Fishing & Boating News
Nine companies receive Innovation Awards; one Environmental Award also presented
(Oct. 13, 2007 - Miami, FL) Ten marine manufacturers were honored this morning for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 17th annual International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) in Miami.
(Oct. 09, 2007 - LAKE FOREST, Il) Brunswick Latin America Group (BLAG), a unit of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), today welcomed a new dealer/partner to its emerging distribution network in the region.
(Oct. 09, 2007 - FOND DU LAC, WI) Employees in Mercury Marine's Juarez, Mexico, facility today celebrated the milestone of one million work hours without a lost-time incident. The facility, which manufactures wire harnesses, has achieved this exemplary safety record for four consecutive years.
(Oct. 09, 2007 - Harrisonville, MO.) Tail Walker Lures LLC. We are very pleased to announce Skeeter Boats has become the official bass boat of Tail Walker Lures in 2008. JoAnne OBryant, promotions coordinator for Skeeter Boats and Jerry Schlueter, owner of Tail Walker Lures, finalized a deal in September 2007.
(Oct. 08, 2007 - Kennesaw, GA) Yamaha Marine Group announced today it will begin the fourth quarter of the year by once again asking boaters the question: "why wait?"
(Oct. 03, 2007 - Edenton, NC) Regulator Marine and Bluewater Yacht Sales of Hampton, VA, announce the appointment of Bluewater Yacht Sales as Regulator’s authorized dealer for the Maryland and northern Virginia markets.
'WORLD CLASS CUSTOMER SERVICE'
(Sep. 26, 2007 - Pearland, Texas) With more than 30 years in retail, whose duties included opening, managing and purchasing products for stores, across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, Mark Emken understands customer service. He has progressed from store manager to District Manager, Zone Manager to Divisional Merchandise Manager and Vice President Officer for companies such as Lowe's, Michael's and Home Depot.
Despite competition for time and access, fishing is still an economic powerhouse
(Sep. 26, 2007 - Alexandria, VA) Despite competition from video games and other similar activities and increased urbanization, recreational angling remains one of the largest outdoor recreational activities in the nation as well as one of the most solid industries in the United States. Annually, nearly 40 million anglers generate over $45 billion in retail sales with a $125 billion impact on the nation's economy creating employment for over one million people.
Senators Barbara Boxer and Bill Nelson Committed to Fixing Ballast Water Permitting Issue for Boaters
Support from Senate Leaders a Victory for Nation's Boaters
(Sep. 28, 2007 - Washington, DC) The nation's 73 million boaters gained a tremendous victory yesterday in the U.S. Senate in their fight against complex, costly and unnecessary permitting as a result of a court decision last fall.
Exhibitors report robust crowds, strong sales at this year’s event
(Sep. 27, 2007 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada) Canada’s boat show season got off to a great start in Toronto this month as hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of consumers turned out for the 9th Annual Toronto In-Water Boat Show. Total attendance for this year's event was up nearly seven percent over the 2006 show, with 10,796 individuals on hand to check out the latest boats, gear and accessories the industry has to offer.
(Sep. 26, 2007 - Apple Valley, MN) Retrotec Inc. (Retrotec) has established itself as the company that has changed the way people charge batteries. After more than eight yearsof traveling around the country finding what is needed to make individual lives easier when it comes to their battery charging needs, we have found that we are meeting those needs successfully. We are now prepared to move to the next step.
(Sep. 14, 2007 - Edgewater, FL) Boston Whaler® recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in high style as it kicked of its 2008 model year. Holding its annual dealer meeting in a special location, Whaler® returned home to its roots: Boston, Mass.
(Sep. 14, 2007 - Bechtelsville, PA) As it continues to enjoy rapid growth, Performance Metals has named Ryan Albers director of sales. The announcement was made by Martin Wigg, Performance Metals president.
(Sep. 13, 2007 - DANIA BEACH, Florida, USA) After almost a decade since the creation and steady growth of its two world championship tournaments, the International Game Fish Association will end its direct participation and management of the competitive events concluding with its 2008 events.
(Sep. 11, 2007 - Newberry, S.C.) The Bluewater Marine Group is pleased to announce the addition of Mark Skeen as Sales Director. Skeen has a wealth of knowledge about the boating industry gleaned from both his personal and professional life; in this post, he will oversee sales operations for the Bluewater Marine Group reporting to Jay Povlin, President Bluewater Marine Group.
Children Enable Adults To Continue Enjoying The Outdoors New Store Manager Believes in 'Passing It On'
(Sep. 06, 2007 - Miami, FL) Fishing since he could walk, Scott Tarlow understands the thrill his son felt when he caught his first fish. "It was awesome!" said Tarlow, talking about his son's reaction. "I don't think he could sit still the rest of the day!"
