2016 boating statistics available

October 31, 2017

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) 2016 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, which contains thousands of data points and insights on the boating industry, is now available for download or order. Highlights include: Annual retail sales of new boats, engines and marine accessories in the U.S. totaled $17.9 billion in 2016, up 8.1 percent from …

EXPO 2017 HUB winners announced

October 26, 2017

More than a hundred IFAI members took part in the daily prize drawings in the HUB at EXPO 2017. One business card was pulled out of the jar each day of the show and the winner received a $50 VISA gift card. On the last day, the lucky winner received a full registration to EXPO …

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI president, dies

Roy Schweinfurth, former IFAI board member and president, died October 8th. He served on the IFAI Board of Directors from 1977 to 1989, and as IFAI president (a position now called chairman) from 1985 to 1987. He was involved with the IFAI Awning Division, now called the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association. His obituary appeared in …

Boat sales decline slightly in September

October 25, 2017

Boat sales grew by slightly less than 4 percent in September, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. That’s down slightly from August numbers, when sales were up 4 percent. The report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. The boat sales growth rate …

Marina conference registration open

October 23, 2017

Registration is now open for the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC). The IMBC is a major marina and boatyard conference geared specifically toward marina and boatyard owners; operators and managers; as well as dock masters; harbormasters; boat builders and repairers; and industry consultants. The conference is produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) …

Commerce Dept. to discuss textile industry assessment findings in October 18 Webinar

October 17, 2017

In 2016, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) undertook its first comprehensive survey and assessment of the health and competitiveness of the U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry since 2003.  The BIS team is now prepared to share preliminary findings of this critically important study that will be unveiled later this …

Keep waiting customers happy

In those parts of the country where boats get put away in the winter, the first hints of spring often bring a rush of business for marine fabricators that doesn’t slow down until the leaves start to fall. Once that work begins to back up during warm-weather months, it’s not unusual for fabricators to quote …

Spanish language boating website launched

October 16, 2017

Spanish speakers seeking information about recreational boating have a new online resource– es.discoverboating.com. According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the Hispanic population in the U.S. continues to expand, reaching a record 58.6 million in 2017 and accounting for more than half of total U.S. population growth last year. The new microsite, launched by Discover Boating, …

Glen Raven solar array debuts

October 10, 2017

Glen Raven Inc. has launched a $2 million solar farm at its Anderson, S.C.-based manufacturing plant. The 1-million-square-foot facility previously received natural gas and nuclear power from Duke Energy. But now the company’s 3,076-panel solar farm will power 100 percent of the facility’s lights. “We have culturally always had a great interest and responsibility to …

Gant retires as Glen Raven CEO

October 9, 2017

Allen Gant Jr. has retired as CEO of textile manufacturer Glen Raven Inc., with C.G. “Leib” Oehmig IV, a 28-year veteran of Glen Raven, stepping in as his successor. Gant will remain chairman of the company’s operating board. Gant joined Glen Raven in 1971 and was named CEO in 1996. Gant announced in 2013 that …