O’Brien Watersports acquires Nash Manufacturing

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O’Brien Watersports said it has acquired the assets of Nash Manufacturing, which makes watersports equipment under the Hydroslide name, pool and leisure products under the licensed Margaritaville brand and Sub Z rotational molded coolers.

“We are very excited to welcome Hydroslide, Margaritaville and Sub Z brands to the O’Brien family,” Pete Surette, general manager of O’Brien, said in a statement. “We believe these products will fit well within our existing dealer and consumer base, as well as open up new sales avenues for the O’Brien brand in the pool and consumer business.”

Nash started out making wood water skis in 1954 and is the oldest watersports manufacturer based in the United States. Its factory and headquarters are in Fort Worth, Texas. O’Brien has been making watersports equipment since 1964.

“I am very excited to see the Nash brands turn the page on the next chapter,” said Keith Parton, president of Nash Sports. It has been a great 50 years at Nash and I believe the new partnership with O’Brien will be even better. I believe this is a great opportunity for all of our customers.”


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