Cobalt and Volvo Penta mark milestone in growth partnership

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Cobalt Boats president Terry Clark, (left); Marcia Kull and Ron Huibers, vice president and CEO at Volvo Penta of the Americas; Cobalt CEO Paxson St. Clair; Susan Bonivich, OEM sales manager at Volvo Penta North America; and Gavan Hunt, vice president of sales and marketing at Cobalt, are shown at Cobalt’s headquarters in Kansas.

Cobalt Boats president Terry Clark, (left); Marcia Kull and Ron Huibers, vice president and CEO at Volvo Penta of the Americas; Cobalt CEO Paxson St. Clair; Susan Bonivich, OEM sales manager at Volvo Penta North America; and Gavan Hunt, vice president of sales and marketing at Cobalt, are shown at Cobalt’s headquarters in Kansas.

Volvo Penta and Cobalt Boats celebrated a 44-year partnership at the Cobalt headquarters in Neodesha, Kan., this week.

Since 1971, Cobalt and Volvo Penta have worked together to grow boating in the marine sector.

“Cobalt and Volvo Penta have a long history of innovation, and together we are proud to work together as leaders in the industry,” Cobalt CEO Paxson St. Clair said in a statement. “Volvo Penta and Cobalt celebrated 44 years of a great relationship with each other, as well as the fantastic group of dealers and customers that the relationship has produced.”

Volvo commemorated the special day with an engraved silver plate and by providing team T-shirts and ice cream to more than 600 associates.

“Cobalt has enjoyed success through the years with Volvo Penta, and we appreciate the support of our relationship every day,” St. Clair said. “On behalf of our associates here in Neodesha, we sincerely appreciate the recognition — and the ice cream!”

Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the leading manufacturers of heavy trucks, buses and construction equipment.

Volvo Penta invented the sterndrive and the duoprop drive, and it has recently unveiled the forward drive. Engineered with two forward-facing counter-rotating props that pull a boat through water rather than push it, forward drive produces higher top speeds and faster acceleration than comparable inboard shaft single-prop systems.

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