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KCS International acquires sportboat line

KCS International Inc., the parent company of Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, said today at the Miami International Boat Show that it acquired all of the assets of Azure, a world-class line of sportboats.

The acquisition means KCS now carries a full product line, with vessels from 18 to 56 feet that includes bowriders, sport decks and sport cuddies and complemented by the high-quality Cruisers Yachts lineup.

“This is an exciting time for our company. We are sending a message to our dedicated employees that KCS intends to be in the boat business for a long time,” KCS president Mark Pedersen said in a statement. “It is paramount that our reputation of quality product continues to be carried over to the new sportboat line, and we look forward to showcasing our superior workmanship and unique product development as the line matures under the first-class manufacturing team in Wisconsin.”

In early February, production tooling from the Azure plant in South Carolina began making its way to the KCS base in Oconto Wis., and that will continue during the next few weeks. The first boat under the Cruisers Sports Series is expected to roll off the production line in May or June.

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