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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Brunswick Boat Group News

New York Gala Introduces Meridian Yachts

With the New York City harbor as a backdrop, on August 8 the public got a sneak preview of the new Meridian line, which will be introduced during the 2003 model year. William J. Barrington, president of Meridian Yachts, served as master of ceremonies at the event, which was held at Chelsea Piers. Joining Barrington for the unveiling and ribbon cutting were George W. Buckley, chairman and chief executive officer of Brunswick Corporation, and Dustan E. McCoy, president of the Brunswick Boat Group. Meridian thus joins the ranks of other leading Brunswick Boat Group yacht brands, including Sea Ray, Hatteras and Sealine. The Brunswick Boat Group is a unit of Brunswick Corporation. The product lineup will include seven models ranging from 34 to 58 ft.

Brunswick Names Seeley as VP of Corporate Accounts and Distribution

Brunswick Corporation announced that William Seeley has been named vice president-corporate accounts and distribution, reporting to George W. Buckley, Brunswick’s chairman and chief executive officer. In this newly created position, Seeley will focus on building closer relationships with key partners and marketers globally, seeking ways that Brunswick can utilize its unique strengths to add mutual value through new products or services, joint ventures or other operating relationships. Seeley will also be available to the Brunswick Boat Group and Mercury Marine to help drive cross-channel, intercompany distribution of Brunswick products.

Brunswick RHIB on Display in Miami

Photo: Brunswick

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP), the commercial arm of Brunswick Boat Group, displayed a vessel from the company’s IMPACT line of Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show. The 12-meter 1200 IMPACT features quad 300hp Mercury Verado outboard engines in addition to many features that have been designed with special missions in mind. “The new, wide-beam IMPACT features a 12-foot beam allowing for inboard or outboard engine configurations as well as an integrated aluminum T-top and console outfitted with two rows of shock mitigating seating…

Brunswick - Organizational Changes

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) announced several organizational changes outside of the United States to its Hatteras Collection, makers of several brands of yachts and sportfishing boats. Effective immediately, William Naumann, who retired from Hatteras in 2006, will become chairman of the Hatteras Collection where he will lead efforts to strengthen relations with dealers, customers, and suppliers. In addition, he will also be responsible for government and public affairs. James Meyer, formerly vice president -- product development, supply chain and business integration for the Brunswick Boat Group, will become president -- Hatteras Collection, replacing Keri Theophilus. Both Meyer and Naumann will report to Dustan E. McCoy, Brunswick's chairman and chief executive officer.

Navico to Buy BNT Marine Electronics

Navico International Ltd. agreed to acquire the marine electronics business of Brunswick New Technologies (BNT), a unit of Brunswick Corporation . Subject to regulatory approvals, this transaction, which is expected to close during March 2007, will create the world's largest supplier of marine electronics for recreational boats. Included in the agreement are the three brands MX Marine, Navman marine and Northstar. The combined businesses had revenues of USD 50 million in 2006 with primary operating facilities in New Zealand, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. MX Marine has a 30-year heritage in providing high precision navigation systems for commercial and government vessels.

Brunswick and Transamerica Form Financial Services Joint Venture

Brunswick Corporation and Transamerica Distribution Finance announced the formation of Brunswick Acceptance Company, LLC (BAC), a joint venture between Brunswick and Transamerica. BAC will offer wholesale financing to the domestic Brunswick Boat Group and Mercury Marine dealer networks. “Over the past 10 years, many financial institutions have gotten into, and out of, marine lending. Our goal is to provide stability and to assure a source of floor plan financing for our dealers over the long term," said Brunswick Chairman and Chief Executive Officer George W. Buckley. "We're extremely pleased to partner with Brunswick in the formation of this new venture and to provide the products and services that we will jointly bring to market," said Steven J.

Boston Whaler Forms Commercial, Government Product Group

The Brunswick Boat Group has formed Boston Whaler Commercial and Government Products to better focus on these important market segments. Fred Kiekhaefer has been named president of this new operating unit. Kiekhaefer also remains president of the Mercury Racing division. Boston Whaler Commercial and Government Products also will be working closely with Mercury Marine, Mercury Racing, and Valiant rigid hull inflatables to ensure seamless boat and engine package integration. Mercury, Mercury Racing and Valiant all remain independent units of Brunswick Corporation. "When commercial operators and government agencies identify their unique operational needs…

Boston Whaler Opens New Facility

A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony were held at the new Boston Whaler Commercial and Government Products manufacturing facility in Edgewater, Fla. The newly constructed facility encompasses 46,000 square feet under roof, on 6.3 square acres of land. The state-of-the-art facility is used to build unsinkable fiberglass boats specifically for commercial applications, including law enforcement, fire/rescue and military/combat craft and homeland security. Boston Whaler Commercial and Government Products builds boats used by virtually every branch of the United States armed forces and by law enforcement and rescue organizations around the world. Opening remarks were made by Steve Dennis, executive director of the Southeast Volusia Chamber of Commerce.

