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ABC 2022 officially kicks off

American Boating Congress

The recreational boating industry’s annual advocacy event, the 2022 American Boating Congress (ABC), has kicked off in Washington, D.C. with full programming beginning today, Thursday, May 12 at 8 a.m. The NMMA is welcoming over 200 industry stakeholders to this year’s American Boating Congress, many of which will head to Capitol Hill on Thursday to meet with members of Congress ...

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Volvo Penta is recognized as a Great Place to Work

Volvo Penta of the Americas has won recognition as a Great Place to Work by a national institute that promotes and measures workplace excellence. The Great Place to Work Institute certification recognizes companies that achieve high scores in employee satisfaction based on surveys of workers. The survey revealed that 84% of Volvo Penta’s employees said the company is a great place to work, ...

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Groupe Benetau releases first quarter business report

Groupe Benetau has released their first quarter business report: Boat and leisure home markets performing wellGlobal order book at end-March up 47% from March 2021Forecasts maintained for growth in revenues (+11% to 14%) and income from ordinary operations (€110m to €120m) for 2022 Groupe Beneteau reported strong demand across both of its markets, with 2022 first-quarter revenues of €317m, up ...

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Godfrey Marine expands manufacturing facility

Godfrey Marine, a division of Polaris Industries and manufacturer of pontoon boats and Hurricane deck boats, has announced it has expanded its manufacturing facility in Elkhart, Ind. Members of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce joined in the celebration on May 10th with ceremonial shovels to break ground. The new facilities include a 27,000-square-foot warehouse and an automation wing. The warehouse ...

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Brunswick announces new locations for BoatClass

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Brunswick Corporation has announced new locations for BoatClass, a on-water training program designed to teach boating safety and assist boaters in gaining confidence on the water. “We are welcoming new boaters into our industry every day, so it is imperative that we expand to new locations to help ensure they have access to the best safety and boating education experience,” ...

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ABYC’s USCG Risk Mitigation Series releases speaker lineup and agenda

The agenda for next week’s United States Coast Guard (USCG) Risk Mitigation Series, hosted by the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) and dedicated to reducing the risk involved in designing and building recreational boats is now available. Risk Mitigation: Series 2--Put the Fire Out! will focus on fire suppression systems, standards, and requirements with roundtable discussions that include the ...

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Navico joins Responsible Business Alliance

Navico, a division of Brunswick Corporation’s Advanced Systems Group (ASG), announced it has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) as a Supporter Member this month, becoming the first company focused on marine electronics to join the industry coalition dedicated to corporate social responsibility in global supply chains. “We are a strong believer in the vision and mission of the RBA, ...

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Highfield Boats appoints Christophe Lavigne president

Highfield Boats, an aluminum-hull rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufacturer, has announced the appointment of Christophe Lavigne as president of Highfield USA. “Highfield’s plan is to accelerate its international development. We are very pleased to welcome Christophe in our executive team. His international experience, engineering, operations and management skills combined with a strong culture fit will greatly contribute to fulfill Highfield’s ambitious vision ...

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Fastmount founder Gregg Kelly steps down

Gregg Kelly, Founder of NZ-based Fastmount Panel Mounting Systems, has stepped down as Director and Head of Technical, 18 years after starting the company. Fastmount was recently acquired by Auckland-based Nautical Group Holdings (NGH) and Gregg will be succeeded by newly appointed General Manager Keith Pratt. Kelly founded Fastmount in 2004 to realize a solution for hidden panel mounting on ...

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Boating Industry gears up for power-packed 2022 ELEVATE SUMMIT

Boating Industry Elevate Summit

EPG Brand Acceleration in conjunction with Boating Industry Magazine is well underway in planning for its 2022 ELEVATE SUMMIT slated November 14-16 at the beautiful Caribe Royale resort in Orlando, FL. “The team at Boating Industry has been working very hard over the past few years to make the ELEVATE SUMMIT a significant leadership event unlike anything our industry has ...

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