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Changing Places

In conjunction with its move to a larger office in Chesapeake, Va., Donald L. Blount and Associates added naval architect Jack Funkhouser to its staff.

"The larger office space, along with the availability of great talent, has allowed us to expand our capabilities," said Robert Bartee, vice president and chief operating officer, in a statement.

He said the downturn of the marine production market allowed DLBA to expand resources for providing engineering services to manufacturers to supplement their technical staff as the market emerges.

Funkhouser is a 10-year veteran of production boat design. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and brings strong naval architectural skills to the firm's designs direct from the production shop floors, according to Bartee.

"Assimilation of my skills and knowledge into the technology-rich staff at DLBA will enhance the value of design services offered to builders of composite boats and craft," Funkhouser said in a statement.

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