MRAA’s dealer certification program launches 2022 education

January 28, 2022

The Marine Industry Certified Dealership program, run by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA), has released its 2022 Continuous Certification curriculum. The program requires dealers to complete this education, plus five other annual requirements to maintain their Certified Dealer status in the years following their initial Certification. For 2022, Certified Dealers will be […]

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Bipartisan infrastructure law to provide $1 billion for Western water projects

January 27, 2022

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced this week Western cities vulnerable to drought will receive $1 billion over the next five years through funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law in November 2021. The funding was earmarked by Congress for water projects and will provide $550 million for water reclamation […]

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2022 Minneapolis Innovation Award Winners announced

January 26, 2022

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) announced the winners of the 2022 Minneapolis Innovation Awards, which honor manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products in the boating industry to market in the following categories: aluminum fishing boats, fiberglass fishing boats, pontoon boats, and furnishings. This year’s program evaluated 14 […]

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2022 MFA Conference brings energy, excitement and relief

January 25, 2022

Attendees at the 2022 MFA Conference participated in numerous education sessions. After a year’s hiatus, the 2022 Marine Fabricators Conference that took place Jan. 13-15 at Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms, S.C., came roaring back with laughter, learning and gratitude. With a total of 220 attendees, a record 90 first-time attendees and […]

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White House announces $14 billion investment in ports and waterway infrastructure

January 25, 2022

The White House announced it will invest more than $14 billion in funding in fiscal year 2022 for more than 500 port and waterway infrastructure projects across 52 states and territories using money from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs act, which was signed into law in November of 2021. This investment will allow for […]

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IFAI Fabricators Conference and Showcase taking place in April

January 21, 2022

The Industrial Fabric Association International (IFAI) Fabricators Conference and Showcase 2022 will take place April 12, 2022, at Northcoast Canvas Training Workshops in Port Clinton, Ohio. The one-day conference is an opportunity to expand hands-on fabrication skills and grow industry knowledge. Showcase highlights include: Workforce development and training; tips, guidelines and resourcesRoundtable discussions covering industry […]

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Data shows boat sales strong in 2021, continued momentum expected in 2022

January 20, 2022

Data reported by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) show that new powerboat retail unit sales are expected to surpass 300,000 units for the second consecutive year, closing 2021 an estimated 4 to 6 percent below record highs in 2020 and 7 percent above the five-year sales average. Amid heightened demand for new boats, boat […]

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MFA Regional Workshop registration open

January 19, 2022

Registration is now open for the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) regional workshop hosted by Charlton’s Marine Canvas in Yorktown, Va., February 10-11, 2022. This is an opportunity for hands-on marine fabrication education in a shop setting. Build your network with like-minded business owners, exhibitors and suppliers, and share business information while you socialize and expand […]

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U.S. Supreme Court blocks OSHA’s vaccine and testing mandate

January 18, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for private employers with 100 or more employees. The Court ruled 6-3 against OSHA’s employer mandate, blocking it from taking effect while other legal challenges play out.

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MFA Regional Workshop registration open

January 13, 2022

Registration is now open for the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) regional workshop hosted by Charlton’s Marine Canvas in Yorktown, Va., February 10-11, 2022. This is an opportunity for hands-on marine fabrication education in a shop setting. Build your network with like-minded business owners, exhibitors and suppliers, and share business information while you socialize and expand […]

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IFAI Board Chair Amy Bircher to participate in online Q and A

January 12, 2022

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will hold an “Ask Me Anything” event with IFAI Board Chair Amy Bircher on Monday, January 31, 2022, from 2pm – 3pm EST in an IFAI CONNECT community Open Forum. This is an opportunity to ask Bircher questions about the future of IFAI as well as challenges currently facing […]

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2020 US Total Boat Registrations Report now available

January 11, 2022

The National Marine Manufacturers Association 2020 U.S. Total Boat Registrations Report is now available for members to download, which features registered and documented boats data by state, region and boat type, as well as estimates of the total recreational boats in use. Key insights include: The number of recreational boats in use increased by 18,022 […]

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US Transportation Department awards more than $241 million in grants to ports

January 7, 2022

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded more than $241 million in discretionary grant funding for 25 projects to improve port facilities in 19 states and one territory through the Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP). The PIDP is in its third year and has already awarded $492 million for 32 projects of […]

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2020 Canadian export and import report now available

January 6, 2022

The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) 2020 Recreational Boat and Marine Engine Exports & Imports report is now available as a part of the 2020 Canadian Boating Statistical Abstract. This section examines recreational boat and marine engine exports and imports from and to Canada from 2011 to 2020. Key insights from the report include: Recreational […]

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MFA Regional Workshop registration open

January 5, 2022

Registration is now open for the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) regional workshop hosted by Charlton’s Marine Canvas in Yorktown, Va., February 10-11, 2022. This is an opportunity for hands-on marine fabrication education in a shop setting. Build your network with like-minded business owners, exhibitors and suppliers, and share business information while you socialize and expand […]

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