ShoreMaster Readies Fergus Falls Manufacturing Plant for 2nd Shift

FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA – Chris Winter, Director of Operations at ShoreMaster announced plans to expand ShoreMaster’s workforce with the creation of a second shift production team at it’s Fergus Falls manufacturing facility. ShoreMaster plans to have the second shift up and running by the middle of March with training for those new hires beginning as early as February 5th.

We have seen tremendous growth over the last few years through our best in class support of our dealers and customers. “We’ve been adding new robotic welding equipment, CNC machines, and saws to our operations as we’ve grown over the last couple of years, while also training our employees on safety and our version of continuous improvement. We think the timing is perfect to add a second shift this season” said Mr. Winter.

To help find employees interested, ShoreMaster has partnered with Doherty Staffing Solutions. With offices in Fergus Falls at 112 South Court Street, Doherty Staffing Solutions will be able to help ShoreMaster fill it’s new second shift positions by helping match the right candidates with ShoreMaster’s open positions.  For your convenience Doherty also has offices in Wahpeton, Alexandria, and Perham.  Their website is:  www.Doherty.jobs to apply.

Joyce Larson, HR Manager at ShoreMaster said “We’re known for our great work environment, our safety record, and our culture, but we also offer more benefits than people may realize. Employees that fit into our culture and gain employment here can take advantage of things like our 401K plan with company matching contributions, a bonus payout potential, some really great health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits, and employee leadership development for people that are interested in turning their job into a career.  We are very focused on Promotion From Within – promoting our GREAT PEOPLE.”

Anyone interested in joining the ShoreMaster team for either the newly created second shift, or for any other first shift positions should reach out to Doherty Staffing solutions at 112 South Court Street, Fergus Falls, MN or call them at 218-531-2040 or stop in at the ShoreMaster front office for an application. Job candidates are also encouraged to check out ShoreMaster’s careers page at http://shoremaster.com/about-us/careers/ to download and read a copy of the ShoreMaster Way – A Guide For Leaders To Manage An Empowered Workforce In The Spirit of Continuous Improvement.

ShoreMaster 2nd Shift Positions Available at the time of this posting:

  • 2nd Shift Lead
  • CNC Operator
  • Up-Cut Saw Operator
  • Robotic Welder Operators
  • Bundler / Material Handler

ShoreMaster offers a great working environment, a strong safety culture, friendly atmosphere and a premium wage for the 2nd shift positions.

We welcome you to stop in at ShoreMaster or Doherty anytime for more information and to apply for a positon.

To learn more about ShoreMaster, LLC and it’s family of brands, visit http://www.shoremasterllc.com


Watch ShoreMaster on Modern Living with kathy ireland®

ShoreMaster, LLC had the honor recently of being a part of a segment on Modern Living with kathy ireland® focused on  the waterfront industry. Our very own Don Hurley, President/CEO, sat down with Kathy to discuss the changes we are seeing across the industry, as well as how our products are uniquely positioned to serve waterfront owners, and the amazing people behind our products and brands. If you missed the initial airing on, or just want to watch the segment again, check it out on our YouTube channel or below.


ShoreMaster Brands to be Featured on Modern Living with kathy ireland®

ShoreMaster, LLC is pleased and excited to have the opportunity to be featured on Modern Living with kathy ireland® in a segment that highlights not only our premium product offering but also the changes and transformations occurring across the waterfront industry as well as the extraordinary people that make ShoreMaster the industry leader it is.

“45 years ago, a dock was just a way to get your boat,” says Don Hurley, ShoreMaster President and CEO. “Now, docks are becoming an extension of your lakefront property. It’s a place where people socialize and stay on the dock. We have the broadest product offering and the most dealers. Wherever there is water, that’s where we are.”

Modern Living with kathy ireland® is a weekly business television program featuring real-world insights from corporate executives all over the globe. Earlier this Fall, our very own Don Hurley sat down for an interview with Kathy Ireland to discuss ShoreMaster’s line up of premium waterfront products as well as the philosophy and mission of the company as a whole.

“People love being close to water,” says JL Haber, Vice President of Programming for Modern Living with kathy ireland®. “ShoreMaster gives them options they may never have thought possible. It’s a reengineering of functional space to keep your activities at home.”

To view the segment tune in to WE tv as sponsored content on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:30am EST and Bloomberg International on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 7:00am GMT, 10:00am D.F. and 2:30pm HKT.


Exclusive Gray Options for Absolutely Stunning Docks

Lately, there has been a rise in popularity for grey color schemes in interior design and home décor. It’s the hottest new neutral color for the home. Homeowners across the country have embraced gray for everything – throw pillows, wall color, appliances, fixtures, furniture, and more. And now, thanks to ShoreMaster, they can have it on their dock (in a variety of options) as well.

