Industry mourns co-founder of New England Ropes

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Herb Repass, co-founder of New England Ropes, died Dec. 23 in Vero Beach. Fla. He was 94.

Repass founded the business, now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Teufelberger Group, in New Bedford, Mass., with friend and associate David Aigler in 1967.

Repass served as president and as chief designer of specialty ropes that the company manufactured for yachting, safety and rescue, arborist, mountaineering, lariats for cowboys, and Navy and Coast Guard operations.

Repass, his son, Randy, and Aigler also collaborated to sell rope for boating on the West Coast, spawning West Marine.

Many of the rope designs Repass developed are still in use, combined with today’s fiber advancements.

Repass retired in 1990 and passed the stewardship of the company to his son, Jay Repass.

In 2007 the Repass family sold the company to the Teufelberger Group in Austria.

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