Irwin Jacobs, who with business partner John Paul DeJoria acquired the Carver and Marquis boat companies from the estate of bankrupt Genmar Holdings Inc., said the new company – Marquis Yachts LLC – plans to ramp up operations immediately and begin recalling laid-off plant workers within the next few weeks.
Jacobs, Chairman of Marquis Yachts LLC, said “I'm very pleased that we were able to acquire the Carver Yacht and Marquis Yacht Companies through Genmar's recent bankruptcy proceedings. I've been associated with Carver Yachts for over 19 years and Marquis Yachts for 6 years. Both companies have always been recognized leaders and innovators in building world-class, premier yachts. Although the past two years in our industry have been the most difficult throughout my 30-plus years in the recreational boating industry, I'm convinced that the worst is now behind us. Dealer inventory levels for both Carver and Marquis are at historically low levels throughout the world, which gives me great optimism that we should begin receiving several new orders for both Carver and Marquis Yachts from our dealers throughout the world.”
Robert Van Grunsven was named President of the Carver Yacht and Marquis Yacht companies. Robert has been with Carver and Marquis for more than 34 years. “I'm extremely pleased and excited that we will continue to build Carver and Marquis brand yachts and continue our heritage and reputation for building premium quality yachts to serve a global market,” said Van Grunsven. “Plans are already under way to begin rehiring both production and management personnel to get our Pulaski yacht building facility up and running over the next ten days to two weeks. Our plans are to begin production within the next two weeks and we plan on shipping our first newly-completed vessels in early April 2010.”
At their peak, the Carver and Marquis plants employed about 1,500 people.