Webasto moves marine division to Florida

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Webasto, in its efforts to support its increasing product portfolio of air conditioners, heaters, integrated HVAC systems and sunroofs, has moved its marine division to Florida and hired a new director.

David Wollard, Webasto’s new director of the marine division, comes from a boatbuilding family. He has more than 30 years experience in the marine industry and most recently served as vice president of marine sales for Glendinning Marine Products.

Wollard will be responsible for leading the Webasto marine division in North America. By locating the division in Florida, the company hopes to build stronger relationships with many of its key strategic partners also located in the region.

A number of marine companies have been moving out of Florida in recent years, citing the high cost of doing business there. However, Wollard said it’s the right move for Webasto.

“It is one of the boating capitals of the world,” Wollard said this morning. “It’s the greatest area for boating in North America. A lot of yachts move in and out of Florida.”

Webasto Product North America, based in Fenton, Mich., is a subsidiary of Webasto AG, headquartered in Stockdorf, Germany.

Webasto AG manufactures convertible, roof and body systems as well as heating, cooling and ventilation systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and marine vessels. It has about 6,800 employees at 58 international locations and reported sales of nearly 1.8 billion euros in 2007.

— Melanie Winters
M.winters@tradeonlytoday.com

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