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.


Next Generation

Jordan and ChadManufacturing: to make (something) on a large scale using machinery.

As hungry students eager to learn fill the gymnasium, we were there to teach them about manufacturing as a career. Earlier in the month of October a team of employees from ShoreMaster, including Chad Hulter, Jordan Heikes, and Haley Stich, attended the local Fergus Falls High School Career Fair. The gymnasium was filled with many booths about healthcare, hospitality, construction, agriculture, etc. We were there to teach them about career possibilities at ShoreMaster, but more importantly, about manufacturing as a career.

Peppered by the question from students, “What is ShoreMaster?” For us employees working the booth, this was one of our favorite questions to answer. Yes, we manufacture premium docks and lifts, but we do it safely and efficiently with GREAT people. At the career fair it was the GREAT people that we focused on. ShoreMaster is driven by two assets – great employees and great customers. This has been the key to our success from the beginning. As a part of the ShoreMaster, team our employees get to be a part of a fun, focused, friendly, safety-oriented company with a proven record of success.

Many of the students have grown up in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, have a cabin, or live on a lake where they have seen a ShoreMaster dock and lift or their family owns one. For some of these students given the tools they need to succeed, and as long as they apply themselves, ShoreMaster has opportunities to open many doors for these students after graduation.

“Manufacturing at ShoreMaster to me is more than just a job. It is being able to build amazing products people use for a lifetime, for people to create memories with family and friends at the lake and being able to be a part of that. It’s a really cool feeling.” says Chad Hulter, Safety Coordinator at ShoreMaster.

ShoreMaster, LLC is a team of fabricators, engineers, mechanics, developers, designers, problem solvers, and more, working to provide our customers with the very best waterfront experience available.  “I have been welding ShoreMaster products for 17 years and I still love building our products” says Tracy Jefferies, Steel Supervisor. For many of the employees here they have the opportunity to see their work on a daily basis driving through lakes country.

The future is bright for the next generation of individuals who decide on a career in manufacturing. To learn how to join the ShoreMaster Team visit www.shoremaster.com.

Pictured above: Chad Hulter and Jordan Heikes


TAKING FLIGHT

Written by: Haley Stich, Marketing Coordinator

As summer starts working its way out and cooler weather starts setting in, two of my favorite seasons start rolling in. Fall and hunting season. While working at ShoreMaster it is common to hear conversations among employees starting with, “Well, how did you do this weekend, or how many did you shoot.” It is when the amount of birds or size of the deer’s rack start getting bigger that everyone gets a good laugh.

During the hot Minnesota summer months I took part in the ShoreMaster Sporting Clay shooting team. We would get together once a month and shoot the challenging Sporting Clay course on the rolling and wooded hills of the Viking Valley Hunt Club. Being the only girl in the group there is always the pressure to try and beat the guys! For some reason my score always seems to be the most popular for everyone to know at the end of the night.

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Recently, we all got together one last time at the Viking Valley Hunt Club before next season, or in reality before the snow flies. Greeted by the brisk, morning air along with waging tails and excited dogs, this time we got to shoot pheasants, not clays. We split into groups and got to our selected fields where the birds were waiting. After the hunt, or for me a morning workout of walking fields and chasing birds, we meet back the lodge to tell stories about the morning and enjoy a lunch while we wait for our birds to be cleaned. As the fun day comes to an end, I leave with a smile on my face.

While getting to enjoy an awesome Fall day, and the opportunity to take part in one of my favorite hobbies it is much more than that to me. It is a day filled with team building, and a reflection of the company’s appreciation for all their employees. It was a time to hang out with co-workers in a different atmosphere, reflected in the ShoreMaster culture, based on an activity that creates memories for the employees to be able to look back on.

Pictured above: Haley Stich, Mike Casey, Don Hurley, Mark Wick.


A WELD ABOVE THE REST

Welding (verb): to join pieces of metal together by heating the edges until they begin to melt and then pressing them together (merriam-webster.com).

Such a simple definition, yet a concept that is utterly important in our organization. Take two pieces of aluminum and bring them together to create a masterpiece of strength and durability that let’s our customers enjoy the waterfront to the fullest. At ShoreMaster, welding isn’t just a process with heat and metal it’s an art form and diligent practice. Our welders – all 19 of them – take great care to ensure that the docks and boat lifts that leave our facility are built to last, built to enjoy and built beautifully. They have a passion for the waterfront and a pride in their craft that is unmatched.

 

Danny Kugler, our welding supervisor, has been with ShoreMaster since 1986 and a welder since 1987. “I got into welding because it was opportunity to get to work with my hands but also to get to create something that I knew people would love to use. I got to be a part of this unique process of creation and manufacturing.” 

 

Kugler has seen many changes and advancements in welding technology and systems; like the introduction of ShoreMaster’s robotic welder in 2001. Danny actually programed the current robot we currently use on the ShoreMaster, LLC production floor. “It was a big change for us. It was exciting, but a big change. I didn’t really know what to expect but I knew that it had the potential to be really great for us.”

 

The robotic welder – which welds a variety of parts including Infinity RS4 frames, foot pads, leg posts are more – automates the welding process and allows for consistent, efficient, repetitive welding. Kugler says, “It’s great for a lot of our team, it brings a lot of efficiency to some of the smaller parts and frames so that our guys can focus on the larger frames and materials. On a truss frame there is not replacement for two sets of hands and welders special touch, but for a lot of our stuff Hal does just great.” Hal is the name the guys gave the robot.

 

Kugler isn’t sure what the next big change is going to be, but he does know that one thing is for sure “No matter what comes next for us welders, it’s going to be fun, it always is.”