Tag Archives: Coronavirus

IBEX 2020 announces transition to virtual event

IBEX 2020

The 30th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), scheduled for September 29 – October 1, 2020, announced today it will transition to a virtual only event allowing the entire marine industry to come together in a new way as an online community. This decision was made to pivot the in-person show to a virtual only event due to the ongoing COVID-19 ...

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Newport International Boat Show cancels 2020 event

Newport Exhibition Group announced that its annual boat show scheduled to take place September 17-20, 2020 at the Newport Yachting Center in downtown Newport, R.I., has been cancelled. Due to spikes in new cases of COVID-19 across the United States, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, stated that, although Phase III of re-opening would have included no cap on the number ...

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Some good news from the front lines

boat dealers

By David Gee A colleague who works as the editor at a sister publication recently went boat shopping to replace an aging pontoon at the family lake cabin. Since we are all hungry for news about “what it’s like out there” I thought I would share some of the anecdotes from his experience at the first dealer he went to. ...

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Outdoor industry urges Congressional action, support

Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) recently released a letter signed by 29 national outdoor recreation trade associations, supporting over 100,000 businesses, urging Congress to pass the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). This legislation would fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and address the nation’s public lands maintenance backlog in order to support rural communities and rescue the outdoor ...

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Volvo Penta supplies PPE to healthcare workers

Volvo Penta is taking action in response to the prevalent need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). At two of its North American facilities, the company is producing and distributing this vital protective gear to healthcare workers in the local communities and beyond. The efforts are part of an ongoing initiative from Volvo Group North America which plans to supply thousands ...

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Coronavirus crisis: Dealerships

By Adam Quandt A different world nearly every day, sometimes every hour. The evolving novel coronavirus — more specifically known as COVID-19 — global pandemic has the professional, social and almost every other aspect of everyone’s lives changing rapidly. Business leaders have been particularly challenged to implement and try new models at a rapid pace, while others have been faced ...

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Coronavirus crisis: Manufacturing

By David Gee It ended well – and began well; 2019 and 2020 that is.  At the end of 2019, NMMA’s Marine CEO Sentiment Survey found business confidence among marine manufacturer CEOs increased in the fourth quarter with 88% of marine CEOs saying current conditions were stable or expanding. And slightly over half of all marine senior executives at recreational ...

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At the Helm: A caring — and concerned — community

By David Gee I like the word community. I use it a lot. In fact, I likely overuse it, and I’m not the only one. It seems these days especially, more and more advertising, marketing and social media messaging contains, and in some cases co-opts, the word community. So, I am attempting to reframe in my own mind what it ...

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What month is it?

By Jonathan Sweet What a difference a month makes. The last time I wrote a column for the magazine, the topic was the labor shortage. That is hardly at the top of most businesses’ concerns today. (The long-term trend hasn’t changed, of course, so even now we should be thinking about it.) I have been hearing a surprising number of ...

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Marine CEOs give insight to COVID-19 impact

NMMA’s Q1 2020 Marine CEO Sentiment Report, a quarterly survey to assess the state and needs of U.S. marine manufacturing, is now available. As a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new section of the survey was added to capture specific feedback relating to business impacts – from supply chain disruptions to plant closures and labor separations. This feedback will ...

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