Tag Archives: Smoker Craft

Smoker Craft building growth on export business

The international flavor at Smoker Craft’s 2018 dealer meeting was undeniable as the New Paris, Indiana-based boat manufacturer builds on its strong domestic market share with a renewed emphasis on export sales. The company, which manufactures aluminum fishing boats, fiberglass runabouts, surf boats and pontoon boats under its Smoker Craft, Starcraft, Starweld, Sylvan and SunChaser brands, welcomed representatives from more ...

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The Workforce Crisis

Labor shortages, especially in service and manufacturing, are hampering industry growth Listen to political speeches or check out the news and you’d get the idea that there isn’t a job – especially a good paying blue-collar job – to be found in this country. Statements like “What will it take to bring back domestic manufacturing jobs?” or “Why Trump will struggle ...

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Smoker Craft mourns regional sales director Dan Robinson

Smoker Craft has shared the news of the passing of regional sales director Dan Robinson last weekend after a battle with cancer. The company provided the following obituary for Robinson: Dan was a valuable member of the Smoker Craft team. He will be remembered for his contagious energy, enthusiasm for boating and many product design ideas.  He was a friend to ...

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Full speed ahead

Continued strong sales growth fueled by innovative designs and unmatched versatility suggest a sunny future for the pontoon segment While the recreational boating industry in North America has seen more than its share of highs and lows over the years, one constant has been the continued growth of the pontoon boat category. From humble beginnings where they were derided as ...

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Smoker Craft mourns John Babbitt, international sales manager

John Babbitt, Smoker Craft's international sales manager, passed away last week. The company submitted the following obituary to Boating Industry. Smoker Craft Inc. is saddened to announce the passing of its much-beloved international sales manager, John Babbitt. John, 69, passed away at his home in Indianapolis late last week. A graduate of the University of Maine and the Thunderbird International ...

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Industry mourns Peter Spiegel

The Smoker Craft family announced the loss of a dear friend and colleague on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, with the sudden passing of Peter Spiegel. A Smoker Craft employee for 21 years, Spiegel was well known and highly respected across the recreational boating industry. In his capacity as regional director of sales, Spiegel played a significant role in developing Smoker ...

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Deck boats continue to appeal to boaters

Seating more passengers than a bowrider and easier to tow than a pontoon, deck boats continue to appeal to boaters Designed to blend the generous seating capacity and family-friendly layout of a pontoon boat with the familiar look and easy trailering of a traditional runabout, deck boats would appear to offer boaters an ideal compromise between practicality and performance. They ...

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Market Trends: Freshwater fishing boats growing larger, more sophisticated

For years, recreational fishing has ranked as the single most popular activity that people enjoy from a boat. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, that remains true today. In its Special Report on Fishing published last year, the RBFF notes that no fewer than 46 million Americans participated in recreational fishing during ...

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Market Trends: Pontoon segment stays strong

Pontoon boats drove the boating industry’s rebound in the wake of the downturn. But are they still leading the way? Since the 2008 economic downturn, pontoon boats have led the recovery of the recreational boating industry. At one point accounting for almost one in three new boats sold, the pontoon market has demonstrated unprecedented growth, with new players jumping into the ...

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