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Senior Sales & Marketing Executive Hired as VP, National Sales Manager

 

Warwick, NY—Meeco Sullivan announced the hiring of Dennis Wilson as Vice President, National Sales Manager effective August 5, 2019. Peter Ladouceur, President of Meeco Sullivan, noted “We are very pleased to have a sales leader of Dennis’ caliber join our management team and excited about the diverse sales and marketing expertise and professionalism he will bring to both our sales team and our growing organization.”

Dennis has a proven track record with Fortune 500 global business-to-business marketers over the past 23 years in roles as Director of Worldwide Sales, Vice President of Sales & Marketing and Director of Sales & Marketing. Mr. Wilson’s background includes expertise in the technical industrial, engineered products and capital equipment business sectors among others and he has a solid reputation as a “growth specialist” who drives sales initiatives and pioneers successful marketing campaigns.

Dennis is a strong leader with a comprehensive background leading and managing direct sales teams, indirect sales channels, international sales teams and manufacturing rep organizations. Plus, he has created and delivered sales management training programs, product training seminars, and channel management and development programs. Dennis has also been recognized with multiple achievement awards for excellence in sales and marketing throughout his career.

Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from LaSalle University and has completed several MBA level and Executive Management and Development Courses and Leadership Programs.

 

Steve Sullivan Retires After 38 Years

Warwick, NY— After helping lead and grow the company for the past 38 years, Meeco Sullivan announced Steve Sullivan’s retirement as President and CEO. Steve will continue to support and advise the company as a member of the Meeco Sullivan/Wahoo Advisory Board.

Steve began his marina industry career when he joined the family business, Sullivan Flotation Systems of Warwick, N.Y. in 1980. Mr. Sullivan held a variety of operational, sales and management positions before becoming President in 1995. For the past 23 years Steve and his brother Robert have helped grow the company from a small regional manufacturer into one of North America’s largest floating dock and marina companies.

In 2008 Sullivan Flotation Systems merged with Atlantic Meeco of McAlester, OK. and in 2015 the two companies were reorganized to become known as Meeco Sullivan. A year ago, Tuckahoe Holdings of Richmond, VA acquired Meeco Sullivan with a commitment to aggressively grow the business. An example of this commitment is the recent acquisition of Wahoo Docks, an industry leader in aluminum dock systems, which now gives Meeco Sullivan the broadest product line and makes them the largest supplier of steel, timber and aluminum dock systems in North America.

Peter Ladouceur was appointed the new President of Meeco Sullivan effective January 1, 2019. Mr. Ladouceur joined the company in November 2017 as the Warwick N.Y. Division Manager and National Projects Manager.

Prior to joining Meeco Sullivan, Peter was the COO of J.T. Cleary, Inc. a New York City based heavy civil and marine general contractor. Peter brings extensive operations and project management experience to Meeco Sullivan through his prior roles with J.T. Cleary, Kiewit Construction Company and Modern Continental.

Harbor East Relies on Meeco Sullivan to Help Revitalize Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

 

Warwick, NY—Ralph Morley, Senior VP National Sales for Meeco Sullivan, announced the recent completion of Baltimore’s newly renovated Harbor East Marina. Harbor East is a 180-slip marina with over 900 ft. of alongside dockage for larger yachts and is located in the heart of the city’s Harbor East neighborhood that includes 12 square blocks of fine dining restaurants, world-class hotels, hip lounges, quaint pubs, and the best of national and local shops. In addition to all that Harbor East has to offer, guests can walk to all the major attractions at the Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point and Little Italy including the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center.

Harbor East Marina’s goal was to renovate and upgrade a world-class marina that would further enhance the area’s revitalization and be attractive to both local boaters and transient boaters as a boating destination. Meeco Sullivan worked very closely with Harbor East and Oasis Marinas, who manages the facility, to create a marina design that included many unique/custom features to complement the area while being as functional and convenient as possible to boaters. The final design totaled 64,000 sq. ft. of floating docks and included:

  1. An upgraded/heavier Sullivan Timber System with IPE decking
  2. 18” steel piles
  3. All decking was recessed to provide cleaner edges and nicer look
  4. All fingers have custom shapes
  5. All docks are full length single loaded slips for much easier boat/dock access
  6. Cleats are all ships cleats
  7. Built to accommodate extensive utilities—200-Amp service to some docks, water, fire suppression system, pump out system at every other slip
  8. A 685 ft. yacht dock and a 268’ yacht dock that are 16’ wide (two 8’ sections bolted together)
  9. Meeco Sullivan built all the “party pads” and social spaces that are located throughout the marina. The main 50×60 party pad is a covered area with electricity, tables, seating et al for large groups to use. These are permanent and attached to the docks to accommodate both boat club groups and regular customers.

Eric Bradley, VP of Operations for Oasis Marinas commented that “We had very high expectations for this marina and we couldn’t be happier with the quality of the customized timber system Meeco Sullivan delivered. From our first visit to their Warwick, NY facility, through the design and planning phase with their team and the entire installation they exceeded our expectations. Everyone is raving about the newly renovated marina and how well it fits with the entire Harbor East atmosphere.”

 

The design includes several social areas with utilities and seating for slip-holders and visiting boat clubs.

Dissen & Juhn, the marine install contractor, and Meeco Sullivan worked very closely to carefully coordinate delivery/installation schedules and complete each phase on schedule. A nearby off-site staging area was used for delivery of all docks and they were barged to the marina for installation as needed.

