Superior, Wis.based patrol, fire and rescue craft builder Lake Assault Boats has opened a 14,800 sq. ft. repair, service and maintenance facility in Portsmouth, Va. Marine industry veteran, Smokey Glover, along with his team of five highly regarded and experienced technicians (all formerly with Willard Marine) will lead and support the operation.
The full-service operation will focus on repair, overhaul and maintenance services. The team can be dispatched on an as-needed basis to locations anywhere around the globe.
“We are beyond excited to add a large and well-equipped hub facility, led by a team with nearly 100 years of experience servicing craft similar to the types that Lake Assault Boats manufactures,” said Bob Beck, director of sales and marketing at Lake Assault Boats, part of Fraser Industries. “When the opportunity presented itself, we closed on an agreement within a week. That’s how much we value this transaction.”
“I’m very proud of my team, and grateful that we are able to stay together as we join Lake Assault Boats; I think it was meant to be,” said Glover, newly named east coast director at Lake Assault Boats. “Our group is poised to hit the ground running. We’ve got an excellent customer base, a significant backlog of business, and the ability to service any and all brands.”
Prior to joining Lake Assault Boats, Glover was the East Coast Director of Operations for Willard Marine. Before that, he served with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Combatant Craft Division as a mechanical engineering technician, and as a supervisor of shipbuilding conversion and repair of US Navy surface ships and aircraft carriers. Together, the five technicians on his team averages more than 15 years of industry experience each.
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