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WindRiver Marina Puts Their Trust in Meeco Sullivan Again for Latest Expansion

 526’ wave attenuator with covered 90’ slips includes anchor pilings and a 6’ submerged wavewall.

McAlester, OK—Ralph Morley, Senior VP & Sales Manager for Meeco Sullivan announced the completion of the latest expansion at WindRiver Marina on Tellico Lake. WindRiver is a lakefront and golf community located minutes from Knoxville Tennessee.

WindRiver selected Meeco Sullivan for their initial marina construction in 2006 and has put their trust in Meeco Sullivan for their last three marina expansions in 2015, 2016, and 2017. With the latest expansion just completed, WindRiver now includes 128 covered 30’, 40’, 60’, and 90’ slips, a 526’ wave attenuator with 90’ covered slips and an open Courtesy Dock and Fuel Center.

Mark Fronczek, WindRiver’s VP of Development, has overseen all the expansion construction with Meeco Sullivan and couldn’t be happier with their product quality, how easy they are to work with, and their ability to deliver everything on time. Mark commented that “WindRiver is a first-class development, so our residents have very high expectations. Meeco Sullivan’s team has been a pleasure to work with and they keep meeting and exceeding our expectations. Our residents couldn’t be happier with the aesthetics, functionality and durability of our floating covered docks.”

All docks are Meeco Sullivan’s galvanized steel truss design with aggregate concrete deck tiles, polyethylene floats, and vented metal roof. The 526’ wave attenuator/covered 90’ slips includes anchor pilings and a 6’ submerged wavewall — specifically designed to dispel boat traffic waves to protect the marina while providing slip occupants an amazing view of Tellico Lake’s main channel.

 Jim Helderle, Meeco Sullivan’s Southeast Region Sales Manager was involved from the design phase through final installation and noted that “Our team worked very closely with the WindRiver team to ensure the dock designs and the wave attenuator design fit their harbor layout for maximum future expansion. Plus, all installation scheduling was properly coordinated to meet the promised completion date. It was a great overall team effort.”

 

 

Storm Damaged Pleasant Harbor Marina Relies on Meeco Sullivan for Renovation

After Pleasant Harbor Marina’s old Galvafoam docks were devastated by a micro-burst storm that passed through the Phoenix area last summer, they turned to Meeco Sullivan for help with the planning, design and construction of a $2.6 million renovation and replacement project.

All docks will be replaced with Meeco Sullivan’s galvanized steel docks with aggregate concrete decking. The first docks arrived as scheduled in late January after extensive engineering and construction planning by the Meeco Sullivan project management team. “This has been a challenging project from the beginning because of the hidden damage to much of the marina superstructure, and the insurance requirements involved,” said J. Mills, Meeco Sullivan Western Region Sales Manager. “Our engineering and construction teams worked closely with all the stakeholders to ensure that the marina will be better than new when finished.”

 The renovation is expected to take three months and will include replacement of three complete docks with more than 130 slips ranging in size from 30’ to 95’ and the partial replacement and repair of the marina’s 1200’ long floating bridge, as well as major repairs to other areas of the 620-slip marina. Pleasant Harbor’s fuel dock will also be relocated, and sections of the marina’s anchoring system will be redesigned and replaced to help stormproof the docks for the future. To learn more about Pleasant Harbor Marina visit pleasantharbor.com.

Meeco Sullivan Poised for Continued Strong Growth with Acquisition by Tuckahoe Holdings

McAlester, OK—Steve Sullivan, CEO of Meeco Sullivan, is pleased to announce that effective December 29, 2017 Tuckahoe Holdings, based in Richmond, VA, has acquired 100% of the company. Since Sullivan Flotation Systems and Atlantic Meeco merged three years ago, the mission for the new MEECO SULLIVAN business has been to grow by winning more than its fair share of new contracts while maintaining the highest product quality and customer service standards. The revamped management and sales teams, the expanded production facilities, the streamlined production processes, the new equipment and the highly skilled employees and their commitment to total customer satisfaction are making that growth a reality.

Ralph Morley, Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager for Meeco Sullivan, stated that “When we became Meeco Sullivan we had the most capacity of any fresh or saltwater marina manufacturer in the industry and our shared vision and purpose coupled with the major investments we’ve made in our production facilities are really paying off. 2016 and 2017 have been record years for MEECO SULLIVAN as we’ve continued to win more than our fair share of new contracts for freshwater/saltwater and covered/uncovered floating dock systems.”

