Suppliers/Aftermarket

Rochford Supply appoints Ken Horton OEM market development manager

Minnesota-based Rochford Supply announce that industry veteran Ken Horton has been appointed to the organization’s leadership team in the role of OEM Market Development Manager. He will lead Rochford Supply’s efforts to support OEM boat builders with fabric, upholstery, foam and supplies needed to reduce supply chain interruptions and accelerate their production of boats. “Ken joins Rochford Supply with decades of experience, ...

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Outer Armor opens new facility

Commercial Sewing, the manufacturer of Outer Armor boat covers, bimini tops and accessories for the marine industry announced the opening of its new facility in Mexico. The new 75,000 square-foot facility adds 50-percent capacity to Commercial Sewing's network of plants and partners across the U.S. and Canada. The plant will also double capacity for PWC and boat cover production and allow ...

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Navico hires new territory managers

Navico, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP brands, announced the hiring of Jeff Marquard and Joe Pechie as territory managers in the Americas. “Jeff and Joe will be great assets to our team, and we are thrilled to welcome them aboard,” said Sean Hatherley, senior vice president of sales for the Americas at Navico.  “They both bring extensive experience ...

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Seakeeper purchases new facility to support growth

Seakeeper, has purchased a new, larger facility in Leesport, Pennsylvania to support its rapid growth. The 25.4-acre property will house Seakeeper’s core manufacturing and engineering operations and has a 249,504 square-foot facility already on site. The purchase comes after a search for the right facility that would allow the company to retain its current workforce of more than 150 of ...

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Patrick Industries completes Wet Sounds acquisition

Patrick Industries

Patrick Industries, Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Rosenburg, Texas-based Wet Sounds, Inc. ("Wet Sounds"), a leading designer, fabricator, engineer, and distributor of innovative audio systems and accessories, including amplifiers, tower speakers, soundbars, and subwoofers. Wet Sounds sells audio products and accessories direct to OEMs and consumers, and to dealers and retailers, primarily within the marine industry, ...

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Varna Sales opens for business

Varna Sales, an international network of sales and distribution specialists, is now open for business in New Jersey.  After 20 years of developing business strategies for some of the marine and RV industries’ biggest companies, Dan Soeters has launched Varna Sales. Most recently a Global Sales Director at Garmin, Soeters has worked in the marine and RV markets from Europe and ...

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Electric Fuel to launch new 48V marine lithium-ion battery at METSTRADE

Electric Fuel will launch its new 48V lithium-ion battery at the METSTRADE 2021 show, which will take place in Amsterdam. The company will present the new 48V battery alongside its 12V Li-Ion LFP and 24V Li-Ion NCA marine batteries as well as its high quality operationally proven line of water-activated LED lifejacket lights.   Electric Fuel’s marine grade smart batteries offer ...

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DockWorks announces pilot of its all-in-one operations platform

The digital solutions company DockWorks announced the launch of an early access pilot program offering their easy-to-use platform to marine service businesses and professionals. The digital platform allows marine professionals to manage payments easily, simplify scheduling and dispatching, as well as provides technicians with the accurate and reliable data they need to service marine equipment in the field. “This product ...

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Sudbury buys majority share of Albin and also acquires Questus

Sudbury Boat Care Products, maker of marine and RV cleaning, maintenance and restoration products, has purchased the majority share of Albin Group Marine and wholly acquired Questus Marine. Albin Group Marine, the U.S. operation of a Swedish manufacturer, offers an extensive line of marine pumping, heating and sanitation solutions for OEM and aftermarket. It has US-based warehousing and offices, and ...

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Sales rep agency S.M. Osgood acquires Kroes Corporation

Bloomington, Minnesota-based S.M. Osgood Company, has acquired Kroes Corporation, of Muskegon, Michigan. Both companies are independent sales representation agencies. S.M. Osgood is focused on marine, RV, and sporting goods, while the Kroes Corporation has primarily focused on the Marine OEM Industry in the Great Lakes region. Kevin Hannula a 21-year veteran and partner at Kroes Corporation came with the company’s ...

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