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Sullivan Flotation Systems and Atlantic Meeco Join Forces As MEECO SULLIVAN

100_3388McAlester, OK— As two highly respected companies each serving the marina industry for over 50 years and with common ownership for the last three years, Sullivan Flotation Systems and Atlantic-Meeco have joined forces as one new brand called MEECO SULLIVAN, The Marina Company. Steve Sullivan, CEO and President of the new company, was happy to announce this news and commented that “with our common ownership and complementary product lines and capabilities it made perfect sense for us to join forces and market our extensive experience and capabilities as one new brand—MEECO SULLIVAN. Our combined 107 years of experience and over 3000 marine installations are unequalled as is our product offering of steel, timber, and aluminum dock systems for virtually any freshwater or saltwater environment. Plus, our commitment to the highest quality products, exceptional customer service and delivering every project on-time and within budget will be stronger than ever.”

MEECO SULLIVAN now has the ability to offer full service capabilities for any marina or dock system project providing design, engineering, production, installation and service support from its two facilities located in Warwick, New York and McAlester, Oklahoma. The Warwick operation will primarily handle timber, aluminum and steel dock systems for the eastern United States. The McAlester operation will primarily handle timber, Glulam, steel and aluminum dock systems for customers in the central and western regions of the U.S. and will be led by Ralph Morley who was just appointed Division Manager for the Oklahoma facility. Mr. Morley brings over 25 years of marina industry experience to MEECO SULLIVAN. The new company will operate with one management team and one national sales team led by Jim Mason in his new role as National Sales, Marketing & Business Development Manager.

Ron Turcotte, Executive Chairman of MEECO SULLIVAN noted that “bringing these two companies together allows us to be a much stronger and more competitive supplier for any type of marina or dock project and operate much more efficiently while delivering the absolute highest quality products. We are very excited about MEECO SULLIVAN’S growth opportunities given their combined histories, staffs and experience.”

MEECO SULLIVAN is a leading supplier of marina and dock systems for both freshwater and saltwater locations. Their product offering includes Meeco Steel Systems, Atlantic Glulam Timber Systems, Sullivan Timber Systems, Aluminum Systems, Wave Attenuators, Rowing Docks, Residential Docks and Service Docks/Platforms. They are a recognized pioneer and leader in the design and construction of engineered dock systems with thousands of marine installations worldwide. To learn more please visit www.meecosullivan.com or for more information contact Jim Mason at jmason@meecosullivan.com.

NY State Park Chooses Meeco Sullivan Again

Warwick, NY— Bob Sullivan, COO of Sullivan Flotation Systems, announced that they have completed another marina project for the New York State Park System at Big Six Mile Creek, which is on an inlet of the upper Niagara river. In recent years Sullivan has also completed marina projects on the Buffalo River, at the First Buffalo Marine Harbor for the New York Power Authority and at Mills Norrie State Park on the Hudson River.  John Bordner with Allen Marine Services, a division of Hohl Industrial Services, oversaw the construction of the Big Six Mile Creek project and noted that “this was a rather unique project because the new dock systems were designed to withstand ice pressure and ice movement so they could remain in the water year-round.” Sullivan’s design team worked closely with the State’s designer and the general contractor to create a special mooring system that included SeaFlex mooring cables on a pulley system that allowed the new docks to flex with any ice pressure. Plus, the marina’s anchoring system required custom anchor brackets and a series of helical bottom anchors and elastic rodes to facilitate the fluctuating water depths and winter ice common to this area.

Phase one of the project included nine new docks with a total of 144 slips that could accommodate boats from 20’ to 30’ and four ADA accessible slips. The dock systems utilized Sullivan’s Aluminum System with custom extruded side channels and structural aluminum interior bracing, GeoDeck grey composite Leed certified decking and stainless steel utility pedestals. Phase two will include a new boathouse, boat launch and parking lots.

Bob Sullivan commented that “the entire Sullivan team is very proud of how we helped develop a very practical dock design solution to meet the State’s needs while completing this project on a very tight timeframe and in time for Memorial Day, which is the opening of boating season on the Niagara River.”

Since 1961 Sullivan Flotation Systems has been a recognized pioneer and leader in the design and construction of engineered floating dock systems specializing in marinas and dock systems that can withstand demanding coastal environments. With hundreds of marinas built around the country, Sullivan is one of the largest and most respected manufacturers in the industry. They offer a full range of marina and floating dock products and services and they stand behind them. To learn more please visit www.sullfloat.com.  For more information contact Bob Sullivan at bobsull@sullfloat.com.

