Biden administration 30 x 30 plan balances conservation and access

May 12th, 2021

The Biden Administration outlined its vision to conserve 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030, commonly known as the “30 by 30 Initiative.” As reported on the National Marine Manufacturers Association website, the administration’s “Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful” report is a ten-year conservation plan that focuses on expanding collaborative conservation efforts, […]

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Morbern named one of Canada’s best managed companies for second year

May 10th, 2021

Cornwall, Ontario-based Morbern, manufacturer of upholstery vinyls for marine, health care, commercial interiors, RV and automotive applications, has been named as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the second year in a row. Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies organization remains one of the world’s leading business awards programs recognizing companies for innovative, […]

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New boat sales remain elevated in 2021

May 7th, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports that retail unit sales of new powerboats in February 2021 were up 34% compared to the same time period last year, according to its New Powerboat Registrations Report. Data shows total new boat sales are averaging 31,000 units sold monthly since the summer of 2020, on a seasonally-adjusted […]

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Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force finalizes recommendations

May 6th, 2021

After a year of deliberations and public input, the 21-member Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force has finalized recommendations to enhance outdoor recreation in Minnesota. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Sarah Strommen and Explore Minnesota Executive Director John Edman charged the Task Force to consider (1) how to bring measured growth, increased and equitable […]

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2022 MFA Conference call for speakers, shop tour locations

May 5th, 2021

Organizers of the 2022 Marine Fabricators Conference, which will be held Jan. 13-15, 2022, at Wild Dunes Charleston’s Island Resort, Isle of Palms, S.C., are looking for speakers and shop tour locations. Speaker proposals must be free of commercial content, and conference organizers are especially interested in educational sessions that provide hands-on demonstrations covering topics […]

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Award recipients recognized during advocacy summit

April 29th, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) hosted its annual advocacy summit, the American Boating Congress (ABC) April 21-22. The two-day virtual event brought together nearly 400 participants and recreational boating advocates, who heard from keynote speakers Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and White House Senior Policy Advisor Cedric Richmond. NMMA presented three awards during the event: […]

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Canadian luxury tax proposed

April 28th, 2021

Canadian news outlets are reporting that a proposed federal budget set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2022, includes a tax on luxury items, such as boats that retail for more than CAD250,000 ($200,000), according to the Trade Only Today online news site. If approved, the budget document cited by CTV News projects a CAD604 […]

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Supply chain webinar registration open

April 27th, 2021

The first webinar in the 2021 IBEX 365 series will take place Thursday, April 29, at 1 p.m. ET featuring a live discussion exploring supply chain management in a global, post-pandemic context. The webinar will be moderated by Scott Berry, National Marine Manufacturers Association director of engineering standards, and will feature speaker Andrea Sordi, Ph.D., […]

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Exhibit opportunities in the 2021 ICAST Marine Accessories Pavilion, July 20-23

April 22nd, 2021

ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, will return as an in-person event July 20-23, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. Exhibition opportunities are available in the Marine Accessories Pavilion (MAP) to get in front of buyers, dealers and distributors seeking the newest and most innovative marine aftermarket accessories and components. The Marine Accessories Pavilion is located […]

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Patrick Industries acquires SeaDek

April 21st, 2021

Patrick Industries Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Hyperform Inc., a manufacturer of non-slip foam flooring, operating under the SeaDek brand name, for the marine OEM market and aftermarket. Hyperform also serves the pool and spa, powersports and utility markets under the SwimDek and EndeavorDek brands. SeaDek operates out of two manufacturing […]

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