This season we introduced many gray options for our dealers and consumers. Gray Oak Woodgrain decking. Gray Vertex decking. Gray Glacier flow-through decking. Gray furniture options. Gray benches. Even our sister brand, Rhino Marine Systems, is now offering Gray Front Mount RhinoLifts.

While on the surface gray may seem like a somber color homeowners (and dock owners) love gray as it plays so well with other colors and provides a warmer environment than white. Gray offers a neutral color palette that highlights other colors very well. Especially at all the colors present at the lake – the canopy, the landscaping, blue skies and water (gray goes GREAT with blues – especially ShoreMaster blue), and more.

One of ShoreMaster’s biggest advantages in the dock market has always been the number of options that we provide buyers with in terms of decking and accessories – these new color choices put yet another opportunity for dock owners – one that no one else is offering. If you haven’t had a chance yet to check the new gray options check out the gallery below – or better yet, stop in to a dealership and ask about our new gray options.


ShoreMaster Announces Invision Capital as New Equity Partner

ShoreMaster, LLC, the leading manufacturing of premium docks, boat lifts, and accessories in North America, announces that Invision Capital has become a new equity partner.

Invision Capital is a lower middle market private equity firm with over 80 years of investing and operating experience that focuses on partnering with companies with market leading positions, world-class management teams, long-term stability and potential for growth. Robert Castillo, managing director, states, “ShoreMaster holds all our key investment attributes and is an ideal Company for us. We look forward to supporting management in their vision for the next chapter of ShoreMaster.”

Don Hurley, President and CEO of ShoreMaster states, “Invision is an excellent fit for us. I am delighted with this new partnership and believe that it will enhance our relationships with our dealers, employees, and customers. Invision’s approach to strategic investing and its deep knowledge of business lifecycles will drive ShoreMaster’s growth in the North American market for waterfront recreational products.”

ShoreMaster was originally founded in 1972 by Dennis Tuel, Sr. Mr. Tuel was a storied entrepreneur who founded ShoreMaster to bring the first all-aluminum boat lift to market. Mr. Tuel sold ShoreMaster to Otter Tail Corporation in 2002. Otter Tail Corporation, in turn, sold its interest in ShoreMaster to High Street Capital in 2013. The recent sales of High Street’s interest in ShoreMaster to Invision Capital is a clear testament to ShoreMaster’s sustainability and incredible growth potential.

ShoreMaster is a customer-focused, market driven company that manufactures quality products safely and efficiently with great people. ShoreMaster has five brands to meet the needs of any waterfront owner throughout North America. The ShoreMaster brands are ShoreMaster, PolyDock Products, Rhino Marine Systems, Shoreline Industries, and OEM Industries. Don Hurley sees an extremely bright future for ShoreMaster: “We strive to provide our dealers, distributors, and customer with the best solutions to meet their waterfront needs. From Florida to Alaska, and California to Maine, we have a solution. That’s what makes us the best company to do business with. With our new partnership with Invision Capital, we look forward to bringing more to the market as we execute our vision as the premium provider of waterfront equipment in North America.”

For further questions, contact Nathan M. Noland, Chief Financial Officer, ShoreMaster, LLC, 1025 International Drive, Fergus Falls, MN 56537.


With Heavy Hearts

Rob KatzenmeyerIt is with incredibly heavy hearts that ShoreMaster mourns the loss of our own Rob Katzenmeyer, Vice-President of Operations, who passed away this past weekend after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Rob was a shining example of what ShoreMaster stands for and of the GREAT PEOPLE that we have as a part of our community. Rob started at ShoreMaster on the front line of operations while in high school. He worked during the Summers at ShoreMaster while in college and returned full-time upon graduation. He worked his way through the management ranks and eventually to the executive position of Vice-President of Operations and board member.  He was always about the people, our GREAT PEOPLE, and no one bled more ShoreMaster blue than he.

Beyond ShoreMaster, Rob was a pillar of the community. With two young children he was actively involved in many youth activities, especially the hockey association, and community programs. His passion for the community, for his children and for giving back was respected and admired by all who crossed his path.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rob’s wife, children, and family.

Funeral Services will be held at Bethlehem Church in Fergus Falls, MN on Friday, July 22nd (11:00am). Visitation and Prayer Service (5:00-7:0pm) will be held on Thursday, July 21st at Olson’s Funeral Home in Fergus Falls, MN.


5 Tips for Safe Water Fun This Summer

It’s National Water Safety Month!

Water SafetyWith the start of Summer right around the corner its time to start thinking again about FUN IN THE SUN! Along with that though we want all of our owners, families, dealers and friends to be sure they are practicing smart water safety so that everyone can enjoy the entire Summer on the water! Here are 5 helpful tips to keep you in the sun all Summer long!

1. Always wear a life jacket!
Whether you’re on a boat or a personal water craft you should always have – and wear – a personal flotation device. Young children should wear life jackets anytime they are in or around water. This is the first line of defense against drownings and is of the utmost important. Make sure your life jacket fits snugly but comfortably and cannot slip above the chin or ears when tugged on at the shoulders.

