marine industry has changed dramatically since the consolidation of boat
building by power providers began in 1986. Since that time, conglomerates
with direct or indirect ties to marine power production have secured control
of more than fifty percent of the total domestic recreational boat-building
has resulted in a challenging position for the remaining independent builders.
It would be similar to Chrysler having to buy engines and transmissions
from Ford and Chevy. As this consolidation and the resulting "have"
and "have not" disparity continues through acquisition and attrition,
both the individual and collective industry strength of the remaining
independent builders is diminished. UMMA believes that slowing and/or
reversing this trend is vital to the continued viability of the independent
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