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New VP named for Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats


Fluid Motion LLC, builder of Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats, named Mark Hudak vice president of operations.

Hudak will oversee the production of Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats at a time when the company said it is experiencing exceptional growth. He will bring experience from his 21 years in the marine manufacturing industry to coordinate the operations of six facilities between Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats.

“Mark is here as a facilitator and a supporter,” Fluid Motion vice president Jeff Messmer said in a statement. “We brought Mark on board to provide the manufacturing leadership and stellar customer service that he’s known for in the industry.”

Most recently Hudak was vice president of commercial service for Wesco Turf, a commercial lawn equipment company. During his 6-year tenure he was in charge of three facilities, overseeing about 36 employees.

Prior to that, he spent 21 years in key positions at Wellcraft Marine of Sarasota, Fla., starting his career there as an industrial engineer and spending his final 10 years there as the head of customer service.

“One of the reasons that I signed on with Fluid Motion was because it’s a growing company that is customer-service oriented,” Hudak said. “For the last six to eight years the boating industry has been on a downswing. I thought, here’s a company in a niche market that’s looking at expanding. That is really exciting for me.”

“As Cutwater and Ranger continue to grow, Mark is here to ensure that we continue to meet the demands of the customer and the company,” Fluid Motion president John Livingston said. “Mark’s reputation as a strong leader long preceded him and we are ecstatic that he’s decided to relocate himself and his family to the Pacific Northwest to join our team.”



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