2. Pay Attention to the Weather
Summer weather can change quickly. Severe weather can come on quickly and escalated rapidly. Pay attention to the weather forecasts and the skies. You don’t want to get caught on the lake or out in the open when Summer weather goes from sunny to stormy. And always wear sunscreen! The reflection off the water amplifies the sun’s intensity so protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

3. Drinking and Boating Don’t Mix
An cool beverage can be quite refreshing during a hot Summer day but don’t drink and drive or boat. Drinking can impair your judgement and slow your reflexes making it harder for you to steer, swim and assist those around you. If you want to have a cool beverage do it from the safety of the shoreline.

4. Keep Your Speed Down and Pay Attention
The lakes and waterways can get very busy in the Summer months. Keep a look out of other boats, swimmers, tubers, skiers, and more. Keep you speed reasonable and always practice defensive driving – if you aren’t sure what the other guy is doing stay clear. Keep an eye out for fellow boats in distress and need of help as well.

5. Use the Buddy System
Bring a buddy with – its more fun and more safe! Even experience water-users and swimmers can get put in a dangerous situation.

 


Teach Kids to Fish and Love Life on the Water

Cute little boy fishing with his grandfather

ShoreMaster is proud to once again be a sponsor of Midwest Fishing’s School of Fish.

This unique program provides kids – and parents – an amazing opportunity to learn all about fishing, water safety, and lake preservation. In each 3-hour class participants learn about lakes, the fish that live in them, how to tie knots, rig their own fishing line, and much more. Kid’s also learn how to be responsible and safe anglers and sportsmen as well as ways to get involved in fishing and waterfront clubs. In addition to the great fishing tips and tricks that kids will learn, all kids get their own fishing rod and reel, tackle, t-shirt, workbook, and more. Plus, parents are welcome to join to make it a fun activity for the whole family.

Midwest Fishing hosts open-water and ice-fishing classes throughout the year all across the Midwest. For locations and a class schedule visit their website.


SHOREMASTER THANKS EMPLOYEES FOR GREAT YEAR WITH HOLIDAY TURKEYS

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FERGUS FALLS, MINNESOTA – November 19, 2015. ShoreMaster, LLC, a leading manufacturer of docks and boat lifts based out of Fergus Falls, celebrated another successful year by thanking employees and handing out Thanksgiving turkeys for the holiday season.

“It is always an honor to be able to do this for our employees, this is our third year handing out turkeys. Our people put a lot of effort into everything they do, it’s exciting to be able to celebrate our success again this year with them.” says Don Hurley, President and CEO of ShoreMaster, LLC.

ShoreMaster celebrated with an all employee catered lunch as employees were thanked and recognized. At the end of the lunch frozen turkeys were handed out to all ShoreMaster, LLC employees.

“Our employees show up and work hard every day, they are the reason for our success. We continue to have an impeccable safety record. It’s important to our management team that we recognize them and reward them for that dedication and effort. We truly have great people here and it’s an honor to be able to say thank you like this, especially during the holidays.” says Rob Katzenmeyer, Vice President of Operations.

Receiving a Thanksgiving turkey and catered lunch was just one way ShoreMaster, LLC celebrated their success. Employees were also given two additional floating holidays for the upcoming year. They also have received a profit sharing bonus for the last three years. This year’s bonus was given out in September.

ShoreMaster, LLC is a premier manufacturer of waterfront equipment, specifically docks and boat lift systems. The company was founded in 1972 in Carlos, MN by Dennis Tuel, Sr and operates today out of Fergus Falls, MN. With over 110 full time employees ShoreMaster serves over 150 dealers and distributers in the United States and Canada. The ShoreMaster, LLC team includes welders, fabricators, engineers, mechanics, developers, designers, problems solvers, and more – working together to provide their customers with the very best waterfront experience available. Visit www.shoremaster.com for more information.


Engineering Department Adds New Team Member

Kelly - croppedShoreMaster, LLC recently hired Kelly Korinek as a Product Engineer/Innovator to join the Engineering Team.

Kelly will be responsible for the process of designing and developing product. This will entail being involved in dealing with issues of manufacturability, quality, performance, reliability, serviceability, and user features. It includes design, development, testing, and transitioning to manufacturing the product in volumes.

Kelly graduated from North Dakota State University with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. Kelly and family resides in Fergus Falls, MN. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, and fishing for walleye. “I get to design and develop waterfront products everyday with great people. It doesn’t get much better than that.” says Kelly Korinek. Kelly brings 13 years of engineering experience to the team. Kelly will report to the Director of Operations and Engineering, Chris Winter.

ShoreMaster continues to enjoy strong growth across all segments of its business, in part due to the Competitive Unification Strategy it implemented two years ago as a way to drive sustainable growth with an increased focus on competitiveness in distribution, product quality, customer service, and industry leading operational facilities.