Reserve a spot to attend this webinar, featuring Carl Blackwell, Discover Boating's president.
Senators introduced a bill that would eliminate the federal government rule that requires corn-based fuel to be included in gasoline blend.
Rallee Chupich, co-owner of Gordy's Lakefront Marine of Fontana, Wis., is the 2013 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year.
Davis Instruments has acquired the Simply Brilliant Shockles and SolLight product lines.
Legendary Marine has been named the No. 1 boat dealer in North America.
Marlen Textiles Inc. has determined that its entire product line is now in compliance with the Berry Amendment
The Landing School of Arundel, Maine, and the Laramie, Wyo.-based WTI Foundation were selected as recipients of 2013 MRAA Technical Scholarships.
The National Association of Manufacturers has won its case against the National Labor Relations Board.
CenterPointe Yacht Services LLC has acquired Great Lakes Yacht Services.
Leib Oehmig, president of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, LLC was named chief operating officer of Glen Raven Inc.
SeaDek Marine Products will relocate its operations.
Taylor Made Systems has been named the American Boatbuilders Association's Preferred Supplier of Choice.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association ended 2013 with the optimistic report that recreational boating in the United States will continue its post-recession climb.
Rex Pegg Fabrics is a new West Coast distributor.
Winners of the 4th annual Best Marina Contest announced.
Fabric suppliers see the marine market in a severe downturn because of the weakening U.S. and world economy, as well as cautious customer purchasing for the remainder of 2009. Until the economy does rebound, the OEM market segment will be sluggish. Price-conscious marine fabricators will continue to seek less expensive imported fabrics. This continued influx of imports (not just from Asia) will erode market shares for the market leaders. If the weather is warmer and sunnier in 2009, the marine fabric market may still face decreases, but not as much as in 2008.
Marine fabricators see the market slowly coming back if the economy begins to improve in 2009. The current slump in boat sales will change how they market their products and services. There will be more use of the Internet, discounting of prices, increasing advertising budgets, and increasing product features as they relate to sustainability trends. Technology will continue to improve, particularly in stitching and hot and dielectric welding. Fabricators see raw material prices remaining high compared to the past (before 2007). Like fabric manufacturers, they see more fabric being sourced outside of the U.S. They also feel that their industry will continue to have a hard time finding skilled craftspeople for custom work.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.