MasterCraft CEO joins new SEC advisory committee

May 30, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched a new Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee to ensure that emerging companies have a voice in SEC decision-making. One of the founding members of the Advisory Committee will be Terry McNew, president and CEO of MasterCraft Boat Holdings–an 882-employee boat manufacturer based in Vonore, Tenn. The Advisory …

SBA announces national SBIR road tour

May 28, 2019

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced it will launch a 16-stop road tour connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early stage funding—the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs focus on next generation …

Scout Boats adds solar energy system

May 23, 2019

Scout Boats has started generating renewable energy to power its manufacturing facility in Summerville, S.C. with a 592-kilowatt solar energy system. A second solar energy system will be built by Hannah Solar Government Services at the Scout facility. In the first year, the roof-mounted solar array is expected to generate 775,752 kilowatt hours of energy, …

OFPANZ annual conference, July 25-27, New Zealand

May 22, 2019

The Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ) will hold its 2019 Annual Conference at the Napier War Memorial Conference Center in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, on July 25-27. The conference will bring together a diverse range of speakers and workshops, offering a variety of educational, social and professional networking opportunities, including the annual …

Idaho county drops proposed wake boat restriction

May 21, 2019

A measure in Valley County, Idaho, that would have placed punitive restrictions on wake boats was defeated after opposition by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and other stakeholders. The proposal would have disallowed waves greater than 24 inches within 1,000 feet from shore on seven popular lakes in southern Idaho including Payette Lake near …

Bill Yeargin receives 2019 Hammond leadership award

May 16, 2019

The Foundation for Recreational Boating Safety, Education and Environmental Awareness awarded Bill Yeargin, president and CEO of Correct Craft, the 2019 Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award for his extraordinary service and commitment to advocacy on behalf of the recreational boating industry. The annual award recognizes individuals who have helped grow and protect the industry through …

Herculite names marketing manager

May 14, 2019

Matt Brommer has been named marketing manager for Herculite, Inc., a producer of flexible composite textiles for performance applications in solar protection, marine, tents and structures, health care and digital graphics. In this newly created position, Brommer is responsible for the company’s marketing communications programs designed to increase awareness and promote growth of the company’s …

Florida passes boat titling law

May 9, 2019

The Florida Legislature approved the Uniform Certificate of Title Act (HB 475/S 676) and sent the bill to Governor Ron DeSantis for his signature. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) heralded the legislation’s passage, calling titling a vital tool in the effort to protect consumers from buying damaged, destroyed, or stolen boats.  “The consumer benefits …

Regional marine workshops now open for registration

May 7, 2019

Join the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) for regional workshops to learn hands-on marine fabrication education in a shop setting. Build your network with like-minded business owners and share business information while you socialize and tour the marine shop. The MFA Southeast Regional Workshop will take place at Southern Stitch Canvas & Upholstery LLC, in Gulfport, …

Workstation ergonomics saves backs and increases efficiency

May 2, 2019

Sewing machines are an integral part of the workflow at most marine fabrication shops. But while fabricators may be careful about the machines they buy, and work to keep them operating properly, there are other aspects of the sewing operation that deserve attention. Just the way a shop’s sewing workstations are set up can increase …