Lake Assault Boats, based in Superior, a manufacturer of patrol, fire and rescue boats, and part of Fraser Industries, announced Thursday, July 1, the opening of a repair, service and maintenance of 14,800 square feet in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Marine industry veteran Smokey Glover and a team of five experienced technicians (all previously at Willard Marine) will lead the operation.
Prior to joining Lake Assault Boats, Glover was the East Coast Operations Manager for Willard Marine in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Prior to that, he served with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the US Navy Combatant Craft Division as a Mechanical Engineering Technician and as a Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair Supervisor US Navy surface ships and aircraft carriers.
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Together, the five technicians on his team each have an average of more than 15 years of experience in the industry.
“I am very proud of my team and grateful that we are able to stay together as we join Lake Assault Boats; I think it was meant to be, ”Glover said. “Our group is about to launch. We have an excellent customer base, a large order book and the ability to serve all brands.
The new Lake Assault Boats facility is located in the heart of Portsmouth’s marine industry. Full-service operations will focus on repair, overhaul and maintenance services. The team can be dispatched as needed anywhere in the world.
Glover said the Portsmouth facility will be strictly a repair facility and will accommodate boats made by Lake Assault Boats and other boat makers.
Lake assault boats will continue to be manufactured in Superior and tested on Lake Superior, he said.
“We are delighted to add a large, well-equipped platform, led by a team with nearly 100 years of experience servicing boats similar to the types manufactured by Lake Assault Boats,” said Bob Beck, Director of sales and marketing at Lake. Assault boats. “When the opportunity arose, we made a deal within a week. This is how much we appreciate this transaction.