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: …

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 …

Glen Raven debuts solar array

January 1, 2018

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.

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. …

IFAI names new board chair

Steve Ellington, president of Trivantage LLC, Glen Raven’s distribution and marketing services subsidiary in Glen Raven, N.C., has been named IFAI’s 52nd chairman of the board. Ellington has served on IFAI’s board of directors since the late 1990s. Ellington says he is planning to continue the momentum toward growth and relevance that the board has …

2018 Marine Fabricators Conference

Online registration is open for the Marine Fabricators Conference 2018, Jan. 25-27 in Savannah, Ga. To register, visit ifai.com/marineconference. For information about hotel options in the Savannah area, visit https://marine.ifai.com/marine-fabricators-conference/. For information about the education sessions and conference schedule, visit ifai.com/marineconference or contact education and events manager Barbara Connett at bjconnett@ifai.com

Tougher transparent vinyl

December 21, 2017

Robeco’s newest flexible transparent vinyl provides another film option for the marine and industrial fabrics industries. GlassClear® adds a scratch-resistant coating to both sides of its one ply 030 Clear Extruded Vinyl product. Supplied in roll form, this newest product option allows users to unroll only what they need for a specific job, reducing waste …