Fishing Industry News: Pitman Creek Wholesale Expands; Canadian Ice Fishing Expo Canceled

In the latest fishing industry news, Pitman Creek Wholesale expands its footprint and IBEX announces its annual Innovation Award winners.

Fishing Industry News: Pitman Creek Wholesale Expands; Canadian Ice Fishing Expo Canceled

In the latest fishing industry news ...

Pitman Creek Wholesale will expand to the Lincoln County Industrial Park in Stanford, Kentucky, into a 205,000-square-foot warehouse with an additional 200,000 pad for future expansion.

“This expansion brings Pitman Creek full circle. We started with rented space in Stanford in 1993,” said Pitman Creek President/CEO James Coffey.“We are committed to investing in our people, facilities and technology to provide the best customer service in our industry. The footprint of this facility will be one of; if not the largest, distributor facility dedicated to fishing in the US. We will be fully functional in this new warehouse by Fall 2021.”

The distribution center will increase Pitman Creek's capacity for its growing business.

“The new facility will allow Pitman Creek to consolidate our current four locations under one roof while incorporating automations that will improve capacity, speed and accuracy,” Director of Operations Doug McMurry,says. “It's critical to move forward in a competitive marketplace.”

Don and Marella Stephens started Pitman Creek Wholesale in Somerset, Kentucky, in 1978 near the Lake Cumberland tributary where the company gets its name. Initially the company was a custom lure manufacturer and evolved into a full line tackle distributor. James S. Coffey purchased the company in 1993 and moved the company to Stanford. At that time,the company primarily focused on central Kentucky tackle shops and marinas. Pitman Creek, now located in Danville, Kentucky (with satellite warehouses in Danville and Stanford) supplies fishing tackle to retailers located in 49 states and internationally.

Canadian Ice Fishing Expo Canceled

The 2020 Canadian Ice Fishing Expo scheduled for Dec. 14-15 at Georgian College’s Barrie Campus has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The expo showcases the latest fishing gear from exhibitors and includes seminars from industry professionals. Speakers at last year’s third annual event included Jim McLaughlin, Yvonne Brown, JP Bushey, Dave Chong, and Gord Pyzer.

Organizers had hoped stringent safety precautions would allow the 2020 event to continue, but decided postponement is the right move. Organizers are making plans now for 2021.

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IBEX Announces Innovation Awards

The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), held virtually Sept. 29 – Oct. 2 - announced its 2020 IBEX Innovation Awards winners.

Managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI), the awards were presented Sept. 29 at the opening session. Five BWI judges with various technical backgrounds in boating selected the new product winners submitted by marine trade companies.

Other awards and presentations were made during the opening events. Kris Carroll, president of Grady-White Boats, became the first female inductee into the 2020 NMMA Hall of Fame. George Bellwoar, vice president of sales and marketing of Perko Inc. was presented with the 2020 Mel Barr Award.

Thirty-two entries were submitted in seven categories. The catetory winners:

Boat Care and Maintenance: Sea-Dog Line, Hose Klip

Deck Equipment and Hardware: Rupp Marine, Boltless Rod Holde

Electrical Systems: Yamaha Motor Corporation, Yamaha Marine Phase Angle Control Charging System

Honorable Mention: Mechanical Products, Series 53 Battery Disconnect Circuit Breaker

Mechanical Systems: Attwood, Sahara Mk2 Automatic Bilge Pump Range

OEM Electronics: Veratron, LinkUp

Outboard Engines: Yamaha Motor Corporation, Helm Master EX Joystick for Single Engine Application

Propulsion Parts, Propellers: Dometic, Cable Power Assist

"We are very pleased with the results from our first virtual Innovation Awards," said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “Every company who entered, participated in a virtual demo of their product, where the judges were allowed to ask questions to truly understand the product as if they were at the show. Each year, entrants continue to push the boundaries of technology and creativity, not only making deliberation for the judges difficult, but in doing so, propelling the future of boating to the next level.”


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