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Jun 15

July - SeaDek Marine Products

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM by Samantha Senger

SeaDek Marine
After years of growth, and employing roughly 130 people at its headquarters in Rockledge, SeaDek recently acquired property in Cocoa to expand its manufacturing operations.  They anticipate moving approximately 30 or more full-time jobs to the additional location in Cocoa. 

With planning and logistics already underway, the company hopes to begin operations at the new facility as early as Fall 2017. Due to the close proximity to their current factory in Rockledge, the Cocoa facility was an ideal location for SeaDek's expansion, and allowed them to keep all their operations in Brevard County.
SeaDek manufactures a wide range of EVA non-skid products for OEM boat builders, aftermarket customers, and dealers. In addition to custom products, SeaDek offers an extensive line of retail items, including DIY sheet material, anti-fatigue helm station pads, coaming bolsters, and more. As a safe and comfortable alternative to molded-in non-skid, paint-on textures and other marine traction products currently available, SeaDek provides exceptional traction and aesthetically pleasing stylistic options. Made from UV protected non-absorbent EVA foam, SeaDek utilizes an acrylic-based 3M™ pressure sensitive adhesive for a lasting bond and simple peel-and-stick application. 

Founded in 2004, SeaDek is the leading manufacturer of EVA non-skid products for the marine industry, and their innovative products can be seen on the decks of many of the world's leading boat manufacturers.
SeaDek is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company, and in 2014, became an employee-owned business with the implementation of an ESOP profit sharing plan. 

Cocoa is proud to welcome this great local company to our community. Visit their website at www.seadek.com for more information. 
Jan 23

February - Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc.

Posted on January 23, 2017 at 11:36 AM by Samia Singleton

Riverside
February 1, 2017 – Founded in 1996 as a manufacturer of aluminum, stainless steel and wrought iron products for the transportation, construction and residential industry, Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc. characterizes a company that understands its industry, knows its market and the importance of diversification to long term success.
 
Originally from South Africa, President and Founder Donald Benson relocated to Cocoa by chance. During a sailing trip around the world, he stopped at Port Canaveral to view a shuttle launch. While docked at Port Canaveral, his boat broke down. Then, he decided to stay in the area.
 
“We came here with the intent to watch the shuttle take off. Then one thing led to another and we’ve been here ever since,” says Benson, a process engineer by trade.
 
In 1985, Benson purchased Anchor Burglar Bars and IronCraft Inc., companies specializing in residential security bars and gates. Realizing the demand for residential security bars was decreasing, Benson diversified into manufacturing railing for condominiums. In 1996, he formed Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc.
 
“At that time, there was good business for security bars, but…there is not such a demand as there was before,” says Benson.
 
In its early stages, Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc. manufactured products for condominiums and high-end residence, specializing in spiral staircases, railings, gates and ornamental ironwork. “We did the railing on the entire 10-story condominium at 21 Riverside Avenue,” says Benson. Due to the recession, condominium and high-end residential development slowed down and Benson knew it was time to diversify the company again.
 
In 2006 Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc. shifted gears from manufacturing residential products to manufacturing handrails for bridges and roadways for the U.S. Department of Transportation.
 
The success of Amazon Metal Fabricator, Inc. led Benson form another company specializing in noise and vibration reducing foam-filled railing named Foam Filled in 2009. “We found when we were doing condominium railings, under some conditions the wind causes loud humming noises on railings. So, we developed a process and built our own machine customized to inject foam into the railings to reduce the noise,” says Benson.

Benson’s business savvy has led Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc. to become a leading manufacturer of metal products. The employer of six would like to eventually expand its companies into overseas markets.

For more information on Amazon Metal Fabricators, Inc. or Foam Filled, visit www.AmazonMetal.com, http://FoamFilled.com or http://DotRailing.com/. 

Jan 06

January - Brevard Team Sports

Posted on January 6, 2017 at 11:02 AM by Samia Singleton

Brevard Team Sports
January 6, 2017 – Located at 606 S. Cocoa Boulevard, Brevard Team Sports is a 100-percent woman-owned, local and family-owned and operated team sportswear retail/manufacturer. Owner Jayne McClanahan and her daughter Brittany McClanahan have operated the shop since 2009. 

“It’s the best of times and worst of times when you have a mother and daughter team,” says Jayne.

The McClanahans describe themselves as “falling into” the team sportswear industry. Their uncle started Brevard Team Sports in 2007 and presented them with the opportunity to purchase the business just a couple of years later.

“We weren’t intending to go into team sportswear, but this business fell into our hands and we’ve done very well,” says Jayne.
 
Brittany worked at Brevard Team Sports as the embroiderer while under their uncle’s ownership. “I take care of the business end and Brittany takes care of the manufacturing end – the embroidery and screen-print end,” says Jayne. All embroidery and screen-print are completed in-house.

In their retail store, customers will find a colorful assortment of business and sports apparel, uniforms, school uniforms, athletic equipment and promotional items, including the brands Mizuno® and Wilson®.
 
Customers come from all over Brevard County and Brevard Team Sports’ biggest customers include Brevard Public Schools, Cocoa Little League and City of Cocoa. “The Mayor (of Cocoa) comes in here all of the time,” says Jayne.

Brevard Teams Sports feels strongly about giving back to the community and frequently sponsors local little league teams and waives set-up fees for customers seeking team sportswear for charitable run/walks.

Brevard Team Sports currently has five employees and they are currently planning to relocate to a bigger location in Cocoa. “We’ve had our eyes on a spot and it just came available,” says Jayne.

For more information about Brevard Team Sports, visit www.BrevardTeamSports.com.