All of the docks were built at Meeco Sullivan’s Warwick, NY facility. The contract was awarded in January 2017 with Phase 1 docks delivered in April 2017, Phase 2 docks  delivered in early 2018 and installation was completed in May 2018. Click here to learn more about Harbor East Marina.

 

Suntex Marinas Chooses Meeco Sullivan for Vero Beach Marina Expansion

Ralph Morley, Senior VP National Sales for Meeco Sullivan, announced the recent completion of the expansion at the Suntex Vero Beach Marina, which is part of Grand Harbor, Vero Beach’s largest upscale residential community on the Indian River and minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. The expansion added 23 open slips from 40’ to 60’, with two 120’ T-heads and 300’ of connecting docks, giving the full-service marina a total capacity of 155 boats from 35’ to 120’ plus a 150’ face dock for transient boaters.
This is the fourth marina project Meeco Sullivan has completed for Suntex in 2018. They chose the Sullivan Timber System with IPE decking, polyethylene floats and piling anchors. The project also included a customized floating dock to accommodate the weight of the electrical substation. The first docks were delivered on-time in early May and completed by mid-June for new summer boaters. Given the limited and tight access areas around the marina, Meeco Sullivan had to carefully plan and manage the dock delivery and off-loading process for everything to be completed on schedule.
This is Suntex Marinas second project with Meeco Sullivan in Florida. Sam Chavers, Suntex Regional Vice President commented that “We are very pleased with the quality of Meeco Sullivan’s docks and their customer service – as well as their team’s professionalism throughout the project. They take great pride in their work and delivered everything on-time as promised.”

Meeco Sullivan Acquires Wahoo Docks to Become #1 in Aluminum Floating Dock Systems

Ralph Morley, Senior VP Sales and Business Development for Meeco Sullivan, announced effective September 18, 2018 that Meeco Sullivan’s parent company, Tuckahoe Holdings has acquired a majority ownership interest in Wahoo Docks based in Dahlonega, GA. Wahoo Docks is a 25-year old company that is North America’s #1 supplier of the highest quality, aluminum residential floating dock systems. Meeco Sullivan has been an industry leader in galvanized steel and timber floating dock systems with a combined 110 years of dock experience and will now be #1 in steel, aluminum and timber dock systems with Wahoo Docks added to its product offering.

Tim Osby, President of Wahoo Docks, will retain his ownership position and continue in his role as President. Tim noted that “We have always taken great pride in designing and producing the highest quality aluminum dock systems and we are excited to be joining forces with an industry leader like Meeco Sullivan. It will be business as usual for us as we continue to support our nationwide dealer network creating new sales opportunities for them and helping Meeco Sullivan grow its commercial aluminum dock business.”

Ralph Morley commented that “This is another great example of Tuckahoe Holdings commitment to supporting Meeco Sullivan’s growth goals by giving us the resources to make strategic acquisitions. Wahoo Docks is a highly respected industry leader and a perfect complement to Meeco Sullivan’s business. When you add Wahoo Docks 70,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Georgia to our McAlester, OK and Warwick, NY manufacturing facilities we have more production capacity and expertise in galvanized steel, aluminum and timber dock systems than anyone in North America.”

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 stated that “We saw this as the right investment at the right time to create not only great synergies and efficiencies but the opportunity to be the marina industry’s undisputed leader. We’re committed to the long-term success of these companies and the futures of their employees. Tuckahoe Holdings core values always put people first and their enduring success and safety are just as critical as exemplary financial performance.”

About Wahoo Docks

Headquartered in Dahlonega, Georgia, Wahoo Docks is the largest manufacturer of residential and commercial aluminum boat docks in North America with over 25 years of experience and dealers across the United States and in several international locations. Their exclusive dealer network is comprised of over 100 dock and marine specialists who sell and service Wahoo Docks. Recognized for building the highest-quality aluminum dock systems available, Wahoo incorporates state-of-the-art design practices and technologies to deliver products that are durable, cost-efficient, aesthetically appealing and low maintenance. To learn more visit wahoodocks.com or contact Scott Livingston at scott@wahoodocks.com.  

 

 

 

Suntex Marinas Relies on Meeco Sullivan Again

McAlester, OK—Ralph Morley, Senior VP National Sales for Meeco Sullivan, announced the recent completion of the Glade Marina expansion on Lake Allatoona, Georgia for Suntex Marinas. Lake Allatoona is a very popular recreational lake located near Atlanta’s northwestern suburbs. Glade Marina was purchased by Suntex Marinas in 2013 and offers a full range of boating and recreational amenities on its 137 acres, which now includes (10) docks accommodating (332) boats of various sizes.

This recently completed 10th dock includes thirty 24’ and ten 36’ covered slips – designed, built and installed by Meeco Sullivan. The new dock design is a galvanized steel truss frame, a roof system with skylights, Sunburst concrete deck tiles, polyethylene floats, and a winch/cable anchoring system designed to accommodate the fluctuating lake levels controlled by the Corp of Engineers.

This is Suntex Marinas first project in Georgia with Meeco Sullivan. The contract was awarded in November 2017 and completed by the April 1, 2018 deadline. Danny Biebricher, General Manager at Glade Marina, commented “We couldn’t be happier with the job Meeco Sullivan did. We chose them because of their quality fabrication and track record with other Suntex projects. Plus, their sales/design/installation teams handled everything very professionally. The entire project went very smoothly being completed on-time and within budget. Our new dock leaseholders love the new dock.”

 

Glade Marina’s New Dock 10

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.