Gant retires as Glen Raven CEO

October 9, 2017

Allen Gant Jr. has retired as CEO of textile manufacturer Glen Raven Inc., with C.G. “Leib” Oehmig IV, a 28-year veteran of Glen Raven, stepping in as his successor. Gant will remain chairman of the company’s operating board. Gant joined Glen Raven in 1971 and was named CEO in 1996.

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Remembering Don Wedge

April 7, 2017

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

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Manufacturing institute honors 130 women with STEP awards

March 7, 2017

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

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Registration open for 2017 American Boating Congress

February 28, 2017

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

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Boat-building forecasts indicate growth

October 28, 2016

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.

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NMMA Hall of Fame recipients announced

September 20, 2016

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 &

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2015 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract available

August 16, 2016

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

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Bipartisan CORAL Act introduced

July 26, 2016

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

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Coalition grows to support Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

June 15, 2016

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

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2016 IFAI International Achievement Awards

April 25, 2016

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

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