Don Wedge, former owner of the Marine Training Institute, Palmetto, Fla., passed away peacefully on April 3. Wedge helped launch the Marine Fabricators Association and the Master Fabric Craftsman (MFA) program. He was well known for his training school, instructional videos and developing patterning techniques. Wedge was the first inductee into the MFA Hall of …

The National Association of Manufactures (NAM) Institute announced that 130 women are being recognized with the Women in Manufacturing Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Award. This year’s winners include Kris Carroll, Jan Morton, Katelyn Vara and Marcea Weiss. The recipients of the STEP Ahead Awards will be honored at a gala in Washington, D.C., …

The 2017 American Boating Congress (ABC) meets May 15-17, in Washington, D.C. ABC will provide attendees the opportunity to take part in a series of workshops and meet with key policy makers. Early bird registration closes March 20. Highlights of the 2017 American Boating Congress: Jake Tapper will be the 2017 keynote “Inside the Beltway” …

Boat-building production forecasts were upwardly revised in the third quarter of 2016 to reflect accelerating growth, according to ITR Economics. The ITR forecast puts third quarter growth up 12 percent and annual growth up 10.9 percent. Forecasts indicate growth to continue through June 2019, decelerating toward the end of 2018. The 2016 ITR Economics Forecast …

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) will present two industry leaders this year with its highest honor, the NMMA Hall of Fame. Robert (Bob) Menne, Jr., CEO, Premier Marine, and Victor (Vic) Porter, Chairman, Formula Boats, will be recognized for their career achievements during the 26th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX). The NMMA Hall …

The National Marine Manufacturer (NMMA) complete 2015 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, which contains data and insights on the boating industry, is now available. Report highlights include: Total recreational marine expenditures reached an eight-year high of $35.9 billion in 2015, up 2.2 percent from 2014. 2015 recreational boats in use totaled 15.7 million with 94.9 …

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen introduced the Conserving Our Reefs And Livelihoods (CORAL) Act (H.R. 5771), which she authored, along with several co-sponsors to amend and reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Ros-Lehtinen’s bipartisan CORAL Act acknowledges that the environmental and economic benefits of coral reefs …

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was covered in detail during the recent American Boating Congress. Twelve countries, including the United States, signed an agreement geared to strengthen global trade, pinpointing the Pacific region, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The U.S. Coalition for TPP, a broad-based and cross-sectoral group of U.S. companies and associations …

IFAI’s 69th annual International Achievement Awards (IAA) honor and acknowledge aptitude and fine craftsmanship within the specialty fabrics industry. IAA entries get unbeatable publicity: Be featured in Specialty Fabrics Review and other IFAI publications and marketing material throughout the year. Be viewed online in the IAA Winner’s Gallery and IFAI Division Websites. Be seen by …