Independent Boat Builders Inc. gathered members and suppliers together in St. Louis for its annual Purchasing Meeting and Vendor Expo conference.
The group recognized vendors and suppliers at the event.
Power Products, LLC/Marinco-Ancor, a Milwaukee-based manufacturer of wire and wire management products was honored with the John “Walkabout” Sisson IBBI Innovation Award for the company’s new Self Cutting Cable Ties. Self-Cutting Cable Ties are designed to be installed by tightening the cable tie and twisting the tail.
"We are happy to present this award to Power Products LLC/Marinco-Ancor for their Self-Cutting Cable Tie entry,” IBBI president Tom Broy said in a statement. “Our members voted amongst several great products during our meeting, and this product is a great representation of the innovative thinking we look for to honor John Sisson. John ‘Walkabout’ Sisson served on the IBBI board of directors and on the technical committee, and was always looking for ways to bring innovation to the IBBI members.”
Power Products LLC/Marinco-Ancor product manager Matt Elsner called the product a “breakthrough in wire management.”
“By reducing installation time and eliminating the risk of damaging cables with the use of cutting tools, these ties simplify wiring projects; even in confined spaces,” Elsner said.
IBBI also honored top-rated suppliers during meeting, who were chosen on the basis of a survey that IBBI members completed.
The survey rated suppliers in five key categories: product quality, delivery, technical service, customer service/warranty claims/returns, and accurate invoicing.
Lenco Marine was awarded the overall IBBI Supplier of the Year distinction.
“This award means a lot to the Lenco family and we take much pride in knowing that the top boat builders in the world collectively selected Lenco to receive this award,” Lenco Marine president Richard DeVito said.
Composites One and Ashland were also given Supplier of the Year honors. Outstanding Partner Awards were presented to suppliers that narrowly missed out on the top awards — Piedmont Plastics, Vectorply and RDI.