Inflatable boat builder moves to Colombia

March 1, 2008

AB Inflatables moved all boat production to a new factory in Colombia from Venezuela. The 100,000-square-foot facility is located in the duty-free zone near the waterfront and is three times the size of the old one. AB Inflatables moved because of difficulty finding dependable, skilled labor, along with aggressive labor unions and government red tape …

New MAATS Planning Committee chairman appointed

Greg Lentine, president of NorCross Marine Products, was appointed as the new chairman of the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) Planning Committee. MAATS will be held July 16-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Glen Raven integrates Boyle plant

John Boyle & Co.’s manufacturing facility will become part of Glen Raven’s technical fabrics division in March. John Boyle employees, totaling 147, will remain in Statesville, N.C., as part of Glen Raven. New signs will be installed at the new location.

Foam makers establish voluntary certification

The CertiPUR-US initiative sponsored by the Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) establishes voluntary performance, environmental, health and safety standards for qualified foams. The initiative is based on Europe’s CertiPUR program, but includes physical performance standards that quantify durability, consistency and comfort. Visit

Marina slip contract policy changes

Marinas, in an effort to control rising insurance costs, are inserting language in slip contracts that shift liability to the slip holder. Boaters could have to pay for injuries, lawyers and damages out of pocket—even if the marina is to blame—if the boat insurance policy doesn’t include contractual liability. Boaters should check their marina slip …

Ten products win awards at IBEX 2007

January 1, 2008

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International honored 10 marine manufacturers for innovative achievement at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX). The 79 new products entered in the Innovation Awards program were judged based on distinction, benefit, practicality, cost-effectiveness and consumer availability. Boatbuilding Methods & Materials category G/flex Epoxies from West System: …

O’Sullivan announces new manufacturing site

O’Sullivan Films, producer of flexible vinyl and olefin films and sheeting, started a new pressed polished sheet manufacturing site in Winchester, Va. The facility will more than double O’Sullivan’s current sheet capacity. While new business is being targeted in North America, O’Sullivan also emphasizes Europe, Asia and Australia. New products are also being developed for …

Sattler fills regional sales manager position

Sattler North America Corp. appointed Richard Morelle as regional sales manager for their Suntex Division of solution-dyed acrylic fabrics. Morelle is responsible for the marine and awning market sectors throughout the Northeastern United States. Morelle has more than 20 years of industrial textile sales experience and serves on the board of the North East Canvas …

Taylor Made celebrates 100 years

The Taylor Made Group, supplier of OEM glazing systems and marine aftermarket accessories, celebrates 100 years of business this year. Taylor Made began as a canvas business in 1908. Today it has grown to be one of the recreational marine industry’s largest, most diversified suppliers to boatbuilders and the aftermarket.

Marine Accessories Corp. fills leadership positions

Marine Accessories Corporation (MAC), leading manufacturer of marine canvas and wakeboard towers and accessories, recently filled two leadership positions in its canvas solutions and tower solutions divisions. Jim Wilson, former president and general manager of Great Lakes Boat Top, will take on responsibility as president of MAC Canvas Solutions. Tony Williams, former vice president and …