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Marine Center of Indiana Named to 2017 Boating Industry Top 100 List

December 17, 2017

Minneapolis, Minn.Marine Center of Indiana has been named one of the Top 100 dealers in North America by Boating Industry, the leading trade publication for the marine industry.

“From the thousands of boat dealers in North America these 100 dealers are the best of the best,” said Jonathan Sweet, director of the Boating Industry Top 100 Program. “The Top 100 is about more than revenue. While the financial success of the companies on the list is important, we’re also looking at factors including overall business acumen, marketing strategies, service department efficiency and profitability, customer service and dedication to the industry. These Top 100 dealers stand out for their best practices in all areas of their businesses.

“We are so happy to be named a Top 100 dealer for the 12th year in a row! We couldn’t have made this happen without our dedicated staff and our loyal customers. We look forward to serving all of you in 2018.” – Mike Hoffman, Owner and President of Marine Center of Indiana

The Top 100 is the only independent ranking of boat dealers in North America. The list recognizes dealerships that are unsurpassed in business operations, professionalism, marketing tactics, customer service and more. The Boating Industry Top 100 has recognized the top dealers in North America every year since 2005.

“This year’s Top 100 is stronger than we’ve ever seen in the history of the program,” Sweet said. Total revenue for the 2017 Top 100 dealers and Hall of Fame topping $3 billion for the first time – up more than $400 million from the 2016 list.


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Marine Center of Indiana Joins Big Time Sports and Goes Solar!

August 31, 2017

Indianapolis, IN Since 2007 at Wembley Stadium in London, major stadiums around the world are working to reduce electricity use and their carbon footprints. From AT&T Park in San Francisco, to Emirates Stadium in London, the Staples Center in L.A., Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, and Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Boating is a sport and recreation activity. The boating industry has been talking about conservation, while Marine Center of Indiana is doing it.

It all started with three oil drums. They have been recycling paper, aluminum, and plastic but have now joined the big leagues when it comes to sustainable energy.

Indianapolis, IN, August 31, 2017– Marine Center of Indiana (MCI) has completed the installation of over 110,000 square feet rooftop solar panels, which will cut down carbon emissions by 15,938 metric tons over the next twenty-five years.

“The completion of this project is a great leap forward not only for my building and the environment, but the city of Beech Grove, and the state of Indiana as well. It’s great to see a project come to fruition that has so many benefits for our community.” – Mike Hoffman, Owner and President of Marine Center of Indiana

After repurposing three oil drums for an extensive recycling program, MCI took a step back and evaluated their carbon footprint. For years they have been working on increasing their energy efficiency and have since implemented energy efficient heating, cooling, and lighting systems. The lighting system alone has reduced costs by over $3,000 per month.

Solar panels were the obvious next step.

Let’s look at the facts. This year alone, they will have the impact of taking:

  • 143 cars off the roads
  • Producing enough energy to service 100 homes
  • Save 1,571 barrels of oil
  • And avoid putting 679 metric tons of CO₂ into the atmosphere

To put the size of their project into prospective, the Red Sox this year will save 19.84 metric tons of CO₂ emissions. Fenway and the Staples Center will eliminate 9.09 metric tons this year.

Over the next twenty-five years, the addition of these panels is equivalent to taking:

  • 3,146 cars off the road
  • Produce enough energy to service 2,250 homes
  • Save 35,347 barrels of oil
  • And reduce their carbon footprint by 15,938 metric tons of CO₂ emissions

MCI hopes to set itself apart from the rest of the marine industry regarding forward thinking, long term innovations, and the embracement of sustainable energy. This has been a four-year project from start to finish and they will go live producing electricity in September. MCI partnered with Solscient Energy, based out of Toledo, OH and Indianapolis Power and Light Company (IPL) for the completion of this solar panel project.

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