Barletta adds dedicated R&D space

Author:
Publish date:
Barletta pontoon boats are gaining popularity for their performance and amenities.

Barletta pontoon boats are gaining popularity for their performance and amenities.

Barletta Pontoon Boats in Bristol, Ind., has added a dedicated space for product research and development. This comes on the heels of the company hiring Josiah Druckenmiller, formerly with Bennington Marine, as Barletta’s new director of design and development.

The company says its current facilities are committed to production, so the new space will be used for development of new products. Barletta has also started on plans to expand its 37-acre campus.

“The team and I have been considering this for quite some time,” Bill Fenech, president and co-owner of Barletta Pontoon Boats, said in a statement. “As our production volume has steadily risen since the introduction of our first boat in January of 2018, the need for dedicated space was quickly turning into a reality. And with the successful launch of our premium entry-level lineup, the C-Class, we just couldn’t wait any longer.”

The L-Class, E-Class, Slide-Toon and C-Class are all currently built at the production facility in Bristol, which opened two years ago.

“We’ve been working diligently on a sensible expansion plan that will help us improve our efficiencies as well as contribute to the quality of the pontoon boats we build,” said Fenech. “We’re not going to build just to build. Any type of expansion plan will only be considered if we know that it will support and benefit our dealers, our customers and our internal teams.”

Related

NMMA to Hold State of the Industry Webinar

The March 4 webinar takes place at 11 a.m. and includes the presentation of the Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index Awards and the Alan J. Freedman Award.

Sanlorenzo Reports 2020 Financials

Gains in the Asia-Pacific and Americas markets offset losses for the Italian builder’s superyacht division.

Into the High Season

Our monthly Pulse Report survey asks dealers about restocking inventory and more, as the new season looms.

It Takes Two to Tango

The boom in boat sales we’re enjoying is a result of the combined efforts of the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation.

Besenzoni - for over 50 years ambassador of made in Italy in the world - designs and produces accessories for pleasure and commercial boating characterized by simple and functional design

Besenzoni constantly assists its customers in 90 countries with 187 representative points and a direct assistance network consisting of 164 operating units around the world coordinated by the headquarters.

Sea Tow Saves Cold-Stunned Turtles

Its Corpus Christi outfit is rescuing turtles that were affected by the deep freeze in Texas.