40 years of WEST SYSTEM

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Gougeon Brothers Inc., manufacturer of WEST SYSTEM epoxy, is celebrating its 40th year in business.

The company was founded by Meade and Jan Gougeon, who started out building lightweight iceboats with epoxy. They eventually formulated their own epoxy system and, by 1971, had named it the WEST SYSTEM.

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3 comments on “40 years of WEST SYSTEM

  1. Jay Miner, N.A.

    I have known the Gougeon Brothers about as long as I have known anyone in this business. I first met them in the early 1970’s when they sailed their cold molded trimaran into the Rogers City, Michigan small boat harbor. The marina was my adolescent summer hangout, and the Gougeons were part of my inspiration to get into the boatbuilding industry. Congratulations to their organization. It is well deserved.

  2. Chris White

    Jan and Meade put modern wood composite boatbuilding on the map. Their introduction of epoxy resin into yacht construction, innovative boatbuilding techniques and unique and seaworthy boat designs have been an inspiration to me and many others. Boatbuilding  would be a different world without the Gougeon Bros. Epoxy boats are stronger and last longer!

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