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Carling Technologies Consolidates Maretron

Carling Technologies Consolidates Maretron

11-Apr-2019

Carling Technologies, a manufacturer of switching, control and circuit protection products, announced it has consolidated the Maretron brand into the Carling Technologies portfolio of marine electronics products. “By drawing upon Carling’s 99 years of design and manufacturing exper...
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Flexiteek Acquires Wilks

Flexiteek Acquires Wilks

13-Mar-2019

Synthetic teak decking manufacturer Flexiteek has acquired Wilks, supplier of Dek-King synthetic teak decking and marine fendering. “The acquisition of Wilks will provide a high-quality manufacturing base with research and development facilities,” says Tomas Gustafsson, CEO of Flex...
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Polaris Buys Larson Marine

Polaris Buys Larson Marine

08-Mar-2019

In yet another acquisition for Polaris, it has purchased Larson Boat Group, which includes recreational and sport boat brands of Marquis-Larson Boat Group of Pulaski, Wisconsin. In 2018, Polaris also purchased Boat Holdings LLC, producer of Bennington, Godfrey, Hurricane and Rinker boats. Lars...
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Mercury Marine Awarded Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year

Mercury Marine Awarded Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year

01-Mar-2019

Mercury Marine took home the namesake prize for the third time at the annual Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Awards on February 20. The Brunswick Corporation’s largest subsect also won the award in 2006 and 2014, and hit over $3 billion in sales in 2018. The award is given to &ldquo...
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West Marine Names Ken Seipel CEO

West Marine Names Ken Seipel CEO

22-Feb-2019

West Marine has hired retail executive Ken Seipel as CEO. Seipel is an experienced leader with a strong track record helping grow privately held retail companies, as well as Fortune 500 brands. He was most recently CEO of Gabe’s, and prior to that held executive positions with a wide range of ...
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ValvTect Partners with Better Diesel FBC

ValvTect Partners with Better Diesel FBC

11-Feb-2019

ValvTect Petroleum Products will team up with Better Diesel FBC, Inc. — manufacturer of a proprietary diesel fuel combustion improver and fuel injector cleaner additive — to distribute Better Diesel FBC (Fuel Borne Catalyst) and work on new product development. “ValvTect has t...
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Beneteau Adds Hutchinson’s Boat Works to Dealer Network

Beneteau Adds Hutchinson’s Boat Works to Dealer Network

08-Feb-2019

Hutchinson’s Boat Works, Inc. (HBW) is now the exclusive Beneteau powerboats dealer in upstate New York. They will offer the different Beneteau ranges, including Gran Turismo, Monte Carlo, Swift Trawler and Antares. HBW, which was founded in 1908, is a third-generation business and one of...
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Catalina Yachts Acquires True North

Catalina Yachts Acquires True North

31-Jan-2019

Sailboat manufacturer Catalina Yachts is the new owner of True North Yachts. The company has built Downeast-style powerboats for 30 years and is known for infusion technology with lighter and stronger hulls. The True North 34, True North 34 Outboard Express and True North 38 will now be built in...
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Lippert Components Buys Smoker Craft’s Marine Furniture Operation

Lippert Components Buys Smoker Craft’s Marine Furniture Operation

08-Dec-2018

In a long-term agreement, Smoker Craft has sold its marine furniture manufacturing operation to Lippert Components. The outsourcing means Lippert will sell upholstery and seating products to Smoker Craft so the latter company can focus on building boats. “This is an exciting day for Sm...
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Maritimo Adds B & E Marine to Dealer Network

Maritimo Adds B & E Marine to Dealer Network

04-Dec-2018

Australian luxury motoryacht manufacturer Maritimo has expanded its U.S. reach with the appointment of Michigan City, Indiana-based B & E Marine as a dealer partner. Co-Founder Ronald Bensz started the company in 1953 with his friend Rolland Evett. A few years later he became sole owner and...
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