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Spader reports dealer sales are up

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Dealership sales are up, but small dealers' bottom line is about the same as last year, while large dealers have seen an improvement, according to Spader Cos.' monthly report released yesterday. The market research firm report tracks approximately 60 dealers in North America, dividing them into categories: those doing under $5 million in business at retail ...

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Defender’s February same store sales up 38.7 percent

WATERFORD, Conn. - Defender Industries Inc. saw a 38.7-percent increase in February same store sales over the same period a year ago, pushing same store sales for the first two months of 2004 up 26.1 percent, the company said in a statement yesterday. "We're excited by the strong start this year, 2003 was an excellent year for Defender with double-digit ...

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New endangered species approach to help manatees?

WASHINGTON - A proposal to give Idaho and Montana more authority to manage gray wolf populations in their states has the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) encouraged that a similar approach would be beneficial to manatee populations, NMMA said in a recent statement. "This is a very encouraging development," said Monita Fontaine, NMMA vice president of government affairs. "It is ...

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Michigan marinas and harbors join Clean Marina Program

LIVONIA, Mich. - Twenty-seven Michigan marinas and harbors have signed pledges to participate in the state's Clean Marina Program, the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) said in a press release yesterday. The program, introduced at the Recreational Boating Educational Conference last December, is a partnership between the MBIA, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan Sea Grants. The program's objectives ...

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Cobra Electronics enters marine market

CHICAGO - Cobra Electronics has developed its first line of entry-level and professional-grade marine products, now available at retailers, marking the third new market the company entered in the past year. The Cobra Marine line features two fixed submersible 25-watt transceivers, three handheld models, and marine power inverters - available in 400-, 800-, 1500- and 2200-watt models. Those products represent ...

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Everglades Boats expands dealer network

EDGEWATER, Fla. - Everglades Boats recently added eight dealers to its network throughout the South and on the East Coast, it reported in a statement today. The makers of the Everglades 243 and 223 bay boats and five shallow-water fishing boats, signed on the following dealers: Boat Repair, Inc. - Fortson, GA. Burnett's Marine - Bay Shore, NY. Captain Covington's ...

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Jeanneau makes its 1,000th Sun Odyssey 37

LES HERBIERS CEDEX, France - Jeanneau celebrated production of its 1,000th Sun Odyssey 37 and its 500th Sun Odyssey 35 recently, the company said yesterday. "It is a rare event in today's boating market to reach such high production numbers for a single model," the company said. "It reminds us of the days of the Sangria and the Fantasia which ...

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West Marine reports 13.8 percent sales increase

WATSONVILLE, Calif. – Net sales for West Marine, Inc., over the four weeks ended Feb. 28, 2004, were $35.5 million, a 14-percent increase from net sales of $31.1 million for the four-week period a year ago, the company said in a statement this morning. Comparable store net sales for February increased 13.8 percent compared to the same period a year ...

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NMMA urges caution regarding federal study

SEATTLE – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has urged caution as a presidential panel prepares to release a report expected to call for sweeping new oversight measures to reverse decades of ecological decline in the world’s oceans. “The NMMA supports aggressive, but balanced, approaches to ocean management policy,” said Monita W. Fontaine, NMMA vice president, government relations. “Bold steps ...

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Reichhold to raise price of unsaturated polyester resins

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Reichhold, a manufacturer of unsaturated polyester resins, will increase prices $.05 per pound on all unsaturated polyester resins sold in the U.S. and Canada effective for orders shipped on or after March 22, the company said in a statement today. The increase is in addition to the Feb. 9 increase announced in January, Reichhold said. ...

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