SkipperBud’s acquires MasterCraft Boats of Chicago

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SkipperBud’s has acquired the assets and inventory of MasterCraft Boats of Chicago. The retailer will now represent MasterCraft in northern Illinois.

The operations will be split between two locations in Volo and Antioch, Ill. The primary showroom will be at the Sequoit Harbor location, providing an on-water site for current and future MasterCraft owners.

MasterCraft Boats of Chicago owner Jim Schultz, who also founded and owns aluminum components manufacturer Geremarie, felt the dealership needed more focused attention to grow its MasterCraft business.

The SkipperBud’s acquisition will allow Schultz to focus his time on Geremarie to develop components for boat builders, including MasterCraft.

“I have known the SkipperBud’s organization for quite a while, and am confident they will deliver the highest level of service to our MasterCraft owners,” said Shultz in a statement.

“We are very excited to grow our great partnership with MasterCraft, and to provide on-water access to the MasterCraft owners,” said SkipperBud’s regional vice president Todd Riepe. “MasterCraft has a great following in Illinois, and our key locations should allow them even more access to support.”

MasterCraft’s popularity has grown substantially over the last several years in the region, according to Matt McDevitt, vice president of global sales at MasterCraft Boat Company.

“SkipperBud’s success with the MasterCraft brand in the Milwaukee market over the last 10 years has proven they are a great partner to continue this customer focused approach in the Chicago area for years to come,” said McDevitt.

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