Mastercraft rehires former employees

September 1, 2009

The Mastercraft Boat Co. is asking for more than 200 laid-off employees to return to work. The boat manufacturer was faced with financial crisis at the beginning of 2009, resulting in the layoffs and a production halt. As dealers’ inventory diminished however, demand for Mastercraft products increased and the company began rehiring its employees. Seniority …

Correct Craft solid despite layoffs

Correct Craft’s president and CEO Bill Yeargin says that even though the company laid off about 100 workers, the boat maker isn’t going anywhere. “We’re solid financially, we’ve got orders through the second week of October,” Yeargin says. “But we start looking out over the next few months, come the first of September we’ll be …

Tsunami “shadows” visible from space

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have detected open-ocean tsunamis using satellite radars that measure sea surface texture. Forecasting the direction and intensity of a tsunami might one day be possible with this technology. Large tsunamis stir up and darken ocean water on the leading edge of the wave. The rough water forms …

Recycled fiber made from bottles

A new fiber in Unifi’s Repreve family of recycled products is made from 100-percent post-consumer PET bottles. This new addition offers a post-consumer option to the brand’s hybrid blend, which combines pre-consumer and post-consumer materials. The Repreve line now includes several types of recycled fibers and filaments.

Small business loans for veterans

A special Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program for veterans has increased since the Recovery Act. The SBA’s Patriot Express Pilot Loan initiative provides loans to veterans and their spouses to be used for business purposes, including start-up, expansion, equipment purchases, working capital, inventory or business-occupied real estate purchases. The Patriot Express loans are similar …

Ameritex files for bankruptcy

Marine accessories manufacturer Ameritex filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and sold its assets to the Taylor Made Group. The business will be reconstituted as Ameritex Fabric Systems and relocated to Taylor Made’s facility in Bradenton, Fla. Ameritex ran into trouble when its two top customers, Genmar Group and Crownline Boats, closed plants and filed …

Research sailing expedition underway

The Around the Americas research sailing expedition, which got underway in May, is collecting scientific data and testing new methods and equipment throughout the 13-month, 25,000-mile circumnavigation of the North and South American continents. The expedition intends to raise awareness of the changes occurring in our oceans and aims to promote solutions to lessen negative …

New Detroit outdoor expo

The Great Lakes Outdoor Recreation Expo, a new consumer event, is being created to enhance its exhibitors’ value and attract more attendees with a broader interest. The event, which will take place Feb. 18–21 in Detroit, Mich., will include exhibitors from a variety of outdoor and sporting recreation activities. This expo is in addition to …

Two-month paddleboard expedition from Canada to France

Three French women, Stéphanie Geyer-Barneix, Alexandra Lux and Flora Manciet, will be participating in the UCAR Cap Odysée paddleboard expedition this summer. The three competetive paddleboarders row in relays to traverse the North Atlantic Ocean. The athletes set off from Cape Breton Island, Canada, in July, and hope to average 100 kilometers per day until …

Deadline approaching for boating access award

The third annual BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award will accept nominations until Oct. 1. The award recognizes individuals or groups who have preserved or improved waterway access. Waterfront residential development, regulatory red tape, increased taxes, poor land-use planning and more restrictive zoning are some factors that contribute to the decline of waterway access for recreational …