Charleston, S.C. – The Independent Boat Builders, Inc. (IBBI) has extended their business relationship with Hagemeyer North America (Hagemeyer) in a multiyear commitment to be their preferred supplier of maintenance repair and operations products across the industrial, safety and electrical product segments.
Independent Boat Builders, Inc. is a marine buying group and currently has 21 members located in the United States and Canada.
“The close partnerships that Hagemeyer has formed with their world-class manufacturers benefit our members through lower costs, higher quality, better availability and outstanding service,” said Tom Broy, president of IBBI. “The IBBI and our members are confident that Hagemeyer can provide the cost savings and outstanding service that we need to keep our plants running. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”
For over 25 years, Hagemeyer has worked with IBBI’s internal marine specialists as well as its supplier base to create value added programs designed to provide reliable products to IBBI’s OEM boat builder and repair customers and partners, as well as other consumer segments of the marine industry. Additionally, Hagemeyer offers services such as vendor-managed inventory, on-site inventory management programs and vending to assist IBBI members with their materials solutions requirements.
“Hagemeyer is proud to continue our partnership with the IBBI and their members in an effort to continue to drive cost out of the MRO supply chain,” said Ty Ellis, Hagemeyer’s vice president of business development. “Our goal is to reduce the finished goods cost for each unit built by our IBBI partners through the selection of superior products supported by our team of marine technical specialists.”
“The renewed partnership with the IBBI reinforces our Focus Industry commitment to our Marine business through the deployment of both program specific inventory and solutions to the customer base,” said Will Lutz, Hagemeyer’s senior vice president of national accounts.