Changing Places


Custom yacht builder Northern Marine named Wes Fridell as human resources and safety manager.

Fridell previously worked at the builder under former owner Bud LeMieux. He has been in the industry for 30 years in the boatbuilder, retail, marina and distribution markets.

Fridell serves on the board of Skagit Valley College and Seattle Central Community College, which offer boat construction and design programs.

Northern Marine is based in Anacortes, Wash.

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Laborde Products hired salesman David DiSalvo, who will handle diesel equipment sales and marketing. He will serve the Gulf Coast and inland rivers territories.

DiSalvo brings 20 years of marine industry experience to Laborde. He spent 15 years as a senior sales consultant at Green Marine, selling major equipment. He spent two years working offshore on seismic vessels for Offshore Navigation Inc. and three years at Marine Power/Commercial Marine as a mechanic.

Covington, La.-based Laborde is a distributor of Yanmar, Mitsubishi, FPT and Hatz engines. It also packages its own diesel-powered generators, pumps, pressure washers and other custom diesel equipment under Diesel America.


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