Alan J. Freedman Award nominations

July 27, 2011

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is accepting entries for the 2011 Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award, one of the industry’s most prestigious honors given to an individual in the marine accessory sector. The award will be presented on Monday, Oct. 17 at the 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) in Louisville, Ky., …

Outdura earns Oeko-Tex certification

July 20, 2011

C.P. Davis, CEO of Outdura Corp., announced that Outdura has been granted authorization to use the Oeko-Tex mark, according to Oeko-Tex Standard 100. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 has become the best-known and most successful label for textiles tested for harmful substances. “The Oeko-Tex label is a recognized benchmark for the consumer and also serves as …

IBEX 2011 announces Innovation Awards call for entries

July 13, 2011

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced that entries are being accepted for the 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards, one of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors. The Awards presentation takes place during the show’s annual Industry Breakfast on Monday, Oct. 17 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. IBEX Innovation Awards are judged by …

Life jacket reform

July 6, 2011

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has removed exclusivity for Underwriters Laboratories (UL) as the only USCG-approved lab to test inflatable life jackets, opening up the possibility for new life jacket innovations and cost-effective options for consumers. “The rulemaking signals that the USCG is seriously considering approving an inflatable life jacket standard that will remove …

Marine vinyl

July 1, 2011

J. Ennis introduced four marine vinyls. Hopscotch’s mix of matte and patent finishes creates a checkerboard design, bringing a unique texture to upholstery. It is available in 13 colors. British Sterling provides the look and feel of fabric with the durability and cleanability of vinyl. Gran Reserva’s subtle grain recreates the look of leather. It …

Misting system

Mist-er-Comfort misting system installs easily to biminis, T-tops and hardtops, lowering cockpit temperatures by as much as 25 degrees on the hottest days. The standard system kit installs to an 8- to 10-foot boat beam using an existing boat water system or optional self-contained 6-gallon tank with pump. System includes three mister heads, mounting straps, …

ACW expands

American Cord and Webbing (ACW) expanded its facility. With design and manufacturing services now under one roof, the company can better accommodate growing customer demands. The company added two members, Stephan Yardan and Wendy Horowitz, to its R&D team. The additions allow the company to better serve customers with in-house, rapid product development and production for …

Senate appeals 1099 reporting requirement

The Senate passed the “Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act,” repealing the onerous 1099 tax reporting requirement established in the health care overhaul passed last year. The 1099 provision would have required businesses to send a 1099 tax form and collect W9 information from every vendor it purchases more than $600 worth of goods or …

Boat sales tied to gas prices

While the recreational boating industry is on the mend, expectations of a 10-percent increase in sales this year have been tempered by rising gas prices and economic unease following the Japan earthquake, according to a report from CNBC. The news outlet predicted it could take at least two years before powerboat sales return to 2007 …

New MarChem CFI sales rep

MarChem CFI appointed Cameron Weldon its upper Midwest regional sales representative. Weldon has 18 years of experience in the textile industry, primarily with Astrup and Tri Vantage. Based in Oakwood Hills, Ill., Weldon’s territory encompasses Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and far western Pennsylvania.