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Superstorm Sandy-Damaged Marinas Rebuild Fast

When Hurricane Sandy, unofficially known as Superstorm Sandy, made landfall near Brigantine, New Jersey, as a Category Two storm with hurricane force winds and an enormous storm surge, it became one of the deadliest and most destructive storms on record. While total damage estimates exceeded $6 billion, for marina and boat owners, the estimates were equally staggering with more than $650 million in boat losses and more than 65,000 boats and 500 marinas damaged or destroyed.

No sooner had the storm hit than it was gone, leaving marina and boat owners wondering not only how they would recover from the devastation but how long it would take to rebuild. The boating industry has a huge economic impact on the region, so getting marinas rebuilt and operational quickly was critical to many people’s livelihoods. A number of resilient marina owners began assessing the damage and determining what was needed to get their marinas repaired and ready for the coming boating season. They called Sullivan Flotation Systems, headquartered in Warwick, New York, for help. Sullivan originally built many of these damaged marinas, so the company was very familiar with every design and construction detail. For those damaged marinas not built by Sullivan, the owners trusted Sullivan’s reputation for quality and dependability in building floating dock systems in the region.

Quick Design and Rebuild

At most marinas, the docks were entirely destroyed, which meant that the owners not only had to replace the dock system, but also all the anchor piling and utilities, such as electric, water and sewage pumpout. The cost to replace these utilities can sometimes double the price of the project and add significant time to the production schedule. Plus, since all of the utilities must be installed in the field, the ability of the builder’s team to coordinate installation schedules with other contractors played a key role in meeting critical deadlines.

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Channel Club Marina in Monmouth, New Jersey, replaced its damaged fixed docks with a floating dock system from Sullivan Flotation Systems.

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Channel Club Marina in Monmouth, New Jersey, replaced its damaged fixed docks with a floating dock system from Sullivan Flotation Systems.

Steve Sullivan, president of Sullivan Flotation Systems and Larry Dubs, Sullivan’s Regional Sales Manager knew the demand after Sandy would present significant challenges for its production team. Sullivan’s team spent the first six weeks after the storm visiting damaged facilities to work out design and production details, while the factory quickly added design and construction crews, made advance purchases of long lead time materials, secured commitments from materials vendors and committed to working seven days a week to meet the urgent requests for new dock systems and structures totaling more than 1,000 slips. Every marina owner wanted to be back in business for the spring 2013 boating season. Sullivan said, “By the time construction permits and insurance issues were worked out, we were dealing with a very short window of several months to get everyone operational for the spring boating season.”

Once all the design details were finalized, Sullivan’s project managers were confronted with the challenging situation of having to manage multiple fast-tracked emergency projects. It also had to coordinate with numerous contractors and owners during a period when weather is always a major factor. With flexible project management practices, Sullivan’s team was able to quickly adjust each marina’s production schedule as conditions warranted. When unforeseen delays occurred on one project, resources would immediately shift to another project.

The seven-acre manufacturing facility at Sullivan Flotation Systems with four separate buildings and manufacturing teams operate as many as six or more projects under construction at the same time and provided a huge advantage in meeting the enormous demand. Sullivan is also accustomed to intense seasonal demands, so its business model and facilities have evolved to put it in a position where it can ramp up quickly when needed. It also designs and fabricates all of its own steel components in-house, giving it much more control over parts availability.

Widespread Damage

After Superstorm Sandy, calls for help immediately came from the following marinas:

