Global Industry meets in Cartagena de Indias to discuss recreational boating in Colombia

April 28, 2016

Speakers, exhibitors and sponsors from around the world are meeting in Cartagena de Indias for the International Nautical Congress of Colombia. The summit, being held April 27-29, is organized by AsoNautica de Colombia (ANC), Centro de Convenienciones de Cartagena de Indias, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association …

Marlen Textiles extends warranty period for five products

Marlen Textiles, New Haven, Mo., manufacturers of outdoor textiles, has extended the warranty on five of its most popular products: Top Notch®, Top Notch 9®, Top Notch 1S®, Top Notch FR® and Top Gun FR®. The warranty period will be extended from five to eight years for Top Notch, Top Notch 9, Top Notch FR …

Longtime Fasnap president George Lang to retire

April 25, 2016

Fasnap Corp., a wholesale distributor of fastener textile systems based in Elkhart, Ind., announced that president George Lang will retire effective April 29, after 17 years with the company. Lang began his 43-year career in fastener distribution in 1973 with TRW Fasteners, where he worked for 18 years. He spent eight years with Scovill Fasteners …

OPEI survey shows education lacking on higher ethanol fuel blends

April 12, 2016

A national poll conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) shows that that consumer knowledge of how to use high ethanol fuel blends remains relatively unchanged from the last few years. According to 2016 poll results, 64 percent of American adults who own outdoor power equipment say they are …

2016 IBEX halls sell out, wait list available

April 11, 2016

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced that its show floor is sold out, but companies interested in exhibiting may fill out an online application to be added to a wait list. Exhibit space will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. IBEX, which will be held at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, …

NAM to host webinar on imports and customs compliance April 12

April 7, 2016

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) will host a webinar Tuesday, April 12, at 2 p.m. EDT on new import and customs compliance rules. Enhanced customs enforcement is likely due to recent changes within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the February 2016 enactment of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. The webinar …

Fish and Wildlife Service awards grants to 32 states

April 6, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering nearly $14 million in grants to 32 states, commonwealths and territories to support recreational boating through the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program. The BIG funds are used to construct, renovate and maintain marinas and other facilities with features for transient recreational boats that are 26 feet or …

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Minimal competition: The good and bad news

April 1, 2016

Little competition among fabricators is nice now, but what will it mean in the next decade? Most marine fabricators have little concern about referring overflow work to other businesses. And they don’t worry much about potentially losing customers when they are backed up or projects do not match their skills, staffing or equipment capabilities. After …