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Eastern Metal Supply strengthens saltwater foothold

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Craig Lightle, General Manager of EMS, says the move allows it to move into new markets.
↑ Dan Madden of EMS added that the deal would help customers by allowing them to fulfill more of their overall marine requirements from one trading partner.

A US metal supplier has acquired a fishing equipment manufacturer to ‘strengthen its foothold’ in the saltwater sports fishing industry.

Eastern Metal Supply (EMS), which specialises in distributing aluminium products, has purchased the Tigress Trading Company Inc. and Tigress Specialty Metals Manufacturing Inc. to support its strategy to bring a diverse product line to its marine customers.

Tigress has been manufacturing saltwater fishing products for almost 25 years. With facilities in the Fort Lauderdale area of Florida, it makes and distributes a range that includes rod holders, outriggers and accessories, kite fishing tackle, chair accessories and other sport fishing equipment.

Tigress products are currently sold through local West Bay Marine and Bass Pro shops, as well as online and through other marine distribution outlets.

“This acquisition gives us the opportunity to expand our rapidly growing marine markets and our manufacturing capabilities for the marine industry,” said Co-General Manager of EMS Florida, Craig Lightle.

“It also allows EMS to increase its marine based product offering and enter new retail markets.”

Dan Madden, also Co-General Manager of EMS, added that the deal would help customers by allowing them to fulfill more of their overall marine requirements from one trading partner.

EMS specialises in just-in-time delivery of aluminium extrusions, hurricane shelters, sunshades, decking, fencing and marine extrusions and accessories. It is headquartered in Lake Worth and has various warehouses throughout Florida.

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