(Sep. 05, 2007 - Gurnee, IL) The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) announced its new board members and officers. The shift in leadership occurred during its recent annual meeting.
(Aug. 31, 2007 - Rossford, Ohio) Bass Pro Shops representatives and members of the Wood County Economic Development Commission held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for media and invited guests, Thursday, August 30th for the new Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World beginning construction in Rossford.
(Aug. 29, 2007 - Fort Pierce, FL) At its annual dealer meeting held recently, Cobia Boat Company, Inc. reiterated its commitment to revamping the Cobia line by introducing several new boat models for 2008.
Report indicates boat loan amounts increase in 2006; loan volumes decrease
(Aug. 22, 2007 - Chicago, IL) The National Marine Bankers Association (NMBA) recently released its 2007 Annual Report/2006 Marine Finance Market Summary, which provides the most comprehensive 2006 marine financing data available anywhere in the United States.
(Aug. 21, 2007 - FOND DU LAC, WI.) Starting in November, Mercury University will conduct multiple workshops to help dealerships increase their Service Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) scores.
From Editors At Field & Stream Magazine
(Aug. 16, 2007 - Overland Park, KS) Field & Stream magazine has presented Bushnell Outdoor Products its prestigious "Best of the Best" award for the ONIX 400 GPS. The ONIX 400 is the first handheld GPS to offer XM Weather that integrates real time weather information with GPS maps and navigation data.
(Aug. 15, 2007 - Ida Grove, IA) Crestliner Boats has selected ShoreLand’r Boat Trailers to provide trailers for its line of premium aluminum boats. For the 2008 model year, Crestliner will offer its customers a choice of ShoreLand’r bunk or roller trailers, in standard or upgrade models.
(Aug. 10, 2007 - Bakersfield, CA.) Bass Pro Shops, America's most popular outdoor store, continues its retail growth with the announcement it will open a 150,000 square foot super outdoor store in Bakersfield, California.
(Aug. 09, 2007 - Gurnee, IL) During the recent Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) Awards Reception, the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) honored John Ford with the Mel Barr Award. NMRA president Norm MacLeod and Liz Walz, Boating Industry magazine senior editor, presented the award.
(Aug. 09, 2007 - Missoula, MT) At its annual conference in Roanoke, Va., Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) announced the winner of its coveted Excellence in Craft Award. The award is given annually to an OWAA member for outstanding effort in upholding the OWAA Creed and continued excellence in craft.
(Aug. 09, 2007 - Lake Forest, IL) Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) recently awarded $50,000 in scholarships to 25 sons and daughters of Brunswick marine dealer employees to assist with college tuition fees.
(Aug. 07, 2007 - KNOXVILLE, TN.) The theme of Sea Ray's 2008 Dealer Meeting was "Raising the Bar," and the award-winning boat builder did that and more at the event held on July 16 and 17 at its headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn.
(Jul. 31, 2007 - ADELANTO, CA.) For the fifth consecutive year, Cabo Yachts has been named a recipient of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) 2007 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Awards, which honor companies that actively measure customer satisfaction and pursue continuous improvement.
Nearly 7,000 people attend the world's largest sportfishing trade show
(Jul. 20, 2007 - Alexandria, VA) From July 11-13, 2007, nearly 7,000 representatives of the sportfishing industry came together to celebrate 50 years of the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST). ICAST50 once again lived up to its reputation as the world's largest showcase of fishing tackle and accessories all under one roof. ICAST represents the cornerstone of the sportfishing industry, driving sportfishing companies' product sales year round.
Six products receive Innovation Awards; one receives Environmental Award
(Jul. 20, 2007 - Las Vegas, NV) Six marine aftermarket products were honored last night for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 7th annual Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) in Las Vegas.
(Jul. 16, 2007 - Kilgore, TX) Skeeter Products, Inc., celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2008 as a leader in the marine industry, has been recognized for the sixth consecutive year as a recipient of the National Marine Manufacturer's Association's (NMMA) CSI Award for customer satisfaction.
Second Donation in Two Years for FishAmerica Gulf Fund
(Jul. 13, 2007 - Alexandria, VA) The FishAmerica Foundation is the 2007 recipient of a $5,000 conservation grant from Johnson Outdoors in honor of the Samuel C. Johnson Fishing Journalist of the Year award. The award was presented to Al Lindner, outdoor journalist and long-time TV host, during ICAST 2007, the sportfishing industry's trade show held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, July 11-13, produced by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA).
