Marine Concepts (Cape Coral, Fla., USA) celebrated its 20th year in business on April 29. Bob and Karen Long acquired the fiberglass tooling company, Marine Concepts, from industry veteran Kiko Villalon. The company primarily offered services to the boatbuilding industry, but an effort to diversify (under parent company JRL Ventures Inc) in the early and mid 2000s proved successful and Marine Concepts now includes engineering and tooling assistance to the U.S. military, fast food restaurant chains, theme parks, recreational vehicles and the aerospace industry.
Substantial growth eventually prompted the purchase of an additional facility in Sarasota, Fla. More than 400,000-ft2/37,161m2 of manufacturing space and more than 200 engineers, tech support and customer services specialists are available.
When purchased by the Longs, Marine Concepts had 13 employees, no computers and one half-empty plant. Today, the company says it is the largest operator of CNC robotic equipment in Florida. "We would like to thank all of the companies that have supported us through our 20 years of historic changes and growth, and look forward to the next 20 years," says JRL/MC president Matt Chambers.
JRL Ventures Inc./Marine Concepts is a design, engineering, plug and composite tooling manufacturer. Specialists offer assistance with new design and product changes, plug and mold construction, repair and refurbishing of current tooling, engineering documentation, reverse engineering, metrology, mold and part laser scan validation, patterns and cold mold kits, and first article and short run production.