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Manufacturing Day 2016 registration is open

Manufacturing Day is set for October 7, 2016. The nationwide event recognizes modern manufacturing, including the economic significance of marine manufacturing in the U.S. The event seeks to promote individual manufacturers and the manufacturing industry as a whole on both local and national levels. All events should be registered on www.mfgday.com, regardless of the day they …

NMMA launches online career center

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has announced the launch of a new online tool to match employers and potential employees. The NMMA Career Center will focus on the recreational marine industry with highly-targeted resources for employment connections. “We are excited to launch the NMMA Career Center and to be an active participant in the Marine Industry …

Free webinar series promotes outdoor recreational opportunities

The National ParkRx Initiative is sponsoring a series of free webinars that explore elements of successful park recreational programs. The initiative is part of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC), a nonprofit organization that conducts national conferences and disseminates information regarding recreational initiatives. Each webinar will draw on case studies and best practices from expert medical …

2015 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract available

The National Marine Manufacturer (NMMA) complete 2015 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, which contains data and insights on the boating industry, is now available. Report highlights include: Total recreational marine expenditures reached an eight-year high of $35.9 billion in 2015, up 2.2 percent from 2014. 2015 recreational boats in use totaled 15.7 million with 94.9 …

Traditional powerboat shipments up 3.4 percent in June

Wholesale shipments of traditional powerboats for a control group of manufacturers, representing 69 percent of the market, were up 3.4 percent through June, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (MNNA). Corresponding dollars were up 9.1 percent. To learn more about NMMA’s Industry Statistics and Research department, contact Vicky Yu at vyu@nmma.org.

U.S. Navy licenses boat design from Willard Marine

The United States Navy and Willard Marine have executed a licensing agreement for a Willard Marine boat design to serve as the guideline for the Navy’s new 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB) government design, according to a recent Willard announcement. For 27 years, Willard Marine, headquartered in Anaheim, Calif., has designed and built U.S. …

Custom tower bimini earns IAA award

Sewlong–Custom Covers was recognized with the Outstanding Achievement Award for creating a custom tower bimini for Centurion Boats with Maximus Towers as an alternative to the factory option. The custom bimini is easy to use and provides more sun shade and extra storage for surfboards. The project involved designing custom hardware. One-inch stainless tubing was …

U.S. outboard engine shipments up 6.7 percent through July

U.S. outboard engine wholesale shipments were up 6.7 percent year over year through July for the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) control group of manufacturers. This group represents 95 percent of the market. Gains were led by four-stroke and higher-powered engines. Total retail sales based on warranty card registrations for the same period were up …

Marine product training portal launched

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has launched the Marine Product Training Portal, a web-based video hosting site to assist marine accessory and component manufacturers in working with retailers and dealers. The training portal provides a centralized location where dealers and retailers can search for training videos from a variety of manufacturers by brand, category …

Anti-fouling paint testing method released for public comment

An important testing method that could benefit boaters and marinas faced with strict regulation of copper-based anti-fouling paint has been released for public comment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports that the saltwater biotic ligand model (BLM) is of particular interest in California, where regulators have set …