Six companies recognized for exceptional achievement
(Jul. 13, 2007 - Las Vegas, NV) During ICAST 2007, the sportfishing industry's annual trade show, six members of the American Sportfishing Association were recognized by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) for exceptional achievement in encouraging anglers to take the Anglers' Legacy pledge and commit to taking more people fishing. ICAST was held July 11 - 13, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
More than 600 innovations in tackle and gear entered
(Jul. 12, 2007 - Las Vegas, NV) The E21 Carrot Stix, a freshwater rod, was voted by buyers and media as the most innovative product in the ICAST50 New Product Showcase in both the Freshwater Rod category and the overall "Best of Show."
(Jul. 05, 2007 - Dora, AL) Jasper, Alabama based Ultimate Tackle now has a full line-up of Angler Tackle Bags. Each of these bags comes with plastic boxes and plenty of room for tons of gear.
(Jul. 05, 2007 - Chicago, IL) The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today announced recipients of the annual 2007 Marine Industry CSI Awards. A total of 64 boat and engine manufacturers—a new record-high—were recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction, as part of NMMA's Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) program.
(Jul. 02, 2007 - LAKE FOREST, IL.) Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC) today announced it will expand its manufacturing presence in North Carolina with the purchase of a boat manufacturing facility in Navassa, N.C., near Wilmington, from KCS International, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
(Jun. 29, 2007 - Chicago, IL) The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is currently accepting nominations for the 24th Annual Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award. The award, sponsored by NMMA's Accessory Manufacturers Division (AMD) Board of Directors, honors the memory of Freedman, a former NMMA Shows Committee chairman and active association member who helped found the association in 1979.
Recreational Fishing Supporter Appointed to Pacific Fishery Management Council Sportfishing industry applauds appointment
(Jun. 27, 2007 - Alexandria, VA) The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) applauds the appointment of Dan Wolford to the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC). Wolford was nominated by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for the At-Large seat and appointed by Bill Hogarth, Ph.D., director of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service. ASA supported Wolford's nomination with a letter to Dr. Hogarth and introduced him to members of the California Congressional delegation in support of his candidacy.
(Jun. 27, 2007 - Kennesaw, GA) Yamaha Marine Group announced today Yamaha Marine University™ has added a new member to its team. Jennifer Christ, of VRZ Consulting, has joined as registrar and will be handling dealer registration and managing attendance for the upcoming Yamaha Marine University programs.
(Jun. 26, 2007 - ) Six new members of the American Sportfishing Association's Board of Directors were elected in June to fill three regional seats and three At-Large seats, with their terms beginning October 1, 2007. The Board members serve two-year terms.
(Jun. 19, 2007 - Dania Beach, FL) The dean of outdoor writers, the quintessential lady fly angler, a man who revolutionized rod making and two extraordinary bill fishermen will be inducted as the ninth class into the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame, this fall.
(Jun. 21, 2007 - Fond Du Lac, WI) This summer, Mercury's new 40, 50 and 60 horsepower FourStroke outboards will feature enhanced features including improved shifting and new styling. Responding to the needs of the market, engineers at Mercury have improved the shifting, rigging and styling of this popular family of engines.
(Jun. 21, 2007 - Gurnee, IL) It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of our founder, Jerry Martin. Jerry died peacefully at home on Friday, June 15, 2007. He had been ill for some time, but continued to find energy in the activities of his beloved marine industry.
(Jun. 18, 2007 - Kennesaw, GA) Yamaha Marine Group announced today the recipients of the 2007 Yamaha Marine Dealer Scholarship, a longstanding element in the company's portfolio of benefits for Yamaha Marine dealers and their employees.
Scituate Yacht Company Has New Owners, New Name, New Location and Aggressive New Sales, Service and Marketing Strategy
(Jun. 12, 2007 - St. Augustine, FL) Luhrs Corporation announced today that one of its top dealerships, Scituate Yacht Company of Hull, Massachusetts, now has new owners. David and Rosa McShane have re-christened the dealership the New Scituate Yacht Company and have opened a new location in Green Harbor, Massachusetts.
(Jun. 14, 2007 - Gurnee, IL) Two prime players in the marine and outdoors promotions markets have announced the merging of their businesses, effective immediately. Both based in Gurnee, Illinois, The Jerry Martin Company has joined forces with Martin Flory Group. The resulting "new" company becomes the world’s largest public relations agency specializing in the marine and outdoors industries.
(Jun. 10, 2007 - Scottsdale, AZ.) Dennis Phillips of the Walker Agency has received the Fred L. Peterson Award from the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association (NOWA). The award was presented to Phillips, who is the first individual member to receive the award, by Peterson Award Committee member Dennis Clay during its Annual Awards Banquet in Kennewick, Wash.
(Jun. 01, 2007 - WAYCROSS, GA) Carolina Skiff officials announced the completion of a 100,000-square-foot building at the end of May. The new building houses final finishing and optimized shipping operations for the Carolina Skiff and Sea Chaser boat lines.
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