Tuckahoe Holdings is a family run and family controlled private investment firm focused on acquiring successful businesses that they can own and invest in on a permanent basis. Stuart Farrell, Managing Partner with Tuckahoe Holdings commented that “We are very impressed with Meeco Sullivan’s track record, operations and people and we are fully committed to investing and supporting its continued growth and longevity as a leader in the marina industry. At Tuckahoe Holdings we put people first and their enduring success and safety are just as critical as exemplary financial performance. We see a very bright future for Meeco Sullivan.”

 Steve Sullivan will continue as CEO and Ralph Morley will continue as Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager. Steve Sullivan stated that “The entire Meeco Sullivan team is energized to have an owner like Tuckahoe Holdings because they are committed to our continued success and investing in the tools we need to grow and to keep delivering on our promise of More Experience, More Capacity and More Value.”  To learn more about Tuckahoe Holdings please visit tuckahoeholdings.com.

 

Meeco Sullivan Helps Provincetown Marina Accommodate Large Yachts

Provincetown Marina on Cape Cod

Warwick, NY: Located at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown, MA the Provincetown Marina serves as a major vacation spot for transient boaters in the New England area and has become an attractive area for mega yachts. Cape Cod is one of the most beautiful boating areas in New England, but it has had a severe shortage of marina space making it extremely hard and expensive to find boat slips. Chuck Lagasse, the owner of Provincetown Marina, saw this need and made a commitment to increase Provincetown Marina’s slip capacity with the help of Meeco Sullivan and SF Marine Systems.

Provincetown Marina contracted with Harbor Engineering to handle the design/engineering work required to accommodate larger vessels and the expansion plan was phased over two years. The design required extremely rugged and strong docks able to handle the tough weather conditions and larger vessels while being as cost-effective as possible. The combination of heavy concrete attenuators with extra-heavy timber fingers was a great fit and included 60-90 uncovered slips, depending on the boat size, primarily geared to accommodate 30’-100’ pleasure boats but the design provided the flexibility to handle up to 400’ mega yachts.

Meeco Sullivan provided all the heavy-duty timber finger docks with IPE decking ranging in size from 4’ x 30’ up to 8’ x 80’ that were fabricated in their Warwick, NY facility. Most of the fingers have internal removable gate pile guides because they are removed and stored on land in the winter. All the main walkways and face docks are SF Marine System concrete attenuators.

Chuck Lagasse commented that “We made a big commitment to this expansion project and we couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with. Harbor Engineering, Meeco Sullivan and SF Marine Systems all worked together seamlessly to meet our expectations and deliver everything on time.” To learn more visit Provincetown Marina.

Matt Kress Hired as Midwest Region Sales Manager

McAlester, OK— Ralph Morley, Sr. Vice President for Meeco Sullivan, announced the appointment of Matt Kress as the company’s new Midwest Region Sales Manager with responsibility for business development and customer service in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Mr. Kress will be based in Cleveland, OH and brings over 15 years of international leadership and sales management experience in supply chain sales, continuous improvement, and key account management. Most recently Matt was Operations Manager for EMP Industries in St. Petersburg, FL. Matt managed all aspects of EMP’s operations including manufacturing, sales, marketing and distributor and supplier agreements. Matt has also completed the Marine Engineering CE Course at the University of Wisconsin and has earned the Six Sigma Black Belt certification from Villanova University.

Mr. Morley noted that “We are excited to have Matt join our team and believe his thorough understanding of marina design and engineering coupled with his passion and commitment to excellence and first-class customer service will be a real asset to our customers and marina owners and developers in the Midwest.”

 

Buffalo’s Lake Erie Marina–NY Park System’s Largest Marina Completed on Schedule

1063 slips range in size from 24′ to 50′

Buffalo, NY– In March of 2016 Meeco Sullivan was awarded one of the largest contracts ever by the New York State Parks System. The City of Buffalo Inner Harbor Development Corporation’s plans for revising and reconfiguring the existing Lake Erie Marina made it the largest full service marina in the New York State Parks System with 1063 slips. Meeco Sullivan delivered over 148 tractor trailer loads of docks on schedule from its McAlester, OK facility so the marina could be ready for its scheduled Spring 2017 opening.  

Safe Harbor Development, the operator of Lake Erie Marina, replaced all of the existing floating docks and walkways with Meeco Sullivan’s galvanized steel frame system with composite decking and encapsulated flotation and will include slip sizes from 11′ x 24′ to 20′ x 50′ along with 30′, 34′ and 40′ slips to accommodate the most popular boat sizes in the area. The Lake Erie Marina also included:
 
A new fuel pier and courtesy docks with ADA accessibility
  • Modern fueling stations and a new ship store
  • A new PWC dock
  • A newly renovated full service restaurant
  • A newly renovated onsite Operations, Management and Boater Services office
  • A new 400 ft. wind and wave attenuator to protect fueling and courtesy slips at the mouth of the harbor

Meeco Sullivan’s sales, design and engineering teams worked closely with Safe Harbor Development to achieve maximum space utilization while providing the most functional, updated slip sizes and amenities available at any marina in the region. Since all of the new floating dock systems will be permanent, incorporating the right anchoring system was a major part of the design effort. A chain and cable anchoring system with driven piles beneath the water was an integral part of the marina design to withstand the extreme temperature changes and water flow conditions while maintaining a clean, aesthetic look. Meeco Sullivan handled all aspects of the design, engineering and production of the floating structures and local contractors handled the installation of the docks and utilities.

