SeaSense set to open new Florida facility

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SeaSense is opening a research and design facility and a testing center in Bonita Springs, Fla.

The new research and design operation will develop new technologies for the marine and trailer industries. The quality-control testing center will expand product testing.

The research-and-design facility is the third new plant that SeaSense's parent company, Unified Marine Inc., has opened since 2006.

"We are extremely pleased to announce the opening of our new Bonita Springs facility," Unified Marine CEO David Nirenberg said in a statement. "This new location will allow us to continue the industry-leading innovation and quality-control standards that have made UMI the most trusted name in the marine and trailer industries for over a quarter of a century."

Separately, Unified Marine announced Astrid Ciesielski as the company's new Wal-Mart analyst. Ciesielski will read and analyze Wal-Mart reports while working directly with Wal-Mart's replenishment manager to further the growth of the SeaSense brand with Wal-Mart.

A marine industry veteran with more than 10 years of experience working with BRP's Johnson-Evinrude brands, Ciesielski's background involves budgeting, accounting and analytics.