Acquisitions and Investments

Mergers, acquisitions and startups periodically reshape the marine industry, attracting innovators and other new investors.

USMarineLights.com has new owner

Warrior Girl Corp. acquired USMarineLights.com in an all-stock transaction, the company announced. USMarineLights.com is an online retailer of marine lighting products, including underwater, interior and exterior LED and HID lights for boats and yachts, marine cameras and electronic equipment. “Acquiring US Marine Lights is a great investment, as it’s positioned solidly as a leader in…more

TurboSwing USA incorporates in Florida

TurboSwing USA is now an official U.S. corporation, incorporated in the state of Florida, the company announced. TurboSwing USA is affiliated with Lifeline Inflatable Services Inc., which has been servicing South Florida for more than 20 years in sales of inflatable boats, life rafts and marine safety equipment. TurboSwing USA will import TurboSwing and TowRescue…more

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Priority One president receives business award

Heather Mariscal, president of Priority One Financial Services, was recently honored as one of Business Leader Media’s 2011 Women Extraordinaire Award winners at a luncheon at the Tampa (Fla.) Palms Golf & Country Club. Every year, Business Leader Media honors the top female business leaders of the South. Mariscal, along with 23 other honorees, was…more

Marine floorplan financer seeks to expand

TCF Inventory Finance Inc., a subsidiary of TCF National Bank and an indirect subsidiary of TCF Financial Corp., announced plans to further expand its floorplan finance offerings into the marine industry within the United States and Canada. TCF Inventory Finance’s current reach into the marine industry extends to Alumacraft Boat Co., BRP’s Sea-Doo products and…more

Priority One holds anniversary contest for dealers

Priority One Financial Services Inc. will commemorate its 25th anniversary in business by celebrating and honoring its dealer partners. Through the years, Priority One has grown from one to 50 employees, and it provides finance and insurance managed services for hundreds of recreational dealers nationwide. Priority One will be holding a contest throughout the year,…more

Springfield Marine buys interest in local company

Springfield Marine, a leading manufacturer of boat seats and seat hardware equipment, purchased an interest in Republic Inc., located in Springfield, Mo., the company announced. Republic is a manufacturer of boat T-tops and leaning posts for OEM builders in the Midwest. Its facility has been supplying the marine industry for 20 years. “The marine industry…more

Group seeks buyer for sportboat builder

An unnamed Southeast-based sportboat builder is up for sale, according to 321 Capital Partners, which is facilitating the process. “After years of profitable ownership, principals of this renowned boat manufacturer have retained 321 Capital Partners, seeking entirety sale options for the business. Owned and operated in the same location for over 40 years, this manufacturer…more

Freeman Marine Equipment has new owner

Freeman Marine Equipment Inc., a U.S. supplier to the worldwide marine industry, is now part of Advanced Marine Technologies. The company was purchased by AdvanTec Global Innovations of British Columbia, Canada. AdvanTec owns the four companies that comprise the AMT Group. The other members are Diamond Sea Glaze, Steelhead Marine and Manly Marine. Terms of…more

Alumacraft partners with private-equity firm

Alumacraft Boat Co., a privately owned fishing-boat builder based in St. Peter, Minn., announced a partnership with its management team and Corinthian Capital Group LLC to complete a recapitalization that will help Alumacraft grow and expand in the marine industry. Partnering with Corinthian Capital, a private equity firm specializing in investments in small and mid?sized…more

Marine financier offers online NADA access

Priority One Financial Services is offering its dealer partners free online access to NADA’s used value guide. The guide offers a comprehensive spectrum of benchmark pricing data that consumers and professionals from various industries use to help buy, sell, trade or shop for vehicles that include RVs, trailers, boats and motorcycles. “Most of our dealers…more

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