Floating docks were constructed of Meeco Sullivan’s galvanized steel frame truss system with composite decking

 

This is one of the first major inter-coastal waterfront revitalization projects for the city of Buffalo, NY where private development monies are being used to bring new commerce to a rapidly changing and revamped city economy but was spurred by Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan.
 
 Darby Campbell, President and Owner of Safe Harbor Development commented that “The city of Buffalo is very excited about this new marina and how it will contribute to both the Buffalo revitalization efforts and local economy as well as the quality of life for Buffalo residents who love the water. We chose Meeco Sullivan because of their experience, the quality of their design and their ability to produce a project of this size and deliver it on time and on budget.”

Lake Shasta Marina Expands with More Meeco Sullivan Galvanized Steel Docks

Packers Bay, Lake Shasta, CA— Spring has finally come to Northern California just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, and Shasta Marina Resort at Packers Bay has completed the installation of several more dock fingers to expand the service area for their large houseboat rental fleet.

Meeco Sullivan supplied the new galvanized steel docks with durable exposed aggregate concrete decking to complement all the other covered and open slip docks Meeco Sullivan has provided. Meeco Sullivan also manufactured new anchor winch platform docks earlier in the year to facilitate a more flexible and stable layout for the docks as water levels change in the lake.

Shasta Marina moved their docks to Packers Bay several years ago from O’Brien Inlet because it became too shallow during the drought. Now the marina extends more than 2,000 feet along 8’ to 12’ wide walkways, with 55 covered slips, 83 houseboat berths, and dock space for more than 50 rental houseboats and other visiting vessels, along with their on-the-water office and fuel dock. All docks are Meeco Sullivan’s unique box-truss galvanized steel frame design with exposed aggregate concrete decking.

Packers Bay is a much deeper location than O’Brien,” said John Harkrader, marina owner. “The Meeco Sullivan docks and anchor platforms handle the weather conditions very well, and have been an integral part of our relocation, allowing a lot of flexibility in our marina layout depending on seasonal water levels.”

 “Meeco Sullivan galvanized steel dock systems are the perfect solution for durable and flexible river and lake marina facilities,” said J. Mills, Western Region Sales Manager for Meeco Sullivan. “The docks are designed to accommodate concrete, composite, wood or aluminum decking, and the exposed aggregate concrete decking at Shasta Marina added an extra element of ambient functionality to their marina.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeco Sullivan Easily Meets Utah State Park Marina Spring Deadline

McAlester, OK— It’s still a cold, wet spring in Northern Utah, but Meeco Sullivan and the Merrill Sheriff Construction crew have been busy delivering and completing installation of new floating docks on Bear Lake. The Phase II redevelopment of Bear Lake State Park Marina in Garden City, Utah includes 218 boat slips and 440’ of Meeco Sullivan dock walkways with 12” galvanized steel frames and composite decking, plus end ties and three gangway landings. Slips are all single loaded, ranging in size from 20’ to 48’. Every dock incorporates Meeco Sullivan’s telescoping spud piling anchor system, utilizing galvanized piling pipe frame and 4” galvanized pipe pilings to provide a secure all season anchorage that easily adapts to fluctuating lake levels and winter conditions. Bear Lake State Park Marina will now have approximately 380 slips with longer side ties for 48’+ boats.

Bear Lake is located 50 miles northeast of Logan, Utah, encompassing an area of 112 square miles at an elevation of 5,923 feet, on the border of Idaho and Utah. The Bear Lake State Park Marina is operated by the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation Division. They have a long-standing relationship with Meeco Sullivan based on the Meeco Sullivan’s quality floating dock systems and their ability to always meet critical deadlines.

Working closely with local contractor, Merrill Sheriff Construction, Meeco Sullivan started shipping pre-assembled sections of their galvanized steel ‘box truss’ framed docks with composite decking in late March as the marina basin began to thaw. Meeco Sullivan’s unique ‘box truss’ frame design has proven to effectively handle the snow and ice loads typical during Utah’s winter season. “The pre-assembled docks made our work relatively quick and easy,” said Merrill Sheriff Construction project manager, Jake Sheriff. “Everything bolted together smoothly, and the utility runs were well designed so they easily handled the water and electric utility installation.”