  • Channel Club Marina, a large, popular marina in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, utilized fixed piers that were almost completely destroyed. During the design process the owners decided to make an upgrade to their new floating system by installing IPE hardwood deck. The new marina has 140 slips for boats  ranging from 30 to 100 feet, a fuel dock and floating wave attenuator. Rebuilt and operational by April 1, 2013.
  • Atlantis Marina in Staten Island, New York, was completely destroyed. The owners chose a molded southern pine deck surface for the new floating dock system. The marina has slips for 130 boats ranging from 25 to 70 feet with interior pile guides. Rebuilt and operational by March 1, 2013.
  • Oceanic Marina in Rumson, New Jersey, chose IPE hardwood decking for the new docks. The marina has slips for 110 boats ranging from 20 to 45 feet with fiberglass piles and a fixed breakwater. Rebuilt and operational by April 1, 2013.
  • Rumson Country Club & Marina also chose IPE hardwood decking for the docks and slips for 45 boats ranging from 30 to 50 feet with a wave attenuator and kayak dock. Rebuilt and operational by May 1, 2013.
  • Raritan Marina in Lawrence Harbor, New, Jersey, needing slips for 130 boats ranging from 25 to 45 feet using a 24-inch freeboard. Rebuilt and operational by May 15, 2013.
  • Lockwood Marina in South Amboy, New Jersey, needed docks and slips for 40 boats ranging from 35 to 40 feet. Rebuilt and operational by May 1, 2013.
  • Morgan’s Marina in South Amboy, New Jersey, needed docks and slips for 135 boats ranging from 20 to 45 feet. Rebuilt and operational by May 1, 2013.
  • Molly Pitcher Inn Marina in Red Bank, New Jersey, needed to replace docks and slips for 20 for 50-foot boats along with two floating wave attenuators. Rebuilt and operational by May 1, 2013.
  • Navesink Marina in Navesink, New Jersey, needed repairs to docks and slips for 120 boats ranging in size from 30 to 60 feet plus a fuel dock. Rebuilt and operational by February 15, 2013.
  • Surf City Marina in Surf City, New Jersey, needed to replace docks and 40 slips for 25-foot boats along with a new fuel dock. Rebuilt and operational by April 15, 2013.
  • Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, needed to replace docks and slips for 120 boats ranging from 25 to 45 feet. Rebuilt and operational by April 15, 2013.

New Docks

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Atlantis Marina in Staten Island, New York, was completely destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 and rebuilt by March 1, 2013.

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Atlantis Marina in Staten Island, New York, was completely destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 and rebuilt by March 1, 2013.

One of the first marinas to call Sullivan for help was the Channel Club Marina in Monmouth, New Jersey. George Chrysanthopoulos, managing partner for the marina, was thankful for Sullivan’s immediate help and said that “restoring the Channel Club Marina posed numerous challenges and required many difficult decisions. However, after exploring all of our options with the Sullivan team, we decided to replace the damaged fixed docks with Sullivan’s engineered floating dock system and a new wave attenuator and fuel dock. Sullivan provided excellent service with the design, construction and installation support, and its ability to meet our tight schedule during such a busy time is to be commended. The new floating dock system was clearly the right choice both functionally and aesthetically and gone are the maintenance problems and access issues. We along with our slip holders couldn’t be happier with this decision,” Chrysanthopoulos said.

Great Kills Harbor in Staten Island, New York, is protected from the Atlantic Ocean by a narrow section of beach area. When Sandy struck, the ocean overtopped the beach and virtually every marina in the harbor was damaged or destroyed by the record breaking storm surge. It caused the docks to float off the anchor piles sending docks and boats into the surrounding neighborhoods. Atlantis Marina was among the hardest hit and its dock system was a total loss. Within a few days, Sullivan had a crew on-site working with owner Ken Formica and his family to disassemble and clear the damaged docks and debris. Construction of the new docks and site clearing occurred simultaneously so when the site was clear the new docks immediately began to arrive. Since the steel piles were still in place and undamaged, Sullivan’s designers modified the dock system so that it could be installed around the existing piles. Because the original pile footprint was inside the structural framework of the dock, special pile guides and openings had to be designed so that the docks could fit around the piles and be field finished. Atlantis Marina was the first marina in the harbor to be fully operational after the storm.

Sullivan shipped more than 150 truckloads of docks in a five-month period with a local trucking firm that dedicated its fleet almost exclusively to deliver docks seven days a week.

In six months, Sullivan Flotation Systems worked hand-in-hand and with each of these marina owners simultaneously to get them back in business quickly.

Meeco Sullivan Develops Unique Dock Solution

Ken Brown, General Manager of Atlantic-Meeco, announced the completion of the challenging Point Venture marina expansion on Lake Travis in Point Venture Texas. The Atlantic-Meeco design team had to develop a creative solution to fit the new docks on a small piece of land outside the main cove that would not be affected by low water levels, would still be accessible to the existing marina facilities and would meet the Lower Colorado River Authority’s requirements. As Tania Spikes, Point Venture’s General Manager said “we had three companies bid on this project and Atlantic-Meeco was the only company that said this could be done and that they would develop a workable solution to all the challenges we faced. They helped us design a perfect solution for adding 76 new covered slips, 6 sailboat slips and a 536 foot wave attenuator and their customer service, communications and attention to detail throughout the project made this expansion run smoothly from start to finish. We couldn’t be happier.” Plus, Atlantic-Meeco helped revise the original permit to expand the slip sizes from 20’ to 24’ and the design gives Point Venture the ability to easily add more slips when needed.

The new and unique “elongated H design” of the dock includes the Meeco Galvanized Steel System, polyethylene floats and concrete deck panels and Atlantic-Meeco handled every aspect including design, engineering, permitting and installation as well as electrical and land accessibility design.

Ken Brown, General Manager of Atlantic-Meeco, noted that “this Point Venture project is another great example of our team’s can-do attitude and our commitment to exceptional customer service and the project manager, Steve Shoup, did a great job leading and managing our team to bring this project in ahead of schedule and under budget.”

Meeco Sullivan Completes Major Rebuild

F&P Development Group LLC awarded Sullivan the contract in August 2013 to handle the design, construction and installation and chose Sullivan because of its time tested reputation with coastal marinas and dock systems and its exceptional product quality and experience with wood products. Trey Pratt with F&P Development commented that “the Sullivan team worked through just about every weather condition imaginable to meet our aggressive replacement schedule and to make this project a reality for the 2014 boating season. Plus, they anticipated all site conditions so the plan worked without issue even with the worst weather in decades.”

Mr. Pratt also noted that “the new design required Sullivan to rebuild the entire marina around existing piles. Since some of the piles were recessed within the docks structural framing, Sullivan’s designers had to create open ended finger piers that could be finished on site. This innovative solution eliminated the expense of removing and re-driving piles”. The decking on the pre-engineered wood system consists of Grey Composite non-skid material with a custom recessed border. Additional features that make this marina unique include large aluminum cleats, black vinyl dock fenders, large gangway landing platforms and triangular finger corner gussets. The completed marina now includes 145 slips ranging in size from 35’ to 65’.

Meeco Sullivan Awarded Numerous Contracts

Given the massive destruction along the northeastern coast from Hurricane Sandy, numerous marinas needed to rebuild quickly to prepare for the 2013 boating season. Sullivan Flotation Systems was awarded numerous contracts because of its proven product line, expertise with coastal marina designs and environments and the capacity to move quickly and complete and install multiple and complex projects simultaneously. Some of the marinas currently being rebuilt by Sullivan Flotation Systems include:

  • The Channel Club Marina &Yacht Club in Monmouth Beach, NJ. This is a 140 slip facility with boats ranging from 25’ to 60’.
  • Oceanic Marina in Rumson, NJ, A 90-slip facility located on the Shrewsbury River.
  • Raritan Marina in Lawrence Harbor, NJ which when rebuilt will consist of 145 slips.
  • Atlantic Highlands Marina in Atlantic Highlands, NJ with over 100 slips of various sizes.

Sullivan is working overtime to ensure that all of these rebuilt facilities will be complete in time for the 2013 boating season.

Meeco Sullivan Completes Major Dock Rebuild

McAlester, OK—Steve Sullivan, President of Atlantic Meeco, announced the completion of a major dock replacement/expansion at the Fort Loudon Marina in Lenoir City, Tennessee that included 925 ft. of new dock with 91 covered slips of various sizes. Atlantic Meeco’s team handled the design, construction and installation of the entire project and fast-tracked the installation to minimize the inconvenience to the boat owners whose slips were being replaced and whose boats were at temporary docks. The initial dock structure and extra crews arrived in early January to expedite the installation and the new dock was fully operational by the end of March.
Bret King, General Manager of Fort Loudon Marina, commented that “we chose Atlantic Meeco because of the exceptional quality of their designs, materials and craftsmanship and the fact that they always go the extra mile for us. Our desired roof design presented some unique challenges and even though we requested many design revisions, their design team made them quickly and still met our completion date. Their dock systems really are designed and built to last.”

Atlantic Meeco is “The Marina Company” with over 50 years of experience, 3,000 marina and dock projects completed and 60,000 slips in use worldwide. We are committed to delivering a superior product and make virtually every component ourselves to ensure the highest quality and the longest life. Plus, we stand behind every system with the strongest warranties in the industry. For more information visit www.atlantic-meeco.com.