Ameritex Fabric Systems, a member of the Taylor Made Group and the leading supplier of engineered canvas enclosures, tops and covers for OEM boatbuilders, is expanding its Indiana facility to better serve the large number of pontoon and sport boat manufacturers in the upper Midwest.
“We leased space in Rome City, Ind., nearly two years ago with the idea that we wanted to better serve pontoon builders in that area with a localized staff who could respond to their needs faster and more efficiently,” said Don Zirkelbach, president of Ameritex Fabric Systems. “That move has exceeded the expectations of all involved.
It’s now at the point where we have not only significantly increased our sales in the pontoon market, but our sport boat canvas business is also on the rise. This is due to the product consistency, service and responsiveness we are providing to the full range of builders in the upper Midwest.”
Ameritex will be doubling the size of their regional production space by relocating from Rome City to Kendallville, Ind. The newly leased facility is about four miles from Taylor Made’s long established Kendallville windshield manufacturing operation.
New associates will be hired in order to staff what will become a full canvas engineering and manufacturing facility. On-site capabilities will include frame bending, cutting and sewing, along with the space to stage products for timely deliveries. The facility will also be a significant engineering hub for Ameritex, as the company continues to add engineering resources.
“Ameritex proudly offers the highest quality OEM canvas products to the marine market,” said Mike Oathout, vice president, sales and marketing for Taylor Made Systems, Ameritex’s parent company. “Moves like this ensure that we also offer the best service to that market. It’s not just about the extra production space, which we desperately needed. It’s also about our innovative, expanded product line, great partnerships, and a talented and dedicated workforce. We’re confident this move will allow our Midwest business to continue expanding, as Ameritex continues to lead the marine fabric market forward.”