New Trivantage distribution center triples inventory capacity

April 15, 2021

Trivantage® has moved to a larger distribution facility in St. Louis, Mo., that will allow the company to better and more efficiently serve customers with increased capacity at more than 62,000 square feet, six loading docks for customer will-call and shipments, and improved visitor parking. The new location will house increased inventory levels, easy-access sampling …

Boating Industry magazine announces 2021 roster of young marine industry leaders

April 8, 2021

Boating Industry magazine announced its “40 Under 40” for 2021, a list of the top young leaders from across the recreational boating industry. The honorees were selected from hundreds of entries for their outstanding work in the industry and their potential to continue to carry the marine industry forward. Check out the list for 2021 …

Marine CEOs remained optimistic in Q4 2020

March 24, 2021

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Q4 2020 Marine CEO Sentiment Report, a quarterly survey to assess the state and needs of U.S. recreational boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturing businesses, shows marine CEO assessments of current conditions and short-term outlooks in Q4 were the most optimistic since the survey’s inception in 2018, following historic …

Minnesota boat builders busy with surging interest

February 19, 2021

A recent Minnesota StarTribune newspaper article reports that major boat manufacturers in Minnesota are scrambling to expand their payrolls in response to surging demand for leisure boats during the pandemic. According to the article, Brunswick’s production facility in New York Mills, Minn., where Lund and Crestliner boats are built, has added 114 positions in the …

Marine entrepreneur acquires Hydro-Turf

October 29, 2020

Marine and powersports entrepreneur, Greg Pickren, has acquired Hydro-Turf, a manufacturer of watercraft traction mats and seat covers located in Anaheim, Calif. Pickren’s holdings include Marine Mat, SEI Marine Products, API Marine, 4XPro, East Lake Axle, Watercraft Superstore, SBT, BlackTip Jet Sports, Adonis Impellers, and Pacific Big Wave. The family of companies are headquartered in …

August powerboat retail sales up 8 percent

October 22, 2020

New data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) show that August new powerboat retail sales were up 8% year to date on a seasonally-adjusted basis compared to a year ago. Highlights from NMMA’s New Powerboat Registrations dashboard include: While new powerboat retail sales slowed in August following unprecedented increases in the early summer months …

White House executive order targets water management and infrastructure

October 21, 2020

The White House released an executive order to “to improve our country’s water resource management, modernize our water infrastructure, and prioritize the availability of clean, safe, and reliable water supplies,” according to www.whitehouse.gov. The order would create a new Water Policy Committee, also known as the Water Subcabinet, to be co-chaired by the Interior and …

Boat shipments, powerboat sales continue to climb

October 5, 2020

New data from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) show wholesale shipments of new boats increased for the third consecutive month in July, doubling compared to June on a seasonally adjusted basis, as boat building production continued to gain momentum across all boat categories. The latest data also show new powerboat retail sales continuing to …

Minnesota DNR seeks applications for Game and Fish Fund Oversight Committees

September 30, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking applications for two-year term positions on the Fisheries Oversight Committee (FOC) and Wildlife Oversight Committee (WOC) for the Game and Fish Fund. Applications must be submitted online by September 30. The responsibility of these committees is to review and make recommendations on how the DNR spends …

Sea Tow calls for safety award entries

September 23, 2020

The Sea Tow Foundation in cooperation with its North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council, announced the official call for entry for its “National Boating Industry Safety Awards.” The deadline for entries is Oct. 15. The 2020 contest features an enhanced series of categories which recognize top boating safety programs and campaigns within the for-profit segment …