Boston Whaler wins manufacturing honor in Florida

Boston Whaler recently received the Volusia Manufacturer's Association 2015 Lou Fifer Manufacturer of the Year Award.
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Boston Whaler recently received the Volusia Manufacturer's Association 2015 Lou Fifer Manufacturer of the Year Award, an honor given annually to the Edgewater, Fla., area’s top manufacturing company.

The award, named after the VMA’s founding executive director in 2009, recognizes people who have “made a tremendous contribution to our manufacturing community and the community at large.”

The VMA cited Boston Whaler’s three-pronged focus on brand, partnership with suppliers and the community, and nurturing a positive culture. The VMA also noted Boston Whaler’s addition of more than 180 new jobs in the last 18 months, an achievement that earned Whaler the State of Florida Governor’s Award for job creation.

The company also was recognized for community outreach efforts that include the annual Boatload of Backpacks campaign, the Indian River Clean-Up and contributions to Cudas Unhooked, an organization that helps financially challenged or at-risk students become educated.

“We are honored to be named VMA’s Manufacturer of the Year,” Boston Whaler president Huw Bower said in a statement. “It is truly rewarding to be acknowledged for what are essentially our passions and our values, which fuel every effort made here at Boston Whaler. We have an incredible, highly devoted team; this award is meaningful because it speaks to their hard work and dedication.”

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