Georgia Ports' Box Volume Jumps 14%

Rubber tired gantry cranes handle cargo at the Chatham Intermodal Container Transfer Facility at the Port of Savannah. The Georgia Ports Authority's Mason Mega Rail project will double rail lift capacity to 1 million contai

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved 14 percent growth in March container volumes, moving 355,208 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit containers. For the fiscal year to date (July-March), TEU container trade grew by 9 percent, or 255,786 additional units for a total of 3.08 million, a new record for Savannah. "Savannah's continued strength is a reflection of our customers' commitment, Georgia's leadership, and the many dedicated service providers, GPA employees and ILA members who come together every day to achieve great things," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

Fishing Vessel Repowered after Big Hours

The Kara-Matt with her new engine installed and all buttoned up (Photo courtesy of Deon Strickland/Cummins)

After 60,000 hours of service, crab fisherman Robert Ross decided that his 19-liter Cummins 1150M had earned a rest. The 500 HP engine had been a perfect match for his 72- by 26-foot aluminum boat so he ordered up a new Cummins KTA19-M3 at 500 HP, continuous duty, from his local supplier Cummins Sales and Service in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in eastern Canada. Ross had his well-maintained 39-year-old boat, the Kara-Matt, hauled out at a shipyard and Dugas Equipment Ltd. of Caraquet, New Brunswick took on the repower.

Brunswick Reports Q1 Results

--  Total net sales of $844.4 million, up 15 percent versus 2009. --  A net loss of $13.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, which includes $0.08 per diluted share of restructuring and impairment charges and $0.02 per diluted share of benefits from special tax items. --  Operating earnings of $10.1 million, a $137.6 million improvement from prior year. --  Cash totaled $552.4 million, up from 2009 year-end balance of $526.6 million. --  Low beginning-of-year marine dealer inventories led to increased production and wholesale shipments. "The successful execution of our strategic initiatives over the past several quarters was a key factor in our improved first quarter results," said Brunswick's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dustan E. McCoy.

Brunswick Sells Fishing Holdings to Triton Boats

Fishing Holdings, LLC, a manufacturer and marketer of fiberglass fishing boats owned by an affiliate of Platinum Equity, announced its acquisition of Triton Boats from Brunswick Corporation. Terms of the transaction are not disclosed. Triton founder Earl Bentz will join Fishing Holdings and resume his role at the helm of Triton Boats. Additionally, several key members of Triton's executive management and sales representative group will remain on board the Triton team and will continue to lead the brand from their Tennessee office. Triton fiberglass boats will be built in Flippin, Ark., where production will begin in fall of 2010. Brunswick will continue to manufacture Triton aluminum boats under a license agreement.  

Brunswick: Ramping up Quality for the Long Haul

“This boat’s configuration is unique in the fact that it’s been set up to handle multi-mission capabilities, from fire suppression, to search and rescue as well as EMS work,” said. “We recently delivered the boat and I know it will serve the community of Port Jefferson well for many years to come.” – BCGP Sales Manager, Dana White

As Brunswick Commercial & Government Products expands its capabilities and product line, the Florida-based boatbuilder is positioned to safely provide increased efficiencies, and an expanded, multi-mission product line. When Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) broke ground on a facility expansion at the company’s Florida headquarters in early May, it served notice that this well-known boatbuilder had ramped up both its delivery capabilities, and an expanded array of new hulls.

Brunswick Buys North Carolina Boat Plant

Brunswick Corporation will expand its manufacturing presence in North Carolina with the purchase of a boat manufacturing facility in Navassa, N.C., near Wilmington, from KCS International, Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Navassa site will offer Brunswick additional and needed capacity to build larger boats -- a growing market segment -- as well as the ability to manufacture several brands of cruisers at the facility, increasing production flexibility, productivity and efficiency. In a related action, Brunswick will close its Salisbury, Md., plant and transfer cruiser production to the new North Carolina facility.

Brunswick, Zodiac Drop Suit

reached last week by the two companies. Inflatables Ltd. on a Zodiac patent and AVON's trade dress. The suit, filed in the U.S. Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation, introduced the Amanzi model. boat is appropriate for sale by Brunswick. lawsuit. Mercury Marine. Zodiac President and Chief Executive Officer J. happy to have the issue resolved. rights across the globe.

