In Case You Missed It - January 16, 2015 News

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Boston Whaler, Major Facilities Expansion with an Exclusive Ribbon-Cutting Event
Boston Whaler, Major Facilities Expansion with an Exclusive Ribbon-Cutting Event
In 2014, Boston Whaler broke ground on a new era in its legendary history, introducing its largest model ever with the sophisticated new 420 Outrage. On Jan. 13, 2015, Whaler celebrated the significant expansion to its facility that makes production of the 420 Outrage possible: the addition of nearly 60,000 square feet ofunder-roof manufacturing space. At an exclusive event held on site in Edgewater, Boston Whaler President Huw Bower led a ribbon-cuttingceremony before a crowd of local and state politicians, executives from parent company Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) including President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Schwabero, esteemed members of the press and the entire Boston Whaler staff. “We’re here to commemorate the expansion that our facility has undergone, but more than that, we’re here to acknowledge all that it symbolizes,” said Bower. “I would like to extend our deepest appreciation for the tremendous work that went into making such growth possible.” “This expansion gives us the capability to continue to grow our portfolio,” Bower continued. “We are proud to have introduced more than a dozen new boats in less than three years’ time, including our remarkable new 420 Outrage, and we look forward to continuing this trajectory of innovation. Expanding our facility underscores our commitment to continued growth and enables us to meet the high demand we have already seen for the 420.” The facilities’ expansion comes as part of a $10 million investment by the company into new products, technologies and capabilities. Additionally, Whaler has created more than 120 jobs in the last 12 months. “We’re committed to the Edgewater community and thrilled to be in a position to create employment opportunities,” said Bower. In a speech reflecting the theme of gratitude, Bower went on to thank the many organizations that contributed to the expansion, including Brunswick, Boston Whaler’s dealer network, the loyal family of Whaler customers worldwide, partners including Mercury, and several key individuals. Project manager Mark Essig, who oversaw the eighteen-month project, was presented with a gift and special acknowledgment. Longtime employees including Danny Ryan, Whaler’s longest employee with over 41 years at the company, were asked to wield the golden scissors in the ribbon-cuttingceremony alongside Bower and Schwabero. “To achieve such a high level of success in the face of a difficult economic climate is a point of pride, yes – but moreover it’s a testament to the fantastic employees who make it possible,” Bower said. “The credit is all yours; you are the finest marine team in the world.” Following the ceremony and opening presentations, guests at the event were treated to tours of the new facility as well as test rides of popular Boston Whaler models. “For nearly 60 years, Boston Whaler has been at the forefront of the boating industry, committed to progress in terms of how we can improve the boating experience,” said Jeff Vaughn, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. “Versatility, reliability and simplicity: these are the core strengths of every Boston Whaler, and these are the areas in which we will continue to push the envelope. The Edgewater facilities’ expansion further demonstrates our dedication to helping our customers enjoy the very best that boating has to offer.”
AFTCO presents Surface Tension Web Video Series
AFTCO presents Surface Tension Web Video Series
AFTCO is proud to announce the release of Surface Tension, a four-part web video series in collaboration with Jason Arnold and Primal Productions. Part 1 will include Biscayne Bonefish, highlights the unique fishery just outside downtown Miami, Florida. AFTCO Pro Captain Alonzo Sotillo of Tidesright Charters breaks down the obsession of the hunt for trophy bonefish. See the video here.
MarineMax Pensacola Team Members Receive Prestigious Award from Grady-White
MarineMax Pensacola Team Members Receive Prestigious Award from Grady-White
MarineMax Pensacola’s Mark Breton and Justin Williams were each awarded Grady-White’s 2015 Product Specialist status after completing the Grady-White Dealer Conference that a focused on Sales and Product Training. The conference was held on December 9 – 11, 2014, in Greenville, North Carolina. The goal of the annual seminar is to improve Grady-White sales representative’s product knowledge and salesmanship by presenting and thoroughly demonstrating the new Grady-White models and the upgraded features of the continuing models. The instruction included the complete line of 27 Grady-White models all on display at the Greenville Convention Center. The inspections included the company’s newly redesigned Express 330, a 33-foot family fish boat with innovative seating, plenty of easy access storage and a spacious forward cabin. “Year after year, Grady-White continues to impress the boating public by introducing inventive new features, large and small, throughout their extensive lineup,” said Mark Breton, MarineMax Pensacola Store Manager. “This level of continuous improvement in both form and function is what makes Grady-White standout as a premium family fishing boat.” Tours of the Grady-White manufacturing facility exposed participants to all aspects of Grady-White Boats superior construction techniques and technologies. In addition, there were breakout sessions and presentations given by leaders of Grady-White’s sales, marketing and engineering teams. “After attending the conference training I feel better equipped to explain the advantages of the Grady-White lineup to potential customers and owners looking to upgrade,” explained Justin Williams, MarineMax Pensacola Sales Consultant. “It is simply amazing the variety and how Grady builds in the high-quality that people have come to expect in models from 18 to 37-feet. I am proud to be a Grady-White Product Specialist and would love to share my knowledge with anyone.” Grady-White designs, engineers and manufactures center console models, dual console models, express cabin models, walk-around cuddy cabin models and coastal explorer models.
IGFA’s 31st Annual International Auction & Banquet
IGFA’s 31st Annual International Auction & Banquet
When it comes to fishing, bigger is better and as the keeper of world records for the sport of fishing the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) knows big fish. Bigger is better can also be said for the IGFA's 31st Annual International Auction & Banquet. After hosting the event for three successful years at their headquarters, the event is moving from the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum in Dania Beach to the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale and will take place at 6pm on January 30, 2015. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online by clicking here, or by phone 1-954-927-2628. Are you ready to start 2015 off with a great adventure? If so, you will want to jump in the action of the online auction. To preview the items and place your bids click here, and remember – every bid supports the IGFA and a thriving future for recreational angling! Here are just a few of the great trips available: