Willard Marine East in Chesapeake, Virginia
Willard Marine Relocates its East Operations to New Facility in Chesapeake, Virginia
Oceanside, CA, August, 2022 -- Willard Marine, Inc. (Willard), a leading builder of composite and aluminum boats for 65 years, announces the relocation and expansion of its East Coast operations to Chesapeake, VA.
The new Chesapeake facility has waterfront access, provides additional production capacity to meet anticipated growth, along with increased ability to produce metal boats. Willard’s mid-Atlantic location provides shorter delivery distances and faster repair times for East Coast military and commercial customers.
Willard’s Director of Manufacturing, Joe Nangle, commented about the relocation, “The move of our East Coast facility to our new location, will allow us to have a total capacity of 14,400 sq/ft. This will increase our service capacity and expand our metal boat production capabilities.”
Tim Pridemore, Director of Service, will oversee operations in the new facility, SOLAS rescue boat inspections, testing and certification, and global customer support.
Willard Marine - East will conform to WMI’s ISO 9001:2015 certified quality management system and become be an ISO 9001:2015 certified location later this year
About Willard Marine, Inc
Willard Marine builds mission proven boats as tough and worthy as those who depend on them. Law enforcement, military, and commercial mariners around the world place unwavering confidence in their Willard boats and the talented men and women who design, build, and service them. It is always our mission to help mariners complete theirs.
Willard has a proven track record of designing and building some of the safest, most rugged vessels in the world. Since our founding in 1957, Willard has provided more than 1,500 boats to the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corp., as well as allied foreign military, law enforcement agencies, search and rescue organizations and commercial companies. Based in California, with additional facilities in Chesapeake, VA, Willard is the sole American manufacturer of SOLAS approved rescue boats. Willard boats are built to meet a variety of standards including USCG, ABYC, and ABS among others, and we are proud to be ISO 9001:2015 certified, which requires that we maintain a strict Quality Management System that consistently yields high-quality boats at reduced costs and more efficient production timelines for our clients.
Willard is proud to say that none of our clients have reported a hull-failure. This is a reflection of our quality engineering and manufacturing processes combined with our exceptional attention to detail found in everything from our orderly electrical wiring to the strategic placement of scupper holes. We stand behind our work and offer a comprehensive warranty so that our customers can enjoy many decades of safe operation, reliable performance, and low-cost maintenance with a Willard Marine boat!