Leadership Competencies

Vistage Member in Seattle Wins Washington Manufacturer of the Year Award

Congratulations to Vistage Member Keith Whittemore, President of Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., on winning the 2010 Washington Manufacturer of the Year Award.

Keith and his company were recently featured in a Seattle Business article about the award. Here’s an excerpt:

“Kvichak, with 226 employees, is nothing if not versatile. It was founded in the early 1980s in a garage by three commercial fishermen—Jim Meckley, Keith Whittemore and Brian Thomas—who wanted to make sails for racing boats. Now, Kvichak turns out aluminum passenger ferries, fishing boats, whale-watching catamarans, pilot boats, even hovercraft. Five years ago, it bought Marco Pollution Control, a designer and manufacturer of oil-spill recovery equipment, to broaden its line of response boats.

A more recent project is Kvichak’s partnering with a Wisconsin boatyard that bid on and won the Response Boat-Medium contract, an effort by the U.S. Coast Guard to update and standardize its fleet of utility boats. Kvichak established a division in Kent to build the 45-foot boats; the team has so far delivered 20 boats at about $2 million each and expects to deliver 30 more in the next 12 months, and the overall contract could include as many as 250 vessels.”

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