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Better Way opens new Georgia facility

Better Way Products said it opened a new manufacturing facility in Valdosta, Ga. The company, one of the largest OEM composite suppliers in the United States, will now provide boatbuilders in the Southeast with complex custom fiberglass components and smaller parts.

A statement noted that the 75,000-sqare-foot facility will reduce transit time and shipping costs for Florida boatbuilders. The company said it also opened a similar facility in central Missouri that has proven to be “highly successful” for boatbuilders in that region.

Better Way Products has invested in composite technology at all of its locations. Clint Decker, business unit director, says tooling such as seven-axis waterjet robots and resin transfer molding make it possible to achieve a completely smooth finish on the interior of fiberglass parts without sacrificing dimensional tolerances.

“Opening the Georgia plant is part of our larger strategy to centralize production where our customers are,” Decker added. “It allows us to keep pace with boatbuilders as they ramp up production and reinforce our business relationships.”

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