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Long-standing Ohio Association Undergoing a Rebrand

The change is happening 67 years into the organization's existence

After 67 years, the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association (LEMTA) is disappearing from the Buckeye State's boating scene, replaced by the newly formed Ohio Marine Trades Association (OMTA).

Official announcement of OMTA was made last week to the state's more than 800 marine-related businesses from the shores of Lake Erie on the north to the Ohio River banks in the south. LEMTA was the state's largest, most prominent marine organization, but it served a membership primarily across the state's northern region.

"This is a strategic move to establish for Ohio’s marine industry, united under one banner, increased leadership and provide greater benefit for all boating interests statewide," said OMTA president Michelle Burke. "Ohio is a big boating state, ranked fifth in the nation with some 660,000 registered boats served by 867 related businesses employing more than 20,000 people. Today, unifying the industry makes powerful business sense from many perspectives."

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