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Economic Snapshot: Private sector employment adds 154,000 jobs

Private sector employment increased by 154,000 jobs from August to September, according to the ADP Employment Report. This is down from 175,000 jobs added in the previous month. This is the fewest number of job additions since April 2016 and the second-fewest in the previous 12-month period. Large businesses contributed most heavily to the job additions this month, adding 64,000 ...

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Kawasaki introduces stand-up Jet Ski SX-R for 2017

Kawasaki is introducing a four-stroke stand-up personal watercraft, the Jet Ski SX-R for 2017. Equipped with Kawasaki’s 1498cc four-stroke marine engine, the Jet Ski SX-R personal watercraft produces twice the power of Kawasaki’s previous stand-up model while also delivering plenty of low-to-mid-range torque. The V-shaped hull is designed to allow for sharp cornering and the Kawasaki Splash Deflector (KSD) helps ...

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New product highlights from IBEX 2016

From audio to engines to accessories, dozens of new products made their debut at the 2016 IBEX show in Tampa. Several of the best products were honored with IBEX Innovation Awards. Here are some of the other top products on the show floor this year. Suzuki DF150AP and DF175AP Suzuki Marine introduced the DF150AP and DF175AP, two new models in ...

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2016 Boating Industry Movers & Shakers

The 6th annual Movers & Shakers Awards recognizes the top leaders in the boating industry, innovators that are willing to challenge the status quo. They are the people who make the moves that shake up and better their companies and the entire industry. From consolidating leading brands to introducing new technology to boating to educating the industry, these 10 individuals ...

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Women Making Waves

Women Making Waves is Boating Industry’s effort to recognize the numerous women in the boating industry who have made large contributions to its success, propelled its growth and led their organizations into the future. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year award, which is as appropriate a time as any to give these ...

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Attitudes on new markets little changed

Most in industry still not concerned about diversity, survey says Those working in the boating industry are still much more concerned about bringing younger buyers into the market than they are about attracting non-white buyers, according to the latest Boating Industry reader survey. We surveyed readers of Boating Industry’s print and digital products, including dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and others working ...

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At the Helm: Tackling the labor shortage

I’ve taken several trips visiting manufacturers and dealers this summer and keep hearing one recurring complaint: We can’t find enough help. There may not be a bigger challenge facing the industry today than the labor shortage. While the problem first reared its head years ago, the recession pushed it to the sideline for many years. Now, as sales have recovered ...

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2016 Boating Industry Bold Moves

We profiled our four 2016 Movers & Shakers, but there are several other industry leaders working to improve boating. The six leaders on the following pages are also making bold moves to advance boating by improving technology, rebuilding iconic brands and raising the professionalism of the entire industry. Fuel solutions  Bill Brackney Manager, Product Engineering and Development, Moeller Marine Products ...

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Increasing OSHA fines signal need for compliance in marine industry

In November 2015, Congress enacted legislation requiring federal agencies to adjust their civil penalties to account for inflation. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased its penalties based on the Consumer Price Index, which became effective as of August 1. OSHA’s maximum penalties, which were last adjusted in 1990, have increased by 78 percent. The previous ...

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7 ‘must-dos’ this fall for a spectacular 2017

Wow, another busy summer selling season in the books. I trust it was a good one for you and yet know that 2017 can be even better … if you’re willing to do the work. One major issue dealers share with me is they just don’t get the important work done in the offseason because it is just too darn ...

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