Boating Industry

October 2016

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INDUSTRY NEWS October 2016 | Boating Industry | 11 in 2016 including the 131 Yacht, 95 Yacht, Manhattan 52, 116 Yacht and Predator 68 MK II, resulting in over £220 million (ap- proximately $296 million U.S.) of orders at retail value through August. These multiple model launches are set to continue as part of a long-term product plan that will see new model introductions across the size range over the next five years, the company said. Dexter acquires Rockwell American Dexter/DexKo Global Inc. has acquired Rockwell American, based in Azle, Texas, from American Industrial Partners. Rockwell has been a supplier of trailer axles, leaf springs, fenders and other trailer components serving multiple market seg- ments across North America for over 35 years. Rockwell has five manufacturing loca- tions and operates 16 distribution branches across the United States. Rockwell American will operate as a division of Dexter. "We are extremely excited about the opportunity to bring the Rockwell Ameri- can business under the Dexter DexKo um- brella," said Fred Bentley, CEO of DexKo Global. "The acquisition of Rockwell complements and will be part of our Dex- ter business allowing DexKo to continue to accelerate our growth with great new people, products and segments. We con- tinue to add strong brands to our portfolio and offer more quality products to our cus- tomers. Combining this with Dexter's an- nouncement extending our already industry leading warranty, shows our commitment to real quality and engineering solutions for our customers. It really is an exciting time to be part of the DexKo organization." Iconic Marine Group relaunching several boat brands Iconic Marine Group, formerly Custom Marine Group, has announced plans to re- structure several boat brands, including Baja Marine, Donzi, Donzi Classic, Fountain Pow- erboats and Pro-Line. Joe Curran, former managing partner at Crest Marine, has been named COO of IMG, based in the Washington, N.C., facil- ity. Curran was part of the team that re- launched the Crest pontoon brand in 2010. He left the company in 2014. Curran has worked for a number of other brands dur- ing a 30-year career, including Brunswick, Wellcraft and Chris-Craft. "I'm excited to join the team at IMG," Curran said. "The brands are, without a doubt, the most recognized in the indus- try and we plan to put a solid foundation under each one and build them into suc- cessful businesses once again. The team at our Washington, N.C., facility is our most valuable asset and we plan to ex- pand on that talent in order to execute our plan successfully." The brands have been through a number Boating Industry Continued on page 12

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