In memoriam: Christine “Tina” Ann Miller

Christine "Tina" Ann Miller, 82, of Tuscarawas Township, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. She was born on December 10, 1940 in Massillon, Ohio to the late Louis and Emma (Urbas) Novak. Miller and her husband, Al, formed Miller Weldmaster Corp., where she served as company treasurer and secretary for 25 years until [...]

By |2023-06-05T08:10:15-05:00June 2, 2023|

Recreational boating’s economic impact climbs to $230 billion

New data released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) found that the annual national economic impact of recreational boating increased 36% from $170B in 2018 to $230B in 2023. The industry’s contributions to the U.S. workforce grew as well with a 14% increase in jobs supported, from 691,000 in 2018 to more than 812,000 [...]

By |2023-05-25T13:35:00-05:00June 1, 2023|

OSHA offers $12.7 million in training grants

The U.S. Department of Labor will provide a funding opportunity for more than $12.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to support training initiatives designed to promote safety and health in the nation’s workplaces. Administered by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the grants will support recipients’ efforts to provide instructor-led remote and in-person hands-on training for [...]

By |2023-05-31T08:57:28-05:00May 31, 2023|

Georgia legislation promotes boater safety and access for towed watersports

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed towed watersports legislation that included strengthening safety and access opportunities for wakesurfing and wakeboarding. The new law followed bordering states, South Carolina and Tennessee, in proactively keeping boaters and towed water sports enthusiasts safe on the water. Introduced by Representative Victor Anderson and sponsored by Senate President Pro Tempore John [...]

By |2023-05-25T13:31:01-05:00May 31, 2023|

China trade tariff exclusions expiring

Exclusions from the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China for the following medical care products needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic will expire June 1. - HTSUS 3923.21.0095 (other plastic sacks and bags for the conveyance or packing of goods) - HTSUS 5603.14.9090 (other nonwovens, whether or not impregnated, coated, covered, or laminated) - [...]

By |2023-05-31T08:53:33-05:00May 30, 2023|

IBEX to be held in refreshed Tampa Convention Center

Construction on the Tampa Convention Center (TCC) will be completed in time for the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) 2023, to be held October 3 – 5, 2023, in Tampa, Florida. The renovation project is the largest ever for the TCC and will result in an expanded third floor exhibit hall and additional fourth [...]

By |2023-05-25T13:27:51-05:00May 30, 2023|

IMEA expands scholarship program

The International Marine Electronics Alliance (IMEA), a 501 (c)(3) supporting organization of the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), is expanding its scholarship program to encourage and support students interested in a career in marine electronics. The goal is to alleviate the marine electronics industry worker shortage through education of students to become technical installers of [...]

By |2023-05-22T09:31:44-05:00May 25, 2023|

ABYC 2024 Standards Week date announced

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) annual Standards Week will be Jan. 7-11, 2024, in Annapolis, Md. ABYC Standards Week is a marine industry gathering with daily Project Technical Committees (PTCs) meetings scheduled to discuss updates to Supplement 64 of the Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft, set for publication in July [...]

By |2023-05-22T09:23:27-05:00May 23, 2023|

Sea Tow Foundation collaborates with Onyx/Absolute Outdoor

The Sea Tow Foundation’s Life Jacket Loaner Program is the largest of its kind in the world, operating more than 1,300 stands throughout the country at boat ramps, marinas, parks and other locations where boaters have easy access to borrow the life jackets. The Foundation’s primary objective is to prevent drowning by providing life jackets, [...]

By |2023-05-15T10:06:11-05:00May 18, 2023|

American Boating Congress wraps up in D.C.

The 2023 American Boating Congress (ABC) included three days of policy conversations, panel discussions, marine industry updates, conversations with members of Congress and a day spent on Capitol Hill advocating on behalf of the recreational marine industry. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and its industry partners, sponsors and co-hosts welcomed more than 250 recreational [...]

By |2023-05-15T09:56:02-05:00May 16, 2023|
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