck Appetizer Contest.  ...

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Suntex Marinas continues charitable support of Folds of Honor

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Suntex Marinas announced its continued support of the charitable organization, Folds of Honor, as its title sponsor for the Folds of Honor North Texas Fifth Annual Gala.  Folds of Honor North Texas, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of fallen or wounded service members, will hold its annual gala on Saturday, November ...

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Do your customers see you thriving – or just surviving?

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By Mark Overbye I recently called a service business and was greeted by a gruff “Hello.” This was followed by, “Hang on,” when they paged the right person. Their harsh and uninviting tone was hardly the recipe for building a relationship. They didn’t know me; I was simply a first-time caller inquiring about their services. This presents the proverbial fork in the ...

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