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Brunswick temporarily suspending production due to coronavirus

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Brunswick Corporation announced it will suspend production at certain of its propulsion and boat operations over the next few weeks in response to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). A press release said this is being done in the best interest of the safety and health of employees as well as to better balance production levels with some projected near-term ...

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NMMA cancels ABC 2020, moving forward with virtual summit

In light of the recent developments surrounding the spread of COVID-19 and in the best interest of the health and safety of its members and attendees, NMMA has canceled the American Boating Congress, scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C. from May 12-14, 2020. All registration fees and hotel room deposits reserved through the event blocks will be refunded within ...

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Palm Beach Boat Show sets rescheduled dates

The 35th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show (PBIBS), will resume May 14-17, 2020 in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach, after postponing amid concerns due to the novel coronavirus. According to show organizers, the 35th annual boat show will take place as originally planned, with the newly scheduled dates. The Palm Beach International Boat Show has a total statewide economic impact ...

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NMMA president: We are ready to help

Yesterday, NMMA President, Frank Hugelmeyer issued a memo to all members of the association regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the communication, NMMA remains committed to helping the entire industry navigate the rapidly developing situation and is proactively engaging the Trump administration and Congress to provide relief to American businesses. Full memo: As a member-owned, member-led association, we want you ...

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Pasadena Boat Works helps fight against COVID-19

A Maryland-based, Boating Industry Top 100 boat dealership recently stepped up big in the fight against COVID-19. Pasadena Boat Works' co-owner Rick Levin donated roughly 14,000 specialized N95 respirator masks to the Maryland State Health Department. Levin said he has stored the masks for about four years, donating them to children who are going through chemotherapy for cancer. The masks ...

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Garmin named IBBI Supplier of the Year

Garmin International, Inc. announced that it was awarded the Supplier of the Year distinction for the second year in a row from the Independent Boat Builders, Inc. (IBBI). As the industry’s largest purchasing cooperative, the IBBI’s 18-member network of boat brands collectively builds nearly 25% of all boats sold in the U.S. The IBBI Supplier of the Year award recognizes ...

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ABYC seeking nominations for Marine Educator of the Year

The ABYC Foundation is seeking nominations for the first Educator of the Year Award, honoring an outstanding instructor who is shaping future marine service technicians. Candidates should be actively teaching marine service technology for recreational boats in a corporate setting, or in a secondary/post-secondary school. “There are more than 16,000 marine technician positions currently open in the U.S. and quality marine technology ...

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Cobalt hosts Kansas State Treasurer

In early March, Cobalt Boats was visited by Jake LaTurner, the Treasurer of the state of Kansas, who was reviewing the contributions of regional businesses to the economic performance of the state of Kansas and nation as a whole. During his factory tour, LaTurner said he was impressed by the dedication of Cobalt’s employees and their passion for the work ...

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Southern Marinas acquires Aqua Marine properties

Southern Marinas Holdings, LLC, a partnership between a New York-based private investment firm and Southern Marinas, announced the purchase of Hi-Lift Marina in Aventura; Hidden Harbour in Pompano Beach; and Palm Harbour in Cape Haze. These Florida locations were acquired from Aqua Marine Partners, LLC in a deal that brings the growing Southern Marinas portfolio to ten properties. Southern Marinas ...

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Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, BoatUS seek dredging funds

Prior to last week’s closure of the U.S. Capitol, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) and Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) joined a broad coalition of groups including coastal shipping operators, dredging contractors, local governments and recreational boating groups to advocate on behalf of the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway. The coalition went to Capitol Hill pushing to establish an individual ...

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