Renaissance Marine Group Acquires Assets of Hells Canyon Marine

Renaissance Marine Group (RMG) has purchased certain manufacturing assets, inventory, and rights to build and market the Hells Canyon Marine (HCM) brand of welded aluminum sport and fishing boats. RMG and HCM are both based in Clarkston Washington. Byron Bolton, CEO of Renaissance Marine Group and Ryan Rogers, Owner of Hells Canyon Marine made the announced at the end of December.

"We are offering jobs to all current HCM employees and look forward to adding the HCM staff to our RMG team,' said Bolton. "We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers and this asset purchase helps us do that. The hiring of the talented HCM boat builders and an additional manufacturing facility will allow us to better meet growing demand.'

Bolton shared some of the company's plans for the newly added brand. "During the next year we will review the HCM product for inclusion into our existing brand portfolio, expand large boat production at the Snake River facility and increase the capacity of other boat models at the existing RMG site. We anticipate adding to our Clarkston workforce, growing our US-based production and improving our overall costs.  Our vision is to become the preferred heavy gauge aluminum boat manufacturer. This is another step forward for RMG and our team of employees, dealers and boat owners.'

"Renaissance Marine Group shares the same values we do,' says Rogers. "The reputation we have for customer service, craftsmanship, and an environment customers and associates want to be a part of will continue.'  

For Rogers, this transaction will allow him to focus his efforts on the expansion of his automotive business. He is a Co-owner of Rogers Toyota Scion in nearby Lewiston, Idaho.

Mark Delaney, WestWinn Group's (Renaissance Marine Group's Canadian sister company based in Vernon, BC, which produces KingFisher boats) Marketing and Business Development Director, says there are no plans to re-brand HCM boats and that they may appear in Canada. "The market for heavy-gauge aluminum boats is very strong,' he explains. "Besides the Hells Canyon Marine product line, which is considered one of the best-in-class, we also can leverage their formidable manufacturing people and equipment to add capacity. HCM's boat building equipment is closely matched to ours. Their facility is right on the Snake River to facilitate testing.'

Delaney says some of RMG's specialty overflow work could be moved over to HCM's facility, including certain offshore series boats. "We needed capacity to meet current demand,' says Delaney.

With the addition of HCM personnel, RMG acquires approximately 10 employees.

Currently, RMG's designing and manufacturing experts are meeting with HCM's key personnel to integrate manufacturing practices.

Renaissance Marine Group, founded in 2000, is the parent company and manufacturer of Duckworth, Weldcraft and Northwest Boat brands of heavy gauge welded aluminum boats from 17 to 30 feet in length that are sold through a network of over 50 independent marine dealers primarily in the Western US and Canada. RMG will continue production in its Clarkston, Washington factory, and expand into the current HCM Snake River Facility located nearby in the Port of Wilma.

Founded in 2005, HCM manufactures tough, heavy-gauge aluminum river jet boats designed for extreme whitewater use. It also builds boats from 17 to 30 feet in length.