Freeman Marine Equipment Inc., a 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 Marine is the latest acquisition AdvanTec has made in its marine manufacturing division. 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. With a customer base spanning over 50 countries worldwide the company will continue to operate from its present location with no changes to management planned.
Freeman is a world leader in marine closures. They offer a broad line of both fabricated and cast products. Freeman’s cast aluminum deck hatch product line provides more features, sizes and shapes than any other manufacturer in the world. Their custom crafted closures can be found on a wide range of vessels including megayachts, government security boats, fish, tug and supply vessels, passenger ferries and large recreational boats. They also offer an extensive line of precision-machined aluminum portlights and custom windows to meet the needs of marine builders around the world. 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. This means we are better able to provide our customers with more choices to select exactly what they need.”
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. Our combined strengths will offer our customers product innovation and customization, cost efficiencies, and worldwide sales, distribution and after-purchase support.”
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.