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TPP – Thank you President Trump for reconsidering

Global trade has been in the headlines recently and many are concerned about the impact of a trade war. The U.S. and China have both been using threatening rhetoric that has some people worried. Because of these developments, President Trump has recently asked his team to reconsider the administration’s position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). TPP was a hot campaign ...

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The Future: An open letter to President Trump

Dear Mr. President, You have a big job, in fact, the biggest. I cannot imagine the number of items you must consider each day. Therefore, I want to be respectful of your time while also asking you to consider some thoughts that I believe are critical to the future of our country. Mr. President, as you know, the world is ...

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Global Trade is Tough – Aluminum Proves It

In November the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a historic self-initiated investigation into whether China is selling certain aluminum product into the United States at below fair market value. What made this action historic was that the Department has not self-initiated an investigation in over 25 years. Normally, the catalyst for an investigation is a complaint by an impacted U.S. ...

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Big Shoes to Fill

Last month our company, Correct Craft, celebrated the 100th birthday of Ralph Meloon, a son of our founder and lifelong member of the Correct Craft team. Ralph has had a tremendous impact on our company and has served pretty much every key role at Correct Craft including President and Chairman. He still serves today as our Chairman Emeritus and we ...

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Vice President Pence’s visit and tax reform

Last week Correct Craft was honored to have Vice President Mike Pence visit our world headquarters in Orlando and tour our largest company, Nautique Boats. Accompanying Vice President Pence on the visit were Florida’s Gov. Rick Scott and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Nautique President Greg Meloon and I were honored to tour the vice president around our Orlando ...

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An industry for sale – the seller’s struggle

The boating industry is going through substantial changes – more than it ever has. One significant factor impacting our industry is a generational change in leadership. With many of our boating industry leaders looking toward retirement, the leadership of our industry will be much different in a few years. A significant catalyst driving this change is the desire of many ...

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Technology and globalization

Technology and globalization are two trends that are combining with incredible force to significantly impact us all (and our industry). It does not matter if we consider technology and/or globalization as good or bad; they are both changing our world in a big way. While bringing significant benefits on a global/macro level, both globalization and technology can also bring substantial ...

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Free trade – follow up

Earlier this month I wrote a blog for Boating Industry titled “The Free Trade Question.” After the blog was published I received several great comments and questions about free trade, and, as teachers everywhere say, “If you have questions, others probably do too.” So, this blog will share some thoughts triggered by the comments and questions I received related to ...

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The free trade question

Between working as CEO of a company in the boating industry with global distribution (70 countries) and serving, until recently, as co-chair of the Manufacturing Council’s Trade, Tax Policy and Export Growth Committee (a group of business leaders who advise the U.S. Secretary of Commerce), I have spent a fair bit of time thinking about global trade. Trade was a ...

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Manufacturing Day – Looking out for our future!

Pretty much any time a group of my fellow CEOs get together, the discussion will eventually head toward what many of us describe as our biggest challenge – finding good employees. At Correct Craft, we have manufacturing plants across the U.S. and we offer competitive pay and benefits; however, it is still a challenge to find the employees we need ...

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