New WeatherMax supplier

January 1, 2008

WeatherMax, high-performance fabrics produced by Safety Components, will now be carried by the Miami Corporation. With headquarters in Ohio, and branches in N.C. and Fla., Miami is a leading supplier for marine materials and outdoor fabrics to the aftermarket. The family-owned, privately held company carries more than 25,000 products and promises overnight shipping.

Carlyle buys Zodiac

Carlyle Group of Luxembourg was granted clearance from the European Commission to buy the marine division of French aircraft cabin and boat equipment maker Zodiac. The Commission said the overlaps between Zodiac Marine and Carlyle’s Jandy Pool Products were limited.

NorthStar Yachts moves production to China

NorthStar Yachts, a small yacht company in Kalama Ore., moved its production to China to lower labor costs. About seven employees of NorthStar will remain at the headquarters and parts warehouse. The company laid off 60 employees. NorthStar makes luxury boats 80 to 125 feet long, which sell for $6 million to $13 million. One …

Contender UK increases efficiency after move

Sailcloth distributors Contender UK announced an increase in efficiency and market growth after the company moved to Segensworth South, Fareham. Contender UK moved to provide better customer service by increasing efficiency and productivity. The new 7,900-square-foot building ensures better customer service because of larger office facilities and more efficient storage facilities.

Grow Boating Television debuts

The National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA) is introducing Grow Boating Television (GBTV), an online communications tool to reach boating industry stakeholders. GBTV delivers information regarding areas of the NMMA’s Grow Boating Initiative and will make it even easier for stakeholders to learn about developments within the programs. New episodes debut every week or two and …

IBEX breaks attendance records

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) drew more boat builders and marine professionals from around the world than it ever has before, even in spite of a flat economy. Over 4,570 attendees from 67 countries were present at IBEX, slightly up from 2006 attendance of 4,509. Including the 900 exhibitors––manufacturers and suppliers from six …

Marine Accessories Corp. fills leadership positions

Marine Accessories Corporation (MAC), leading manufacturer of marine canvas and wakeboard towers and accessories, recently filled two leadership positions in its canvas solutions and tower solutions divisions. Jim Wilson, former president and general manager of Great Lakes Boat Top, will take on responsibility as president of MAC Canvas Solutions. Tony Williams, former vice president and …

Taylor Made celebrates 100 years

The Taylor Made Group, supplier of OEM glazing systems and marine aftermarket accessories, celebrates 100 years of business this year. Taylor Made began as a canvas business in 1908. Today it has grown to be one of the recreational marine industry’s largest, most diversified suppliers to boatbuilders and the aftermarket.

Sattler fills regional sales manager position

Sattler North America Corp. appointed Richard Morelle as regional sales manager for their Suntex Division of solution-dyed acrylic fabrics. Morelle is responsible for the marine and awning market sectors throughout the Northeastern United States. Morelle has more than 20 years of industrial textile sales experience and serves on the board of the North East Canvas …

O’Sullivan announces new manufacturing site

O’Sullivan Films, producer of flexible vinyl and olefin films and sheeting, started a new pressed polished sheet manufacturing site in Winchester, Va. The facility will more than double O’Sullivan’s current sheet capacity. While new business is being targeted in North America, O’Sullivan also emphasizes Europe, Asia and Australia. New products are also being developed for …