Jeffrey C. Rasmussen • July 1, 2015 The world economy: key statistics It was a recovery year, to be sure, but an uneven global rebound kept the lid on the world economy. For the past three quarters of the year in 2013 and 2014, the United States has been an economic island, showing noticeable improvement …

Jim Tarbox • July 1, 2015 A bit of in-house business first: You’ll soon see a slight change in the way the Marine Fabricators Association presents itself. Our parent group—IFAI—is undergoing a new branding effort that will bring all of its member organizations under a more-unified image. The aim is to simplify and drive decision-making …

June 29, 2015 Citing 610 boating deaths, the U.S. Coast Guard reported that 2014 saw the second lowest number since records have been kept starting in 1972. Only 2013, with 560 recorded boating deaths, fared better. The Guard’s “2014 Recreational Boating Statistics” notes that the number of accidents increased by two, to 4064, and resulted …

June 17, 2015 Pompano Beach, Fla.-based textile maker Serge Ferrari North America has named Ilse Beterams general manager, effective July 1. Ilse will oversee all aspects of Serge Ferrari operations in the United States and Canada, including sales, finance, marketing, shipping and inventory management. The parent company, Serge Ferrari, is headquartered near Lyon, France. Beterams …