For the first time ever, the federal government has formally acknowledged the tremendous economic contribution of recreation boating and fishing.
In early February, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) recognized the outdoor recreation industry as a significant economic contributor to the US Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Its report found that boating and fishing contributed $38.2 billion to the US economy in 2016.
Smoker Craft Inc., manufacturer of Starcraft, Starweld and Smoker Craft fishing boats, Starcraft Sylvan andf Sunchaser pontoons as well as Starcraft fiberglass runabouts and surf boats, is proud to announce that it has been recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) by winning 2018 CSI Awards for pontoons, fiberglass deckboats, and aluminum outboard fishing boats. The award is given to manufactures that score above 90% from thou
Lew's Holdings Corporation, manufacturers of the Lew's brand of rods and reels, has acquired Strike King Lure Company, a leading supplier of branded fishing lures, sunglasses, and other fishing accessories.
Smoker Craft Inc. hosted representatives from more than 250 different boat dealerships worldwide at its the 2018 dealer meeting, held earlier this month at the plant in New Paris, Indiana. Attending dealers and dealer prospects were treated to an in-depth look at the 2018 lineup for the company’s Smoker Craft, Starcraft, Sylvan and SunChaser brands, with 159 boats on display and a further 18 in the water at nearby Lake Wawasee.