Schaefer Marine to distribute Manson Anchors in the U.S.

May 31, 2012

Schaefer Marine is a leading manufacturer and supplier of marine products to recreational and commercial accounts throughout the United States. “We are proud to form this association with Manson Anchors. Both companies are rooted in manufacturing high quality products and in servicing their customers with the highest degree of satisfaction,” said Fred Cook, President of …

Phifer outdoor fabrics receive GREENGUARD certification

May 29, 2012

Phifer Incorporated’s line of Designed Fabrics outdoor furniture fabric has attained GREENGUARD Select certification from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI). The new GREENGUARD Select program meets the latest in scientific and market requirements for VOC and formaldehyde emissions, including compliance with the 2012 updates to the California section CA 01350 emissions standard. The Select certification …

National Safe Boating Week May 19-25, 2012

May 21, 2012

The National Safe Boating Council is kicking off National Safe Boating Week, May 19–25, 2012. Boating safety partners across the U.S. and Canada are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating, including voluntary wear of life jackets. As part of National Safe Boating Week, the NSBC hosted “Ready, Set, Wear It!” on May 19. …

SureShade launches award program

May 1, 2012

SureShade launched the SureShade Dealer Award Program to help recognize boat dealers that sell or install the company’s retractable shade systems. Boat dealers will be evaluated based on sales performance, installation expertise, customer service and co-marketing efforts. SureShade is also engaging end-user boater participation to help determine the winners. Private boat owners are asked to …

Legislation addresses recreational fishing

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) proposed legislation to address two threats to the recreational fishing industry: attempts to ban lead fishing tackle and loss of access to public lands. The Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012 seeks to ensure that any future regulations on fishing tackle are established based on scientific fact. The act would …

Open Fuels Standard oppostion letter

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), with the support of an additional 22 organizations, signed a letter urging senators to voice opposition to the “Open Fuels Standard.” If passed, the amendment would mandate that 80 percent of gasoline-powered light-duty vehicles be tri-fuel vehicles capable of running on any combination of ethanol, methanol and gasoline beginning …

Miami Corp. to open Texas branch

Miami Corp., a distributor of automotive and marine trim products, plans to open a new branch in Arlington, Texas. The branch allows the company to reach the majority of the United States within one day from one of its four locations. Miami Corp. is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, with distribution centers in Albany, N.Y., and …

PFA recycling reference

The Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) published a comprehensive discussion of the U.S. flexible polyurethane foam industry related to production issues, solid waste management and recycling of post-consumer foam products that may contain flame retardants. The paper, “Flexible Polyurethane Foam Waste Management and Recycling,” was developed in response to an invitation from the United Nations Industrial …

Collisions ranked top marine accident

Collisions between powered and non-powered personal watercraft and sail or powered craft are a serious concern for both professional mariners and recreational boaters, according to a study from the United States Coast Guard. The study ranks collisions with a recreational vessel as the leading primary marine accident type. Operator inattention and improper lookout were leading …

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Inventory management

Marine fabricators have one thing in common: a desire to maximize their shop layouts and rack space to optimize profits, inventory and shop efficiencies. For many fabricators, breaking away from the “buying bulk” philosophy means streamlining production processes. For others, having plenty of stock on hand may mean higher degrees of product selection for their …