In Brief: PWIA, Caterpillar Inc.

The Personal Watercraft Industry Association (PWIA) awarded the director of the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), Ray Tsuneyoshi, its 2009 Boating Safety Leadership Award during the 50th Annual National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) conference in Corpus Christi, Texas. Tsuneyoshi is the third recipient of this annual award, which recognizes a single individual in the boating law community who has displayed significant effort in promoting boater safety. Tsuneyoshi has worked to raise the profile of safe boating habits among boaters by working to enact mandatory boater education, emphasizing the importance of staying sober on the water and the necessity of wearing a life jacket, the association stated. In his eight years at the DBW, he has accomplished a remarkable amount, from defending access for recreational boats on California’s lakes and rivers to his work to help the department survive a budgetary crisis in the first half of 2009, PWIA added.

Caterpillar Inc. is implementing price action of 0 to 2 percent on most machines worldwide, the company reported in a recent SEC Form 8-K. This price change will be effective January 2010 and includes adjustments to list prices and merchandising support, according to the company. “This price change is a result of current industry factors and current and expected general economic conditions,” the company reported. “Details by product will be released to dealers in the near future, and will vary across geographic regions and products.”

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