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MOAA and IMI create plans to merge

MIAMI, Fla. – The Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA) and the International Marina Institute (IMI) released plans to merge yesterday at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference after years of discussing the concept. The two groups said they had become bogged down in the details when the idea was broached in the past. This time, however, they have focused ...

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IBEX attendance up as expected

MIAMI, Fla. – Day two of the first co-produced International Boatbuilders’ Exposition and Conference (IBEX) saw an increase in the number of attendees, according to show producers. As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, approximately 3,600 people had entered the Miami Convention Center show floor. That’s an increase of around 2,100 people from the first day of the show. "Everyone seems very excited," ...

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NMMA presents CSI Awards at IBEX

MIAMI, Fla. – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) honored 29 boat and engine manufacturers today with a Marine Industry CSI Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction, at a special ceremony during the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the association reported in a statement today. The CSI Award program recognizes participating companies that ...

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Dammrich, Cramer win Mel Barr Award

MIAMI, Fla. – As the excitement level at the first co-produced International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) remains high, many people believed it appropriate that show co-producers Thom Dammrich and Carl Cramer were recognized with the Mel Barr award, which recognizes an individual who has contributed to the improvement of the marine industry through personal involvement. This marked the first ...

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IBEX attendance to rise?

MIAMI, Fla. – While first-day attendance met the expectations of show organizers here at the first co-produced International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), attendance is expected to rise over the coming days. "We are expecting today and tomorrow to be heavier days," explained Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which is co-producing this IBEX with Professional ...

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Crystal-Pierz Marine takes home Growth 50 award

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Crystal-Pierz Marine has been recognized as a recipient of the 2003 Business Journal Growth 50 award, signifying the boat dealer as one of the 50 fastest growing private companies in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, the company reported yesterday. The Growth 50, is an annual publication of The Business Journal. Landing at 43, gaining one position over ...

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German company introduces marine coatings to U.S. market

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Mankiewicz Gebr. & Co., Germany’s 100-year-old coatings manufacturer, is entering the U.S. marine market for the first time with its introduction of an exterior coatings system, the company reported in a statement yesterday. Spearheading this new product introduction to the U.S. will be Christian von der Heyde, who previously served as president of U.S. Paint, the ...

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Island Packet Yachts hands out dealer awards

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Island Packet Yachts recently held an awards banquet during the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., which included presentations of a Dealer of the Year award, The Golden Wrench Service award and recognition for Million Dollar Plus Dealers, the company reported in a statement yesterday. Island Yachting Centre of Palmetto, Fla., was recognized with the 2003 Dealer ...

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SouthCoast Marine Products selects marketing agency

TAMPA, Fla. -- SouthCoast Marine Products of Clearwater, Fla., has selected Wendt Productions, a Tampa-based marketing and communications agency, to develop a branding and identity campaign for its marine division and related companies, SouthCoast reported today. SouthCoast Marine Products, a family-owned firm led by its three vice presidents, Kevin, Rick and Steve Cureton, manufactures parts for the marine industry and ...

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NMRA signs new affiliate member

GURNEE, Ill. -- SeaArk Boats has joined the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) as an affiliate member, the association reported in a statement yesterday. SeaArk Boats produces a variety of aluminum boats for the fishing public. Its models include Jons, Super Jons, Pro Models, Jet Tunnels, Outboard Tunnels, ForeCast Models, Crappie Models, Bay Boats, DuckHawk Series and Rescue Boats. Each ...

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