Ameritex Fabric Systems, a member of the Taylor Made Group, is doubling the size of its regional production space in an expansion geared to better serve the large number of pontoon and sportboat manufacturers in the upper Midwest.
Ameritex supplies boatbuilders with engineered canvas enclosures, tops and covers.
“We leased space in Rome City, Ind., nearly two years ago with the idea that we wanted to better serve pontoon builders in that area with a localized staff who could respond to their needs faster and more efficiently,” Ameritex Fabric Systems president Don Zirkelbach said in a statement.
“That move has exceeded the expectations of all involved,” Zirkelbach said. “It’s now at the point where we have not only significantly increased our sales in the pontoon market, but our sportboat canvas business is also on the rise. This is due to the product consistency, service and responsiveness we are providing to the full range of builders in the upper Midwest.”
Ameritex will be doubling the size of its regional production space by relocating from Rome City to Kendallville, Ind. The newly leased facility is about 4 miles from Taylor Made’s long-established Kendallville windshield manufacturing operation.
New associates will be hired to staff what will become a full canvas engineering and manufacturing facility. On-site capabilities will include frame bending, cutting and sewing, along with the space to stage products for timely deliveries. The facility also will be a significant engineering hub for Ameritex as the company continues to add engineering resources.
“Ameritex proudly offers the highest-quality OEM canvas products to the marine market,” said Mike Oathout, vice president of sales and marketing for Taylor Made Systems, Ameritex’s parent company.
“Moves like this ensure that we also offer the best service to that market. It’s not just about the extra production space, which we desperately needed. It’s also about our innovative, expanded product line, great partnerships, and a talented and dedicated workforce. We’re confident this move will allow our Midwest business to continue expanding as Ameritex continues to lead the marine fabric market forward.”