Minneapolis Innovation Awards announced

January 17, 2018

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored winners of the 2018 Minneapolis Innovation Awards, recognizing groundbreaking new consumer marine products. This is the first year the Innovation Awards came to Minneapolis to honor manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to the boating industry market in the following categories: …

New compact fiber laser welding system

January 11, 2018

Amada Miyachi America has introduced the updated LMWS Pulsed Fiber Laser Welding System, a highly configurable, compact unit designed for lean manufacturing. The system features a versatile high-power, high-speed laser available in 20-70 Watt (W) powers for welding metals and plastics. The LMWS is ideal for welding dissimilar metals, including copper to aluminum, aluminum to …

Tidewater Boats expanding Lexington County operations

January 9, 2018

Tidewater Boats is growing its Lexington County operations with a new satellite facility to build larger saltwater boats. To accommodate the production of larger models, the company is investing $8.3 million and creating 100 new jobs. Founded in 2006, Tidewater Boats has grown from five models 10 years ago to 24 models today. Boat sizes …

Construction underway for 2018 Miami International Boat Show

January 4, 2018

Construction at Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin is well underway for the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, Feb. 15-19. The show team continues preparations for what is shaping up to be a busy show, with more than 1,400 boats expected on-land and in-water, representing more than 175 brands. For more information, visit …

2018 California Boating Congress set for February 27-28

January 2, 2018

The Marine Recreation Association (MRA) is sponsoring the 2018 California Boating Congress (CBC), February 27-28 in Sacramento, CA at the Hyatt Regency. The two-day event brings together the marine industry and boating community to advocate for issues affecting this important part of the state’s economy and culture, and chart the future of boating policy in …

EVA foam cleaner

January 1, 2018

SC Wake’s Boat Juice is formulated for cleaning the surface dirt off ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA ) non-skid foam boat flooring. Available in a convenient 32 oz. spray bottle, the cleaner is easy to use and requires only soft scrubbing and a rinse. The product is nontoxic, colorfast and environmentally friendly and is safe on upholstery …

Glen Raven debuts solar array

Glen Raven Inc. has launched a $2 million solar farm at its Anderson, S.C.-based manufacturing plant. The company’s 3,076-panel solar farm will power 100 percent of the 1-million-square-foot facility’s lights. Leib Oehmig, Glen Raven’s president and CEO, says Glen Raven expects to achieve payback on its investment within four years in terms of energy savings. …

ASA names new president

The American Sportfishing Association’s (ASA) board of directors announced that Glenn Hughes, ASA’s vice president for industry relations, has been hired to take on the role of president beginning April 1, 2018.

New flexible enclosure products

Covestro has launched two new flexible marine enclosure products—Makrolon® Marine 5 and Makrolon® VR. Both provide high optical clarity, low distortion and exceptional durability. Marine 5 is designed for the most demanding conditions. It provides the highest weathering performance and two-sided hard coat protection against abrasion, UV and chemicals. VR is an alternative to vinyl …

IFAI President and CEO to retire

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) president and CEO, Mary Hennessy, will retire on June 1, 2018. The IFAI Board of Directors has begun a search for her replacement and plans to name the person by May 1, 2018. Hennessy was named president in June 2012 after serving in the interim role for eight months. …