Annual advocacy survey ends soon

January 7, 2020

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is calling on all recreational boating industry stakeholders to participate in the association’s second annual advocacy survey, which will play an important role in shaping the organization’s 2020 policy priorities. Click here to take the survey. Direct stakeholder feedback is essential to ensuring the industry’s advocacy efforts are robust …

Seaman Corp. CEO named best in 2019

January 3, 2020

Seaman Corp., a leading industrial coated fabrics company, has received recognition by Comparably as having the Best CEO 2019, according to a news release from Seaman Corp. This recognition adds to Seaman’s streak of workplace accolades, including The Perfect Engine Award (2012), Industry Leadership Award (2014) and Evolution of Manufacturing Excellence Honoree (2015). A recent …

Chicago Boat and RV Show opens in early January

January 2, 2020

The Chicago Boat, RV and Sail Show™ runs Jan. 8-12, 2020, at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. The show will have more than 600 boats and 100 recreational vehicles on display and include seminars and the latest in outdoor accessories. The show will have a pool where attendees can demo kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and sailboats. …

New members join MFA

January 1, 2020

Admiral CanvasWarren Cooper www.admiralcanvas.comFort Lauderdale, Fla.   American Boat Top Co.Red Bickerstaff www.americanboattop.comFlat Rock, Mich.    Bramble’s Canvas & UpholsteryDaniel Bramble www.dantheupholsteryman.comPottsboro, Texas    Canvas SolutionsTaylor Dosier www.yourcanvassolutions.comSpring Lake, Mich. Custom Boat CoversBrian Thompson www.customboatcovers.usAurora, Ohio    Eqodry USADerek Robinson  www.eqodryusa.comElon, N.C.    George Givens & SonRichard Givens www.geogivensandson.comMobile, Ala. Lakeside Canvas & UpholsteryMs Beth VanLente www.lakesidecanvas1.comMuskegon, Mich.    Lawless Designs LLCKate …

Deadline to enter 2020 Miami Innovation Awards is Jan. 10

December 31, 2019

The deadline to enter new products for the 2020 Miami International Boat Show® Innovation Awards is Jan. 10, 2020. The Innovation Awards recognize manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market, and the winners will be announced during the Miami Boat Show in February. The Innovation Awards program is managed by the National …

New powerboat registrations rise in October

December 26, 2019

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) October New Powerboat Registrations Report shows new powerboat retail unit sales were up 5 percent on a rolling 3-month year-over-year (R3M YOY) basis and down 1 percent on a rolling 12-month year-over-year (R12M YOY) basis. Total new units sold in 2019 (through October) reached 261,600, signaling that total 2019 …

Manufacturers to cut capital spending for the first time since 2009

December 19, 2019

U.S. manufacturers plan to pull back on investing in 2020, a move that could rein in a rebound even as companies increase profits. In a Bloomberg report, citing a semiannual survey from the Institute for Supply Management Factory, executives forecast capital expenditures will decrease 2.1 percent in 2020. It would be the first annual decline …

Minnesota creates outdoor recreation task force

December 17, 2019

Minnesota will create an Outdoor Recreation Task Force (ORTF) to study and identify economic and participation opportunities around the state’s robust outdoor recreation resources. The effort to create the task force was jointly pursued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Explore Minnesota and was supported by many Minnesota outdoor recreation businesses—from boating …

New Jersey pledges $13 million to fight harmful algal blooms

December 11, 2019

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced that his administration will distribute more than $13 million to fund a new initiative to reduce and prevent future harmful algal bloom outbreaks in New Jersey. The program will fund science-based prevention, mitigation, study and response efforts across the state. In 2019, there were more than 70 suspected and …

Registration opens for 2020 American Boating Congress

December 5, 2019

Registration for the 2020 American Boating Congress (ABC) is open. The recreational boating industry’s annual advocacy summit in Washington, D.C., will be held May 12-14 and for the first time, the event moves to the InterContinental hotel located at the Wharf, a mile-long stretch of property on the Potomac River. ABC provides attendees with the …