Turning Point Propellers said it is celebrating 20 years in business this month.
The international propeller supplier, based in Jacksonville, Fla., was established in 1997 and the company said it has brought to market an impressive array of industry firsts in marine propulsion.
“Our team takes great pride in developing some of the best-performing aluminum and stainless steel propellers. Starting as an idea after a shortened weekend from a wrecked set of props, Turning Point has grown into a global supplier with manufacturing and warehouse facilities in three countries,” company president Ron Bailey said in a statement.
“We are very grateful to all of our customers for making us the fastest-growing prop company in North America,” Bailey added. “This rapid growth required recent expansion into our second U.S. warehouse location in Jacksonville, Fla., and a doubling of our aluminum production capacity. To obtain and maintain our outstanding growth, we have partnered with the best independent sales associates in the U.S. and internationally. This sales team allows us to focus on what we do best: new product development and continuous improvements in delivery, fill rates and product quality.”
Turning Point listed these “firsts”: the marine industry’s first multi-manufacturer interchangeable hub propeller (1996); the industry’s first full-color prop boxes and selection charts — bringing props out of the back room — (1998); the industry’s first pitch exchange program (1999) and first prop calculator, the Prop Wizard (2006); the first and only lifetime-warranty MasterGuard hub installation kits (2009); the first high-performance four-blade Hustler aluminum propeller (2009); and the first safer propeller, the Aegis (2014).