Utah State Parks & Recreation Planning & Development Manager, Dan Clark, also commented that “the project went together better than anticipated, allowing the contractor to complete the installation on time, despite some rather inclement late spring snow and rain storms.”

Meeco Sullivan Western Region Sales Manager, J. Mills, visited the project in late April as the installation was nearing completion. Meeco Sullivan is also in the process of manufacturing new dock walkways for the Utah Department of Natural Resources at the Willard Bay State Park Marina outside of Ogden, Utah, and is working on other marina projects with both public and private operators across the state.  

 

Meeco Sullivan Continues to Expand Production Capabilities

Since Sullivan Flotation Systems and Atlantic Meeco merged almost two years ago, the mission for the new MEECO SULLIVAN business was to grow by winning more than its fair share of new contracts while maintaining the highest product quality and customer service standards. The revamped management and sales teams, the streamlined production processes, the new equipment and highly skilled employees and the commitment to total customer satisfaction are making that growth a reality. Ralph Morley, National Sales Manager for Meeco Sullivan, stated that “when we became Meeco Sullivan we had the most capacity of any fresh or saltwater marina manufacturer in the industry and our shared vision and purpose coupled with the major investments we’ve made in our production facilities are really paying off.”

These growth plans have included adding significant line workers and longer shifts at the Warwick facility and these additional capabilities at the McAlester, OK facility:

  • Added eight new welding machines and a new plasma cutter
  • Doubling the capacity of its frame line
  • Adding an additional assembly line
  • Adding an additional accessories line
  • Current production schedule includes six days a week with four 12 hour shifts and two 8 hour shifts

2016 was a record year for MEECO SULLIVAN as it won over 200 new contracts and includes the largest marina contract ever awarded by the New York State Park System for the 1063 slip Lake Erie Marina. In addition, contracts have been won and are in production for:

  • Wolf Creek Marina- Nancy, KY
  • Dale Hollow State Park Marina—Burkesville, KY
  • North Shore Marina—Austin, TX
  • East 55th Marina—Cleveland, OH
  • Point Venture Marina—Leander, TX
  • Port Liberte Marina—Jersey City, NJ
  • Haven Harbour Marina—Rock Hall, MD
  • Norton’s Shipyard & Marina, Greenwich, RI

The largest of these jobs has been the Lake Erie Marina, which includes a total of 13 floating docks with 1063 slips of various sizes. Seven docks have already been delivered and installation has begun with completion expected for early spring but final installation will be dependent on winter weather.

As Ralph Morley also noted, “Given our expanded capabilities and enormous capacity, we have been able to meet all agreed upon delivery dates and are well positioned to comfortably handle our forecasted work load for new contracts in 2017.”

Marina Industry Veteran Hired as Western Region Sales Manager

McAlester, OK— Ralph Morley, Division Manager for Meeco Sullivan, announced the appointment of James “J” Mills as the company’s new Western Region Sales Manager covering the states of California, Alaska, Hawaii, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Mr. Mills has an extensive marine industry background that includes over 18 years of coastal and inland marina management and development experience. Jay has also held positions in the marina industry that include Regional Vice President with Westrec Marinas overseeing six California Delta, Lake and San Francisco Bay marinas; General Manager of the California Recreation Company directing five Newport Beach and San Francisco Bay marinas; COO of the Twin Lakes Management Company directing and renovating two Central California lake marina resorts; Principal of Marina Business Associates/Pacific Dockmasters a marina business consulting and contracting company, and the Southern California Regional Distributor of HydroHoist Boat Lifts. In addition, Mr. Mills is a licensed General Engineering Contractor

We believe that J’s experience, contacts and broad marina knowledge will significantly increase our presence and market strength in the western U.S. as we continue our aggressive growth plans and our mission of delivering the best products and customer service in the industry,” said Ralph Morley.

Jay’s love of the marina and boating industry is also evidenced by his many years of commuter-cruising and racing his sloop along the west coast and the Sea of Cortez, and he’s an avid sailor and boater. In his spare time he has also been the Editor of “Bay & Delta Yachtsman” magazine, and writes marine industry technical articles for “Marina Dock Age” and “International Dredging Review” magazines. He is an active member and past board member of the Marine Recreation Association as well as being active with many other industry groups.

James "J" Mills will be responsible for western states

James “J” Mills will be responsible for western states

Jay noted “Meeco Sullivan has an impressive track record and reputation and I’m looking forward to building on Meeco Sullivan’s extensive design/build capabilities in coastal and inland marina development.” Jay is based in Lodi, California, and can be reached at 209- 452-2475 or jmills@meecosullivan.com.