Author Archives: Tim Hennagir

Water Sports Industry Association launches “Wake Responsibly” campaign

In an effort to proactively educate drivers on courteous boating behavior, the Water Sports Industry Association has debuted its Wake Responsibly campaign to help minimize conflicts on waterways between homeowners and towed water sports enthusiasts. WSIA and NMMA are spreading the word about the new campaign by sharing a video. To learn more about the Wake Responsibly campaign, visit the WSIA website.

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Brunswick completes move into new corporate headquarters

Brunswick Corporation has moved into its new corporate headquarters offices in the Woodland Falls Corporate Center at 26125 North Riverwoods Road, Ste. 500, Mettawa, IL. Since 1993, the company had been based in the Conway Park office complex in nearby Lake Forest, Ill.  Brunswick, which was founded in 1845 in Cincinnati, has been headquartered in the Chicago area since 1847. Occupying ...

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Alumacraft 2017 dealer meeting draws 400 attendees

Alumacraft's 2017 dealer meeting included dealers, vendors and industry leaders from as far away as Sweden, Russia and the Netherlands. “It’s great to bring so many members of the Alumacraft family together in one place to celebrate, share ideas, and forward our vision for 2018 and beyond,” said Alumacraft President James Irwin. The 2017 Alumacraft Dealer Meeting was held Aug. ...

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Skeeter Boats’s new trailer factory helps hone vertical integration strategy

Skeeter Boats’s new trailer factory in Kilgore, Texas, is helping Yamaha hone its vertical integration strategy. Construction of the facility was completed last December. The first trailer prototypes came off of the line early this year, said Jeff Stone, senior vice president, Skeeter Boats, Inc. Kilgore Economic Development Corporation deeded two tracts of land to Skeeter Boats through an agreement with the company. ...

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New study reveals 142 million Americans went boating in 2016

An estimated 142 million Americans went boating in 2016 – 36 percent of U.S. households – according to the 2016 Recreational Boating Participation Study, released today by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and Discover Boating. Of the 142 million individuals, 17 million individuals were first-time participants, and half of these first-time participants were children under age 18. Of those Americans who went ...

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ORIR continues to form strong bonds with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

A coalition of boating industry trade associations continues to form strong bonds with Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke through their work with the Outdoor Recreational Industry Roundtable. The ORIR includes BoatUS, MRAA and NMMA, as well as the American Sportfishing Association. Combined, the outdoor recreation industry generates $887 billion annually in economic activity and provides an estimated 7.6 ...

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Johnson Outdoors posts record-high earnings in Q3 2017

Johnson Outdoors Inc. reported double-digit growth in sales and operating profit for the third quarter of 2017, with double-digit growth in the company’s fishing brands driving sales to $104 million for an 18 percent increase in segment revenue. Higher volumes in fishing, stronger performance in diving and improved margins in all units were key drivers in the improvement in operating ...

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Yamaha Marine Systems Company acquisitions address integration, innovation

It’s been a busy summer for Yamaha Marine Systems Company. In June, the newly formed subsidiary of Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. acquired the assets of Kracor, Inc., a rotational molding manufacturer based in Milwaukee, Wis. A month later, Yamaha acquired Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based Bennett Marine, Inc., the company best known for adjustable hydraulic trim tab systems and the recently launched ...

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Republican leaders scrap Border Adjustment Tax

Since it was announced over a year ago, the Border Adjustment Tax was highly controversial among manufacturers. While it had the potential to raise revenue, it also divided American manufacturers and industries. Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin ...

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Congressional committees approve Everglades Restoration Funding

The U.S. Senate and House Appropriations Committees recently approved Energy and Water funding for Fiscal Year 2018. Both bills include $82 million for repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike and $76 million for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration for the Everglades. The National Marine Manufacturers Association, along with 18 recreational fishing and boating groups, sent a letter to members of Congress on June ...

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