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Cutwater and Ranger Tugs builder honored in Seattle

Fluid Motion was awarded manufacturer of the year in the midsize firms category.

Fluid Motion, manufacturer of Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats, was awarded manufacturer of the year in the midsize firms category at Seattle Business magazine’s Washington Manufacturing Awards on April 28 at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

Fluid Motion is a locally owned and operated family business that sells Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats worldwide. The company operates six factories in Arlington, Monroe, Kent, and Auburn, Wash. Fluid Motion said all of the boats are designed, engineered and built in-house by 200 skilled tradespeople, including some of the most experienced boatbuilders in the Northwest.

In presenting the award, Seattle Business magazine recognized the company for launching Cutwater, a new line of boats, during the recession, and for its growth — the company quadrupled the size of the business in six years and a saw 15 percent annual growth in its workforce.

“From opening a new factory with state-of-the-art equipment to investing in new software, we are committed to continuous innovation and delivering products known for quality, style and performance,” Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats vice president Jeff Messmer said in a statement. “We’re greatly honored to be recognized for our success within the recreational boating industry and our contribution to providing manufacturing jobs in Washington.”

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