January 4, 2012 – Freeman Marine Equipment Inc., a globally recognized brand and major US supplier to the worldwide marine industry, is now part of Advanced Marine Technologies (AMT). The company was purchased by AdvanTec Global Innovations of British Columbia, Canada. AdvanTec owns the four companies that make up the AMT Group. The other members of the group are Diamond Sea Glaze, Steelhead Marine and Manly Marine.
Freeman brings thirty-six years of innovative design, manufacturing experience, project management and customer support to the enlarged AMT family of leading brands for yacht, commercial, ferry, military, patrol & rescue vessel needs. Located in Gold Beach, Oregon, USA, the company has 85 employees, including a specialized team of engineers and designers.
The company will continue to operate from its present location with no changes to management planned.
Freeman Marine is an ISO 9001:2008 registered company following lean manufacturing practises.
“We are very excited and looking forward to the addition of Freeman Marine to the AMT Group”, says Dave Bockhold, CEO of the marine group. “Freeman is an excellent fit with our existing product range and will bring new capabilities and expertise to AMT’s speciality of designing and manufacturing quality components for the marine industry. There is very little overlap in terms of product redundancy and competition between the companies.
Bo Shindler, Freeman’s General Manager, adds “Freeman is proud to be a respected force in the marine closure products industry and we are looking forward to developing new areas of growth. Together with the other members of the AMT Group we can collaborate to share process efficiencies so that we are able to offer builders an even broader line of premium doors, hatches, windows, cranes and specialty products.
Freeman Marine, Diamond Sea Glaze, Steelhead Marine and Manly Marine operate from their own locations; however, product sales will be managed at a group level. For more information please visit www.AdvancedMarineTechnologies.com
Diamond Sea Glaze
As an integral member of the AMT Group, Diamond Sea Glaze designs and manufactures custom windows, doors, hatches and a variety of specialized glass products. They serve the unique closure needs of the yacht, commercial marine, security and heavy equipment customers around the world. For over 30 years Diamond Sea Glaze has been offering innovative marine closures to shipyards, builders and vessel owners. For more information please visit: www.DiamondSeaGlaze.com
Steelhead Marine supplies the yacht industry, including both recreational and megayachts, with cranes, davits, passerelles and hardware. Their high performance yacht cranes can be
found on vessels in marinas all around the world. For more information please visit www.SteelheadMarine.net
Since 1946, Manly Marine has supplied commercial duty, type approved, watertight and fire
rated doors, windows and hatches. They equip tugs, ferries and tankers, cruise ships and
coast guard vessels as well as offshore oil rigs, wind towers, hydro dams and bridges. Manly closures are
approved by all the major rating agencies. For more information please visit www.Manly.com