ATA IAA Awards submission deadline extended

May 21, 2024

The deadline for submissions to Advanced Textiles Association’s (ATA) revamped 2024 International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition has been extended through May 30. These awards return for the 77th year of recognizing the best projects across the specialty fabrics industry. The industry is constantly changing, and the 2024 IAA program is changing with it. Some categories […]

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Sea Tow Foundation announces 2024 Life Jacket Loaner Program awardees

May 16, 2024

The Sea Tow Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to boating safety, announced its 2024 Life Jacket Loaner Program awardees. With the inclusion of these new groups, the Sea Tow Foundation will officially have Life Jacket Loaner Stations established in all 50 states, reinforcing its dedication to preventing drowning incidents across the nation. Administered through the […]

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Wisconsin governor recognizes boating’s economic impact

May 15, 2024

The annual Wisconsin Governor’s Fishing Opener event was held over the May 10-12 weekend in Northwest Wisconsin in Burnett County on Yellow Lake. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers celebrated the significant economic impact of recreational boating and fishing in the state. “This is an event that transcends politics,” said Gov. Evers in his remarks. “Fishing and […]

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Alaska congresswoman lauded by NMMA

May 14, 2024

U.S. Representative Mary Peltola (D-AK) has been awarded the Legislator of the Year Award by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) for her support of the recreational boating and fishing industry. The award recognizes the congresswoman’s leadership in advocating for policies that support the boating industry, protect marine ecosystems and advance conservation efforts for all […]

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Meijer donates $250,000 to Detroit-based Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center

May 9, 2024

Meijer, a family-operated retailer that operates 500 supercenters, grocery stores, and neighborhood markets throughout the Midwest, announced a $250,000 donation to the Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center (ISAIC), a Detroit-based national nonprofit organization. ISAIC focuses on training the next generation of textile and apparel manufacturing industry talent through a curriculum that combines technical skills, soft […]

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ABYC report shows safety standards reduce boating accidents

May 8, 2024

New research shows that boats certified to American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards are 43% to 47% less likely to be involved in certain types of accidents. Additionally, adherence to these standards reduces the likelihood of fatalities by 26% to 58% in accidents that do occur, demonstrating that ABYC standards not only decrease accident […]

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Become an IAA Award judge

May 7, 2024

Advanced Textiles Association is looking for judges for its 2024 International Achievement Awards program (IAA). Award programs are important for the industry as they add to the historical record by showing not just excellence, but trends and, over time, movements. IAA judges impact this growth by sharing their experience. The benefits of judging include: • […]

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ATA 2024 IAA Awards open for submissions

May 2, 2024

Entries are now being accepted for Advanced Textiles Association’s (ATA) revamped 2024 International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition. These awards return for the 77th year of recognizing the best projects across the specialty fabrics industry. The industry is constantly changing, and the 2024 IAA program is changing with it. Some categories have been removed, added or […]

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NY state has new boating safety regulation

May 1, 2024

New York State is reminding boaters of a new regulation that took effect this year. The regulation, commonly known as “Brianna’s law,” requires a boating safety certification for people born after Jan. 1, 1978. This regulation was named for 11-year-old Brianna Lieneck who was killed in a boating accident in 2005. The law initially went […]

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ABYC announces Outstanding Technician winners

April 30, 2024

The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) has announced the recipients of the 2024 Outstanding Technician Awards. Sponsored by Yamaha, the awards were given to 10 technicians selected from over 130 nominees. This year’s winners are BJ Benson from Viking Marine (WA), Ryan Coffin from Yarmouth Boat Yard (ME), Brian Ehlers from MarineMax Texas MasterCraft […]

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Georgia boat livery liability legislation heads to governor’s desk

April 25, 2024

The Georgia House of Representatives unanimously approved the Senate Substitute for House Bill 994 that addresses liability issues related to boat rentals, leases and charters. Under HB 994, when someone rents, leases, or charters a vessel and operates it negligently, they would be responsible for any resulting injuries or damages. The bill offers protection for […]

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MRAA video series offers marine industry insights

April 24, 2024

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) announces a new video series with prominent marine industry leaders called MRAA Partner Perspectives that shares insights about the business of boating and the recreational boating markets they serve. The Partner Perspectives videos feature candid Q&A-style interviews with boat manufacturers, suppliers and service providers that exhibited at […]

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ATA offers succession planning webinar

April 23, 2024

ATA will offer a webinar that gives an overview of succession planning for business families May 8, 2024, at 1–2 pm ET. The webinar is free for ATA members and is $39 for nonmembers. Webinar attendees will get ideas about the succession planning process and learn techniques for having effective discussions with family members about […]

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ATA hosts free sourcing webinar

April 18, 2024

Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) will host a free webinar for both members and nonmembers on how to use textile industry directories to source products and connect with potential partners on April 24, 2024, from 1–2 pm ET. ATA will demonstrate its new VISTA Online Sourcing Directory, Member Directory and Buyer's Guide and host the Office […]

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Call for 2024 Women Making Waves nominations

April 17, 2024

Boating Industry is now accepting nominations for its 2024 Women Making Waves industry recognition program. The nomination process will close on May 1, 2024. The 2023 Women Making Waves will be featured in the June/July issue as well as honored at the Boating Industry ELEVATE SUMMIT in January 2025, in Charlotte, N.C. Women Making Waves […]

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