Brunswick Mothballs Knoxville Boat Plant

Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) announced on Jan. 6 that it will mothball its Riverview boat manufacturing facility near Knoxville, Tenn., and take additional actions aimed at reducing its work force, production and expenses. One of three manufacturing facilities in the Knoxville area, Riverview makes Sea Ray boats and will wind down production during the first quarter of the year. To better utilize Brunswick's overall boat making capacity, production at Riverview will be moved to nearby plants in Knoxville and Vonore, Tenn., which will remain in operation. In addition, production of certain models will be transferred to Brunswick's Palm Coast manufacturing facility in Florida, and a Brunswick plant in Reynosa, Mexico.

BCGP Appoints Bon Fleur as General Manager

Erik Bon Fleur  (Photo: BCGP)

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) has announced Erik Bon Fleur as its new general manager. In this role, Bon Fleur will be responsible for day-to-day operations and business activities, reporting to Boston Whaler Group President, Nick Stickler. Prior to joining the BCGP team, Bon Fleur served in various other roles inside BCGP’s parent company, Brunswick Corporation, including continuous improvement manager for Boston Whaler, and most recently director of operations for Thunder Jet, an aluminum boat builder in Washington state.

Zodiac Files Suit Against Brunswick

Zodiac of North America, Inc., Zodiac International, S.A. and its AVON Inflatables Ltd. subsidiary filed a lawsuit against Brunsweick Corporation, charging that Brunswick infringed a Zodiac patent creating the Amanzi 380 Deluxe rigid hull inflatable boat (RIB), recently introduced by Brunswick’s Mercury Marine Division. Zodiac is claiming that Brunswick intentionally copied the patented technology of a Zodiac RIB design as well as features of the AVON Seasport De Luxe series. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, located in Baltimore.

Brunswick Closing MD Plant

On Nov. 13, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE:BC) announced that it will transfer production of Trophy offshore fishing boats made at its plant in Cumberland, Md., to another Brunswick facility in Ashland City, Tenn. The shift will precipitate ceasing production at the Cumberland manufacturing facility by the end of 2008, eliminating approximately 115 production and support positions. "As we deal with the global economic downturn and its impact on recreational marine markets, we are continuing to shrink our North American manufacturing footprint," Dustan E. McCoy, Brunswick chairman and chief executive officer, said. "This decision is no reflection upon the Cumberland work force or product, but the result of our need to develop a more efficient manufacturing footprint.

Brunswick Reports Q2 2010 Results

--  Total net sales of $1,014.7 million, up 41 percent versus 2009. --  Net earnings of $13.7 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, which includes $0.26 per diluted share of restructuring, exit and impairment charges and $0.02 per diluted share of expense from special tax items. --  Operating earnings of $55.7 million, a $201.1 million improvement from prior year. --  Cash totaled $619.6 million, up from 2009 year-end balance of $526.6 million. --  Increased production and wholesale shipments resulted from low beginning-of-year marine dealer inventories. "The continued successful execution of our strategic initiatives over the past several quarters was a key factor in our improved second quarter results," said Brunswick's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dustan E. McCoy.

USNS Mercy Arrives in Malaysia

Photo: United States Navy

U.S. and partner nation personnel participating in Pacific Partnership 2018 aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), arrived in Port Kelang, Malaysia, April 16. The Pacific Partnership mission in Malaysia will feature medical exchanges, civil engineering projects, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) preparedness seminars, and community outreach engagements in the greater Kuala Lumpur area. The secondary mission platform for Pacific Partnership, the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick (T-EPF 6) will arrive in Tawau…

MN 100: Brunswick Commercial and Government Products

420 Megan Z. Brunswick Commercial and Government Products (BCGP) has been building the toughest boats for the toughest jobs since the 1960’s. Known then as Boston Whaler Commercial and Government Products, the company has continued to grow and expand. Its boats, like its customers, have earned their stripes in countless rescue, combat missions, and life-threatening circumstances. A subsidiary of the Brunswick Corporation, BCGP offers three platforms, from the unsinkable commercial…

Brunswick’s All New 1100 IMPACT D-Collar

At a trade event held in Baltimore, MD, Brunswick unveiled its most exciting hull to date. First on board to test drive the new vessel was Marine News Editor Joe Keefe. An exhilarating 35 minute cruise revealed all of the exciting features the new vessel had to offer – whether barreling ahead at 63 KT in open waters or smartly backing down at the berth with the help of Brunswick’s JPO joy stick controls. Taken from the new wide body 11 meter RHIB design, the boat has an all-new top skin with two options: the full tube IMPACT, and the D Collar style (as equipped at the show).

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