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Changing places

Imtra, a New Bedford, Mass.-based importer and manufacturer of marine products and advanced LED solutions, appointed a new lighting engineer, Mike Moriarty.

Moriarty will work closely with vendors on product design and development, ensuring application goals and seamless manufacturing. Imtra says Moriarty will add speed and flexibility to the company’s lighting product development and ensure customer requirements are incorporated in engineering and manufacturing efforts.

Moriarty also will simplify the installation design process by allowing Imtra to accept Computer Aided Design boat plans from customers and develop a complete lighting layout, featuring high-output LEDs and other lighting solutions from Imtra’s product line.

Moriarty is a lifelong boater and a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marine electrical and mechanical engineering.


Bertram Yacht, the Miami-based manufacturer of luxury sportfish yachts, selected Ken Beauregard as director of production.

Beauregard recently left Cobalt Yachts, where he was assembly production manager. He has many years experience in production, including 18 years at Brunswick, where he worked closely with Bertram Yacht’s chief operating officer Mike Myers and specialized in the production of 40- to 50-foot sportfish yachts.

In his new position, Beauregard will oversee new structures that have been in place at the Bertram plant. He will be responsible for making the production efforts more concentrated and driving improved processes farther upstream in the production line.

Bertram Yacht is a brand of Ferretti S.p.A., a leading company in luxury motoryachts, with a portfolio that includes Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Apreamare, Mochi Craft, CRN, Custom Line.



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