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IBBI chooses Garmin as exclusive supplier

The Independent Boat Builders, Inc., the marine industry’s largest purchasing cooperative, has selected Garmin International, Inc., as the exclusive marine electronics supplier for the group. IBBI consists of 19 members including well-known boat brands like Cobalt, Malibu, Beneteau, Four Winns, Glastron, Contender and more.

“We are honored the IBBI has chosen Garmin to be its exclusive supplier of marine electronics,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales in a statement. “We value this relationship with boat builders who are so well known in our industry for their quality and innovation, and we look forward to providing them with best-in-class products and service for many years to come.”

IBBI members build 20 percent of the boats sold in the United States, and beginning with Model Year 2019, the agreement will them direct access to Garmin’s full line of marine electronics through 2023. Garmin’s product list includes chartplotters, multifunction displays, sonar, radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping and other products.

“We are highly impressed with Garmin’s product selection, product quality, staff and state-of-art facility,” said Tom Broy, IBBI president in a statement. “The IBBI and our member-owners feel like Garmin can provide premium marine electronics that meet our needs and, additionally, give customers what they expect. We look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

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