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Will boat show award mean more sales for Sea Ray?

Knoxville-based Sea Ray Boats got a bit of good news from New York recently. The maker of pleasure craft won the Best Boat Display award at the 2012 Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show last weekend.022509searay1.jpg.jpg

“This award is a testament to Sea Ray’s efforts to bring to life the best sales atmosphere and owner experience possible,” Rob Noyes, vice president of marketing for Sea Ray, said in a news release.

Usually I would now say something snarky about industry awards, but the Great Recession was hard on Sea Ray so I will refrain. I hope, however, that the boat show effort translates into increased sales and a better future for the company’s Knoxville area manufacturing plants.

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First Hydra-Sports boats made by MasterCraft

MasterCraft Boat Co. in Vonore recently marked a milestone with production of the first Hydra-Sports Boat Co. boats built under MasterCraft ownership. Mastercraft bought Hydra-Sports, a maker of high-performance saltwater boats, in January.

The first Hydra-Sports 2011 models were completed earlier this month.

Boat making in the Knoxville region has taken its lumps in recent years as recession-battered consumers cut discretionary spending. Hundreds of manufacturing jobs in the region have been lost, mostly at Sea Ray, a divison of Brunswick Corp.

It’s good to see MasterCraft getting stronger.

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