Brooks Marine Group (BMG), with offices in Wilmington, North Carolina and Ft Lauderdale, Florida, said it will be opening a new office in Newport, Rhode Island on May 24. The office will be located inside the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS).

“We’re noting a significant uptick in industry hiring,” said Neal Harrell, BMG’s principal, in a statement. “With companies gearing up for recovery in 2010 and beyond, it’s important to us that BMG be represented in critical marine markets. Newport is central to boating in New England and our presence at IYRS seems natural as their trades’ curriculum provides excellent training grounds for the future workforce in our industry.”

BMG has focused for 10 years on recruiting mid-level managers and executive-level staff for OEM boatbuilders, shipyards, service and refit facilities, marinas, boat dealerships and marine industry suppliers. The firm also owns CareerBoat (, an online job board for employment opportunities in the marine industry.